The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts Starts 19 August, 2020

4 weeks


8 to 10 hours per week


FREE - Certificate for US$149


Education & Teacher Training



About this course

This course will explore the practices and philosophies of effective strategic leaders and guide you in applying these techniques into your own practice.

We will study how school leaders work strategically to develop organisations that are driven towards a clear shared vision, with motivated staff, engaged students, and a supportive school community. You will be encouraged to study leadership in your own workplace and find out how leadership impacts on learning.

You will reflect on your own leadership strengths and opportunities and develop a 21 day plan for personal leadership growth.

This course is aimed at school teachers in leadership roles who are looking to advance their career as a:

  • head teacher
  • assistant or deputy principal
  • principal
  • organisational leader
  • or in educational policy or advisory roles.

This course is registered with the New South Wales Educational Standards Authority (NESA) (Australia). Completing EDLMx2 Applying Strategic Leadership in Education will contribute 12 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.1.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Applying Strategic Leadership in Education is part of the Professional Certificate in Leadership and Management in Education.

If you successfully complete the entire verified Professional Certificate, you are eligible to apply for 10 units (one elective course equivalent) for credit into our Master of Leadership and Management in Education. Designed to further advance your skills to become a stronger education leader, and provide you with a diverse range of career opportunities, the Masters program can be completed in one year full-time. Available face-to-face, online or mixed mode (combination of online and face-to-face), you could study from the comfort of your own home and fit study around your lifestyle.

    What you'll learn

    • Analyse and critique strategic leadership practices and philosophies of current and former organisational leaders
    • Apply and assess strategic leadership insights in your professional practice.
    • Identify processes and practices to further develop personal leadership capacity by incorporating knowledge from leaders studied in the course.

    Course syllabus

    Week 1

    • Understanding the behaviours of effective leaders.
    • A review of ‘Bringing the Good Weather’

    Week 2

    • Analysing observations from educational organisation leaders along the ‘Bringing the Good Weather’ capacities

    Week 3

    • Applying research on leadership
    • Using the ‘Bringing the Good Weather' framework to conduct field work
    • Interviews with organisation leaders to gain insights in areas of needed growth

    Week 4

    • Developing your plan for capacity building.  Synthesising insights from interviews into a 21-day action plan for your own leadership development.

      Meet the instructors

      Professor John Fischetti

      Professor John Fischetti

      Professor John Fischetti is the Head of the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He promotes learning equity to enable educational success of all children.

      Dr Scott Imig

      Dr Scott Imig

      Dr Scott Imig is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is helping educators on both sides of the Pacific to engage in reflective practice and conversations about growth.

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