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Educational Leadership and Management - MA

Course content

Across the country schools are experiencing ongoing difficulty in recruiting qualified candidates for leadership roles. Aspiring leaders need to have access to relevant and accessible post-graduate programs to be able to meet the educational standards required by many school districts.

Our two-year MA in Educational Leadership and Management program is designed to help educators develop a critically reflective understanding of school improvement concepts and research. It is a comprehensive Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) approved program that responds to the education sector’s need for qualified management-level professionals. Faculty with real-world experience deliver relevant curriculum and experiences that ensure existing and aspiring school administrators develop the knowledge and skills required to function as effective leaders within complex and challenging educational environments.

Who It’s For
Administrators and teachers within K-12 educational institutions who want to gain skills and credentials as leaders and managers to advance their current career or launch a new one.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy. Please see Program Admission for more information.

Outcomes
Graduates will be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to supporting student achievement and growth. Graduates will have the skills to:
-Facilitate the collaborative development and implementation of shared values, vision, mission, and goals to support learning and achievement for all students
-Understand and use change and improvement processes to support student learning and achievement
-Build positive and effective relationships between the school, families and the larger community
-Integrate evidence-based decision making approaches into school leadership practices to support school growth and improvement
-Engage in meaningful self-assessment and self-awareness to enhance leadership skills, positive relationships, and professional goals
-Maximize opportunities for curricular, instructional, and assessment practices to have a positive impact on student learning and achievement
-Apply systems thinking to strategically plan and manage the school environment to support student learning
-Foster and sustain an inclusive culture and climate to support both student learning and professional growth
-Implement authentic and meaningful strategies for supporting and supervising teachers’ instructional capacities to maximize student learning and achievement
-Lead collaborative and systematic inquiry processes that support school improvement

Delivery Model
Residency
This two-year MA Educational Leadership and Management program is comprised of one mandatory two-week on-campus residency and distance learning courses. In recognition of the school year and the resulting limited window of opportunity for students to attend a residency, the residency takes place during the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August.

The residency is a carefully designed period of intense academic study. The schedule of instruction and studying during the residency is structured to optimize the face-to-face access to instructors, develop networks with fellow students, and access the support services of the university if required. The typical daily schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are done outside of these hours.

This program culminates with an applied research project that will enable students to integrate the skills and knowledge gained in the previous coursework in the examination of a real-world issue of significance to the advancement of school improvement theory and practice.

Online Learning
Distance courses are delivered entirely online through innovative, easy to use Internet technologies. Participants draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media, while using online discussion groups and drop boxes to work towards the electronic submission of assignments. Prior to the beginning of each course, students are provided with a list of resources including textbooks and/or online readings, plus a detailed course schedule. Learning activities and assignments are designed to allow participants to identify the practical applications of the course content and to work with others to construct both a personal and shared meaning from their experiences.

Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 10 hours per week. This varies from student to student and becomes easier as students familiarize themselves with Royal Roads University's distance learning technologies, and learn how to work effectively with team members in a virtual setting.

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