Educational Leadership K–12, Restarting Relationships: Educational Leadership in Challenging Times MEd – Fall 2018


Examine the lived experience of formal and informal leadership at the school level in the current context of change and the historical context of an adversarial relationship between the provincial government and the BC Teachers Federation. Consider how we can create a culture that deals constructively with important, complex and contentious issues to maximize student learning and educator fulfilment. Develop your own capacity for leadership in your school, district or union.

You will delve into:

  • leadership theory and practice, the complementary roles of positional authority and personal influence
  • organizational behaviour in schools and districts, the underlying dynamics and hidden pitfalls of group behavior
  • public sector labour relations, legal frameworks and effective practices
  • policy processes, the formal elements of change for an organization
  • change theory and implementation, the lived experience of change for people in an organization
  • workplace conflict and dispute resolution
  • quantitative and qualitative research methods, personal inquiry and action research to enrich your understanding and develop your wisdom

You will also participate in a symposium series that runs parallel to your coursework in which participants “reimagine public education discourse.”

Ideally Suited For

K–12 teachers who want to develop their leadership skills, school administrators or professionals working in human resources and labour relations.

  • Location: SFU's Vancouver campus
  • Classes: Fri. (4:30–9:00) + Sat. (8:30–4:30)/every 2-3weeks
  • Start Term: Fall 2018
  • End Term: Summer 2020
  • Application Status: CLOSED
  • Tuition 2018/19*: $2,969.10/term
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.


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