School Leadership in the 21st Century Specialization

Specialize in School Leadership in the 21st Century and learn about sharing a vision of learning, organizational management, ethics and leadership capacity, and more. Earn your graduate degree online and focus your skills and knowledge. Find out more about specific classes relating to your degree program through Ashford University. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

School Leadership in the 21st Century Specialization for Graduate Degrees

Set yourself apart as an educational leader prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. With the four (4), three (3) credit courses of the School Leadership in the 21st Century specialization as part of your Master of Arts in Education, you can be an exceptional leader who implements research-based strategies for teaching, learning, and leadership in schools. You will be at the forefront of educational leadership while working with diverse learners and their families, helping others to understand the needs of 21st century learners, and by providing a mission- and learner-centered environment.

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Degrees Offering the School Leadership in the 21st Century Specialization

Graduate School Leadership in the 21st Century Specialization Courses

EDU 684 Shared Vision of Learning

3 Credits
Students will learn how to develop a shared vision of student achievement and integrate it into the school plan. By developing and articulating a belief system and shared vision of teaching and learning, students will learn how to link improved teaching strategies to school-wide and district-wide instructional priorities. From this initial building of a shared vision, students will develop a theory of action directed at getting to the shared vision by ensuring that relevant student data are available and examined regularly. Students will learn and apply strategies for guiding, motivating, delegating and building consensus among diverse constituencies in the school and community. The reality is that school leaders must encounter multiple voices in the community and as such, they need to ensure that those voices are part of the consensus building for shared visions of schooling.

EDU 687 Building a Learning-Centered Culture

3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to learn how to advocate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program that is conducive to student learning and staff professional growth in a standards-based system of learning. In this course students will develop an understanding of the rationale for and the components of standards based curriculum and instruction and how they link to students’ learning needs. Students will learn to apply student data to determine policy decisions and leadership actions to improve the instructional program. They will learn to apply site-based teacher-practice data to determine leadership actions to drive professional development and identify student support systems that result in increased student performance. Students will also explore research on diverse learning styles and differentiating instruction for all learners. It is in this course that students learn the power of a system-based approach that builds coherence through a standards-based curriculum and instruction; supervision that supports differentiated instruction in support of accelerating student learning, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of professional development that supports standards-based curriculum and instruction. Prerequisite: EDU 684.

EDU 688 Organizational Management for Student Learning

3 Credits

Students are introduced to safe school environments, data-driven decision-making strategies, practice using various assessment tools and monitoring systems for teaching and learning, and learn district, state, and federal accountability systems. Students will gain an understanding of the legal polices pertaining to classified and certificated personnel. Students will also continue to apply a system-based approach that builds coherence through the alignment of fiscal, human, and material resources to support the learning of all sub-groups of students. Prerequisite: EDU 687.

EDU 689 Personal Ethics & Leadership Capacity

3 Credits

This course develops students' ability to model integrity and justice while learning and applying a variety of decision-making and problem-solving strategies. In this course, students will write a personal code of ethics that includes their moral purpose and belief system for the improvement of teaching and learning. Students will also address issues of equity such as race, language, religions, and sexual harassment. Students will learn ways to inspire and motivate others, and to effectively communicate shared decision-making outcomes to stakeholders. Students will continue to build understanding around the leadership practices that create a learning-centered and trustworthy school community that provides high levels of learning for all students. Prerequisite: EDU 688.