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5 Aspects of School Leadership

From 2012-2022, graduation rates increased by 10%, and the number of students going on to college directly after graduation is 62%. The key to this improvement? Principals. By focusing on the leadership skills that a strong school leader must have, the online Master of Science in Education (MSEd.) in Educational Leadership program at Northwest Missouri State University equips graduates with the leadership skills they will need.

Becoming a Strong School Leader

The following five courses are part of the core curriculum for this program:

1. Visionary School Leadership

Developing school vision and mission statements is key to school improvement. Working in tandem with the school district’s improvement plan, strong school leaders coordinate building goals with the district’s core values. Then, using existing systems of support and following the school improvement process with fidelity, meaningful change can occur. Students taking the course in visionary leadership will learn and implement the entire process, from conducting an audit of the school’s culture to creating an improvement plan.

2. Relational School Leadership

The success of any school leader is closely tied to how effectively he or she connects to families and the community. Engaging families, community and school personnel in two-way communication strengthens student learning both in and out of school. Learning how to build and sustain productive, inclusive partnerships with communities and public and private sectors promotes school improvement. The course on relational leadership also includes 27 hours of field experience.

3. Instructional School Leadership

In this course, “students will observe teachers in the PreK-12 classroom and provide meaningful feedback on instructional practices consistent with knowledge of learning theory, child development, and effective pedagogy.” As students learn about best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment, they will strengthen their skills for their roles as curriculum and program leaders. This course includes 21 hours of field experience.

4. Managerial School Leadership

Part of the day-to-day responsibilities of school leaders is to provide a safe and secure school building and learning environment that will promote not only academic and social success but also the well-being of each K-12 student. Graduate students in this program gain effective management skills and the ability to operate the building facility and grounds to support student learning within the school budget. This course includes 21 hours of field experience.

5. Innovative School Leadership

Successful school leaders are dedicated to reflective practice. They understand the importance of professional growth, knowing that the development of new learning is a continual process. They apply new knowledge based on research and practice to drive changes required for student success. In addition, adapting to the changing environment around a school is key to building relationships and leading innovation. Students in this course learn a systems approach to innovative school leadership and gain 21 hours of field experience.

The Master of Science in Education – Educational Leadership Online Program

Northwest Missouri State University’s 100% online MSEd. in Educational Leadership program consists of 30 credit hours and may be completed in as few as 12 months and the same distinguished faculty teaching on campus also teaches the online program. With multiple start dates, affordable tuition and fully online coursework, this program prepares you for leadership in a variety of roles, such as principal, educational administrator, and site coordinator.

Learn more about Northwest’s online Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership program.

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