Educational Leadership

Effective leadership in educational settings is critical in order to grow and sustain successful organisations. Enhance your career prospects with a specialised leadership programme that challenges you personally and professionally
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Why study Educational Leadership?

Make a difference to the quality of education and create opportunities for your future leadership and the leadership of others in education. Build enhanced understandings, and discover authentic leadership practices, to improve educational outcomes in your school, organisation or community setting.

Whether you are an aspiring leader looking to step into a leadership role, have a puzzle of practice that you want to explore, or you are an experienced leader seeking to advance your current skills and knowledge, we have papers to cater for your needs and engaging staff who can support you in this endeavour.  The leadership papers are challenging, innovative and enlightening. They incorporate global best-practice and emerging trends and develop the knowledge, skills and mindsets required for high performance leadership in educational settings.

As a graduate of this programme you will enhance your leadership capabilities and knowledge, building a firm foundation for your leadership practice, growing the skills and dispositions to lead in and beyond your organisation.

What to expect from Educational Leadership

  • Engage in high quality teaching and research to support the personal and professional aspects of your leadership formation and practice
  • Examine leadership systems and practices to support change and innovation in organisational contexts
  • Inquire into personal leadership practices
  • Understand, critique and contribute to the educational research that is shaping New Zealand's educational policy and practice
  • Locate leadership work in a framework of social justice and seek to make a difference for high-needs students
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader
  • Enhance leadership networks by contributing to a vibrant professional learning community
  • Flexible delivery (NET/Block course)

Scholarships and prizes

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The Centre for Educational Leadership Research supports the development of high quality research, teaching and learning encounters.  As a professional network and hub for leadership inquiry, Communities of Learning, professional learning opportunities and regular research meetings – the work of the Centre explores leadership in its many forms and examines possibilities for supporting educational leaders across a range of contexts in the community. For more information, visit Centre for Educational Leadership Research (ELRC). 

Educational Leadership papers


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