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Degree Core Courses

EDUC 620     Leadership in Schools as Learning Communities (3 credits)

Examines conceptions of learning communities along with the roles of students, staff, parents and the wider community. Investigates the power relationships between parents, school jurisdictions and government departments and implications for school leaders and staff. Develops individual leadership growth plans, manages teacher growth, supervision, and evaluation.

EDUC 626     Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)

Examines effective instruction and how it is developed and implemented in schools. Investigates effective links to instruction, assessment and reporting. Develops models of supportive supervision, evaluation for effective pedagogy, and best practices in Human Resource Management.

EDUC 630     Leadership in Comprehensive School Health and Wellness (3 credits)

Examines theories of change and the engagement of school communities in the development of share values and vision. Investigates collaboration strategies and techniques to enhance learning and wellness outcomes.

EDUC 635     Leadership in Communication and Community Engagement (3 credits)

Examines communication approaches and methods for enhanced engagement of school staff, parents, and the wider community. Develops communication approaches that model and promote collaborative dialogue, deal with conflict constructively, and build trust across diverse cultural communication modes.

EDUC 660     Research Ethics and Methodologies (3 credits)

Develops knowledge and skill in fundamental educational research methods. Examines qualitative and quantitative methods related to school and classroom research. Identifies the methods to use for the final research project. Develops an applied research plan from initial research question to completion. Submits applicable proposed research to Concordia University of Edmonton’s Research Ethics Board for approval.

EDUC 661     Applied Research Project (3 credits) (Prerequisite – EDUC 660)

Implements and completes the research plan. Achieves key milestones in the completion of research plan


Concordia University of Edmonton

The suite of six courses in Public school leadership, through CUE, is interdisciplinary and based on practical application of theory. Students will select four of the six courses. The suite includes:

EDUC 641     Examination of Contemporary Topics (3 credits)

The course examines current educational issues and their impact on learning and leadership within a school.

EDUC 647     Emerging Theories of Learning (3 credits)

Examines current and emerging theories of learning and their applications to the work of educational leaders in supporting student learning and achievement.

EDUC 652     Public Education Systems and their Historical Roots in Canada (3 credits)

Identifies historical roots for the current educational systems across Canada. Understands how past concepts of public education affects today’s approaches and systems. Supports the application of foundational knowledge about Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

EDUC 657     Ethical Leadership Theory and Practice (3 credits)

Examines ethical examples in education, business and management and draws upon situations and cases emphasizing senior-level ethical concepts and principles. Develops productive approaches to addressing ethical issues.

EDUC XXX   Catholic Religion in School Leadership course in development with NWT (3 credits)

 (replaces CSA 573)

EDUC XXX   Catholic Religion in School Leadership course in development with NWT (3 credits)

(replaces CSA 587)

Newman Theological College

The transfer for credit courses, taken through Newman Theological College, towards completion of a Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Administration (G.C.C.S.A.) include:

CSA 571        Foundations of Catholic School Administration (3 credits)

In-depth study of specific topics in and approaches to Catholic school administration. Examples may include: the educational philosophy and history of Catholic schools; Church documents of Catholic education; the role of a Catholic school in a pluralistic society. Emphasis will be on ways to integrate a Catholic vision into mandated curricula, programs, staffing, and professional development of teachers.

CSA 585        Special Topics in Catholic School Administration (3 credits)

A study of selected topics such as: the place of scripture in the life of the Catholic school; crisis management; liturgical celebrations in the schools; place of technology; integration of faith and sports; gender related issues; fundamentalism; media.