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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC664 Course ID: 4339 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines a framework to address the emerging issues and trends in educational leadership that have the potential to significantly influence the future direction of education. It describes how the educational leader can address emerging issues and trends, build the necessary leadership competence to respond to these issues and trends, and develop into a more accountable leader who can deal effectively with the need for school reform.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  1. Describe the major emerging national, state, and local issues and trends currently facing school leaders and their potential impact on society and schools. (ELCC 1-6, Praxis II and NETS*A Standards)
  2. Analyze the influence of emerging issues and trends on school improvement initiatives consistent with economic, legal and cultural contexts. (ELCC 1-6, Praxis II and NETS*A Standards)
  3. Develop a position on emerging issues and trends in education and prepare cogent arguments for and against specific positions regarding those emerging issues. (All ELCC 1-6, Praxis II and NETS*A Standards)
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of policies and programs that promote equitable learning opportunities and success for all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, ethnicity, gender, or disability.

The success of this course depends on our ability to have read the assigned readings closely, to have thought carefully about the points raised or ignored by authors, and to bring to the group your questions and concerns about their concepts and positions into the discussions groups. Prior to each class I will post Professor Notes and outline the focus of the subsequent session and direct your reading.

This course is participation heavy. Students are expected to be actively engaged in all discussion board topics on a disciplined weekly schedule. Homework assignments and your Reflection Paper requirements are outlined below and should be completed in such a way that you demonstrate that you understand the topics and the ELCC standards and have grappled with their implications.

Administrator Candidate Response (ACR)

Throughout the semester you will write a reflection on current issues and trends. These reflections will involve analyses of readings, comparing and contrasting the views of authors, and critique of arguments presented by your readings, outside study, or the class. Papers will be graded for accuracy of interpretation, rigor of argument, and clarity of expression. Papers should be 3–5 pages in length.

Emerging Issues Reflection Essay

Write a reflective essay (2-4 pages) in which you evaluate how the trends and issues presented in this course will influence your future role as a school leader. What is your personal process for reflective practice and how will you keep current with emerging issues and trends? Why is this important? Support your conclusion.


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.
NameGrade %
Forum 35.00 %
Forum 1: Introductions 4.38 %
Forum 2: Emerging Trends in School Improvement and Evaluating School Progress 4.38 %
Forum 3: Trends in School Culture, Instructional Programs, and Technology 4.38 %
Forum 4: Emerging Trands in School Safety, Teacher Scheduling, and School Management 4.38 %
Forum 5: Emerging Trends in Mobilizing Diverse Resources and Responding to Community Needs 4.38 %
Forum 6: Emerging Trends in Leadership Behaviors 4.38 %
Forum 7: Emerging Trends in Social Justice and Moral and Legal Consequences 4.38 %
Forum 8: Emerging Trends in Advocating for Constituents and Influencing Political and Legislative Trends 4.38 %
Administrator Candidate Response 50.00 %
Administrator Candidate Response 1 8.33 %
Administrator Candidate Response 2 8.33 %
Administrator Candidate Response 3 8.33 %
Administrator Candidate Response 4 8.33 %
Administrator Candidate Response 5 8.33 %
Administrator Candidate Response 6 8.33 %
Emerging Issues Reflection Paper 15.00 %
Emerging Issues Reflection Essay 15.00 %

There are no required textbooks for this course.

The following public domain Websites 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.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards

Emerging Issues Scan

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 Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA)

Research Knowledge and Policy Issues in Cultural Diversity and Education

SLS - School Leadership Series

U. S. Department of Education Priorities

World Future Society

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.