Course Descriptions


Online APA Course and online IRB course (1 credit hour)

Organizational Theory (3 credit hours)

  • Complex organizations, such as schools, can be understood through a variety of metaphors. This course will explore the various aspects of organizations that become apparent when understanding it through certain perspectives. This introductory course will guide candidates to analyze leadership, constituents, policies, and other aspects of an organization from multiple viewpoints that are pertinent to school leadership. 

Intermediate Educational Research (3 credit hours)

  • * This course will provide an extension to the qualitative and quantitative methodologies commonly used in social science research. It will be focused on acquisition and analysis of valid and reliable sources of data. The intent of the course is to provide candidates with an understanding of research methodologies and data analysis in order to make decisions that are based on the best evidence available for schools. 

Instructional Leadership (3 credit hours)

  • This course will enable candidates to realize and actualize the role of the principal as the instructional leader in the school. As the lead learner in the school, principals must engage in learning-focused leadership and lead teachers and other stakeholders to be reflexive learners themselves. Methods and theories of learning-focused leadership will be studied. 

Foundational Principles of Biblical Leadership (3 credit hours)

  • This course provides a study of the Biblical principles that guide leadership. Candidates will understand foundational characteristics of the ethical Christian leader. Leadership is viewed through the ultimate purpose of the Great Commission. This course is designed as an overview of leadership theory in a Biblical context. 

Curriculum Leadership (3 credit hours)

  • This course will explore the school leadership perspective and practices of curriculum development and implementation. Candidates will explore the various philosophies that guide curricula and how these approaches influence aspects of schooling and the implications that the curricula have on school leadership decisions. 

Clinical Supervision of School Personnel (3 credit hours)

  • This course will educate school leaders on strategies to empower a reflective, development-minded, self-directed staff. Building on the theories of instructional leadership, this course will focus on building organizational structures that form a culture of continual improvement. 

Leadership of Diverse Groups (3 credit hours)

  • This course will explore the intricacies of addressing the needs of a variety of student needs in the K-12 school environment. Schools are comprised of a variety of groups: students from impoverished homes, special education students, and students from marginalized backgrounds. School leaders need to learn how to understand contextual needs of these students through collaboration with the various stakeholders. 

School Economics (3 credit hours)

  • This course will explore a school leader’s involvement and understanding of the means and methods of resource acquisition and allocation in the public and private education environments. The candidates will examine the interplay of resource sources, institutional needs, and policy regulations in order to develop strategies to be meet the needs of the school. 

Education Law (3 credit hours)

  • This course will provide an overview of laws and rulings pertinent to public and private schools from a school leadership perspective. Candidates will become familiar with seminal case law and its impact on school leadership. They will also learn strategies and resources for researching legal issues and reaching decisions grounded in the legal framework guiding schools. 

Field Experience (6 credit hours)

  • Candidates will complete 30-40 hours of field experience focused on resource needs assessment and allocation, policy compliance, and stakeholder engagement. This field experience will be completed in partnership with Johnson University and the participating school system. 

Capstone Project (6 credit hours)

  • Candidates will present a plan of action to address the identified need. The plan will include input from a variety of school stakeholders (e.g., staff members, leadership, parents, etc.). Necessary resources will be identified as well as strategies to acquire them. Additionally, methods for determining the effectiveness of the plan will be incorporated.