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Graduate Leadership Classical Schools: Courses

Leadership Courses (24 hours)

LEA 701: Liberal Arts Approach to Leadership (3 credits)
Course will provide comprehensive liberal arts overview of major issues in leadership perspectives and theories as reflected in the works of leading researchers and theorists. From a Christian perspective, the students will examine profiles of exceptional leaders to identify their humanity and what characteristics (personal traits and skills) provide effective leadership of schools and educational programs. Examination of theory underlying leadership style will enable the identification of a personal leadership style. ?

LEA 702: Leadership Theories and Practices (3 credits)
Description coming soon

LEA 715: Developing, Leading and Managing People (3 credits)
Course explores the nature and function of supervision relative to being a leader of leaders, which can be a challenge. Steps to develop collegial supervision are studied with an emphasis on planning, organizing, and evaluating leadership. Course will explore the transition from supervising of teachers to managing and supervising administrators and other campus leaders. Retention and evaluation of staff will be examined. Students will be introduced to entrepreneurial structures and the process of building a school culture of innovation along with cultural diversity.

LEA 725: Business, Finance and Operations (3 credits)
Leaders are required to assess organizational needs and develop a financial plan to successfully address these goals. Students will be able to read and interpret financial statements, identify the major types of budget models, and build a sample school budget. Course provides students with a comprehensive overview of budgeting processes and business administrative functions. A biblical view of stewardship will be explored. Understanding depreciation, managing of investments and controlling costs are introduced. Other related issues regarding the operation and maintenance of facilities and grounds, acquisition and maintenance of instructional equipment and materials (including technology), and transportation management are examined as well.

LEA 730: Private School Law and Governance (3 credits)
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LEA 740: Institutional Advancement (3 credits)
Course examines theories and strategies related to institutional development, communication, and admissions. Students will explore ideas for collaboration with members of constituent groups such as parents, alumni, and potential donors. Knowing how to be entrepreneurial, secure grants, access philanthropic organizations, and cultivate relationships with community groups can add to the financial foundation of the school. In addition, this course explores the process of identifying, cultivating, securing and wisely using financial resources for Christian education. Drawing on case studies and external experts, the course will expose students to fundraising and strategies for engaging various types of media along with a Biblical approach to stewardship.

LEA 751: Research-Based Program Improvement (6 credits)
This capstone master’s thesis course engages students in area-specific, action-research. It allows a student to explore individual program needs and organizational issues of a school. Students will identify a research question appropriate to their specific setting, develop a hypothesis, collect data by exploring ways to address the problem and implement a pilot project. Since this course spans the school year in order to research, implement, and evaluate the project, results will be publication-ready and presented to the class.

New Courses in Development (6 hours)

Academic Leadership: Philosophy, Pedagogy, and Practice (3 credits)
 Class description coming soon

Campus Design & Development (3 credits)
Class description coming soon