EDPROFST 738 : Educational Leadership

Education and Social Work

2024 Semester One (1243) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A reflective examination of the theory and practice of educational leadership including the leadership of teaching and learning. Emphasis will be placed on the synthesis of a substantive and integrated knowledge base, which can be applied to authentic work situations and a personal practice context. Focuses on contemporary leadership practices that are central to effective educational leadership.

Course Overview

We look forward to engaging with you over the next semester as you begin or continue on your educational leadership journey. This course is designed to complement your leadership knowledge, skills, and disposition in the educational context you are currently working in. The overall aim of this course is to assist you in improving educational outcomes for those you serve.  

The course will explore leadership theory and how it links to leadership practice. We examine the complexity of leading learning in educational settings with a focus on leading professional learning and developing adaptive expertise. Further, we explore theories of interpersonal effectiveness, with a specific focus on problem-solving conversations. Teaching and learning in this course is aimed to provide you with opportunities to directly apply theory to your context. We will explore leadership and leadership practice that is context appropriate and student-centred, and explore ways to apply this knowledge to your work situation.

Course Requirements

Restriction: EDPROF 770

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. link relevant educational leadership theory to practice (Capability 1 and 3)
  2. formulate a defensible account of effective adaptive leadership in complex contexts (Capability 3, 5 and 7)
  3. apply an integrated knowledge base to authentic work situations (Capability 3 and 8)
  4. define and justify approaches to professional learning leaders should engage in to promote learning for others (Capability 1 and 3)
  5. analyse interpersonal behaviour in problem-solving conversations by correctly applying the concepts of interpersonal effectiveness (Capability 5, 6, 7 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Quizzes 10% Individual Coursework
Assignments 40% Individual Coursework
Quizzes 10% Individual Coursework
Assignments 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

To pass this course students must submit all assessments and achieve at least 50% for the overall course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in
each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.
For the on-campus students in this course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures per week, approximately 12 hours of deep reading and working through content, and 5 hours of work on assignments.
For the online students in this course, most of the content is delivered online, involving independent study including readings, online materials and online discussions, note-taking and reflecting on learning, plus assignment preparation and completion. In addition, there will be an optional zoom lecture of up to 2 hours per week.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Students are expected to prepare for the on-campus experience by engaging with the course learning material on the CANVAS learning software. Weekly CANVAS modules contain learning resources, readings and interactive activities constituting essential learning. While students can undertake the completion of modules to suit their lifestyle and responsibilities, completing a module a week best supports success. The on-campus experience is weekly 3 hour class and focuses on gaining a deeper grasp of educational change concepts and how they can be applied in context. These are interactive on-campus classes and are not be recorded so attendance in person is needed to learn from these.
The course runs on the University's semester timetable, with semester breaks aligned with school holidays.

Course learning material is provided on CANVAS. Weekly CANVAS modules contain learning resources, readings and interactive activities constituting essential learning. While students can undertake the completion of modules to suit their lifestyle and responsibilities, completing a module a week best supports success.
An additional synchronous weekly one-hour discussion/drop-in session will be held. Attendance at these events is optional. Where appropriate, aspects of these synchronous sessions will be recorded for students to watch later. 

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Throughout this course, the textbooks we will use are:

Le Fevre, D., Timperley, H., Twyford, K., & Ell, F. (2020). Leading powerful professional learning: Responding to complexity with adaptive expertise. Corwin.

Timperley, H., Ell, F., Le Fevre, D. M., & Twyford, K. (2020). Leading professional learning: Practical strategies for impact in schools.  Australian Council for Educational Research.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

This course is regularly  updated based on feedback from students.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

The course uses turnitin.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.