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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC520 Course ID: 2792 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the role of the principal as an instructional leader and how the principal can manage educational programs, personnel, and facilities while promoting professional development among staff. Candidates will learn how to organize tasks and projects to include the participation of various staff members. System and continuous-improvement processes as they apply to school improvement will be discussed and candidates will evaluate community attitudes, cultures, and appropriate communication strategies. Resources for improving internal and external home-school-community relations will be identified.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, candidates will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the range of the principal’s responsibilities, including that as a central figure in determining the academic and social quality of a school. (ELCC 5.1, 5.2) (PII 4.D)
  2. Create a plan to develop effective partnerships with community by responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources. (ELCC 4.2, 4.3,4.4) (PII 1.C)
  3. Implement positive practices for the school principal to enhance public relations. (ELCC 4.4) (PII 5.C, 5.D)
  4. Analyze organizational culture. (ELCC 2.1) (PII 5.B)
  5. Select appropriate methods to motivate teachers and improve campus culture. (ELCC 2.1) (PII 5.B, 5.E)
  6. Practice a problem-solving approach to contemporary issues faced by principals. (ELCC 6.3) (PII 4.B, 5.F)

ELCC=ELCC Standard Elements PII=Praxis II Standards


Please join the forums each week. Students must post a reply to both weekly forums and reply to at least 2 other students for each Forum. This means that each week you should have 2 initial posts and 4 responsive posts. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 150 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Forum Rubric

Campus Profile (Field Experience Activity: Approximately 4 hours. Please log on Field Experience form received in EDUC509)

Create a campus profile that contains demographic and assessment data, and campus planning information. This profile should include the vision statement, school goals, and the data that connects to each goal.

Cultural Constructs

How do each of the four organizational climate constructs relate to school effectiveness? Analyze these in relation to your school or school district. Use additional research and resources to support your findings. Please consult the Cultural Constructs Grading Rubric for further explanation of this assignment.

Theoretical Application

Apply theories of motivation to a specific school scenario provided by your instructor. Please review the Theoretical Application Grading Rubric for further explanation of this assignment.

Public Relations Plan

Create a public relations plan for your campus. This plan should be created in the form of a professional development presentation or activity that will be presented to the campus leadership team by the school principal. You will want to include positive practices focused on improved communication and positive community relationships. Please review the Public Relations Plan Presentation Grading Rubric for further explanation of this assignment.

Community Social Media Site and Reflective Essay

Create a social media gathering site where members of the community can go to discuss current community needs, or where community members can access information regarding needs within the community in order to respond. Advertise the site and provide the instructor with access. Also, write a reflection on the social networking activity. How can this social media platform be used to mobilize community resources? This assignment will be graded based on candidate leadership within the social media site and on the reflection of the activity. Your reflection does not require professional resources and should be based on your experiences, and can therefore be written in first person. However, you must provide specific examples to support your thoughts. You may wish to review Reflective Writing for additional guidance in this assignment. Please review the Community Social Media Site and Reflective Essay Grading Rubric for further explanation of this assignment.

Action Plan for Building Community Partnerships

Create an action plan for incorporating social media, traditional activities, and creative ideas in building community partnerships. Prepare a presentation (type of your choice) to share your plan with the campus planning committee and/or school board.

Case Study

Respond to the case study provided by your instructor. You are to support your response with specific information learned in this course in regard to the decision-making process and building a positive learning culture. Please follow the format provided in Writing a Case Study Response: Queensland University.

Additional Requirements:

  • Introduction (3-5 paragraphs minimum): Introduce the main purpose of the case study and briefly outline the overall problem to be solved.
  • Description (3-5 Paragraphs): Do not copy the case here. Write a brief description of the case under discussion giving an outline of the main issues involved. Always assume that your reader knows nothing of the assignment task and provide enough information to give a context for your discussion of the issues.
  • Discussion (2 page minimum): Discuss the issues raised one by one, using information gained from your research of the academic literature. Your discussion may include: an outline of the issue and its implications for or relationship to different stakeholders how that issue links to theories or research in the academic literature suggested solutions or ideas evaluation of the solutions or ideas for this particular case. All resources must be current literature, which is within the last 5 years. This must be written in a formal paper format. No charts or graphs.
  • Conclusion / Recommendations (2 page minimum): Finally, sum up the conclusions that you have come to and give recommendations to resolve the case. Give reasons for your recommendations. Support your recommendations with current research and literature. Current is within the last 5 years.

Checklist for a case study response. Ask yourself "have I:"

  • Carefully read the case and noted the main issues and stakeholders in the case?
  • Written a brief description of the case to give your readers a context for the main issues?
  • Discussed each issue with reference to the academic literature?
  • Evaluated the solutions or ideas for each issue to find the ones most suitable?
  • Made final recommendations of how to resolve the case?
  • Used a well-structured introduction, body and conclusion?
  • Cited and referenced all of the work by other people?
  • Used correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, clear presentation and appropriate reference style?

Case Study Grading Rubric

Required Course Readings

Lunenburg, F. C., & Ornstein, A. C. (2012). Educational administration: Concepts and practices. Cengage.

Recommended Materials

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2009). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

APA Format

Education Week

Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards – (Required Reading Website)

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

National Community Education Association

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA)

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory

Book Title:Educational Administration:Concepts and Practices, 6th ed.
Publication Info:Cengage
Author:Fred C. Lunenburg, Allan C. Ornstein
Unit Cost:$298.95
Electronic ISBN:9781285400433
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.