Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership

St. Mary’s University Faculty of Education is once again offering two, 3-credit courses for aspiring school administrators and teacher leaders to earn their Leadership Quality Standard (LQS) certification. Structured on a sequential knowledge and skill development model, the two courses include theory and practice in the development of the nine competencies as outlined in the Leadership Quality Standard. Alberta Education has approved these two courses for Principal LQS accreditation. The courses are fully online and open to aspiring leaders across the province and beyond. The two courses are taught by Dr. Scott Morrison (Superintendent, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools), Gary Strother (former Chief Superintendent, Calgary Catholic), and Val McDougall (Director of Tsuut’ina, Education Department). The courses are infused with Catholic leadership principles but are also applicable to aspiring leaders in public schools. For more information, go here or register here.

For more information, please contact: Ada Shai, Education Specialist, Ada.Shai@stmu.ca403-254-3747

Online delivery model accessible to aspiring administrators in urban and rural areas.
Develop leadership theory & knowledge by examining application practices and approaches.
Examine leadership knowledge and skills from a Catholic perspective with two Catholic School Administrators.

EDLD 551: Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership I

Online | Course Fee: TBD | 3 Credits May 8, 2023 – June 14, 2023 | Instructors: Scott Morrison/Gary Strother This course assists future and current school administrators to develop leadership competencies aligned to the Alberta Leadership Quality Standard. Based in educational theory, research, and best practice, this course focuses on the development of the following competencies: Fostering Effective Relationships; Embodying Visionary Leadership; Leading a Learning Community; Developing Leadership Capacity; and Managing School Operations and Resources.

EDLD 551 May 8 – June 14 

  • MW 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM on May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7, 12 and 14

EDLD 552: Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership II

Online | Course Fee: TBD | 3 Credits June 19, 2023 – July 24, 2023| Instructors: Gary Strother/Scott Morrison Guest Presenter: Valerie McDougall This course addresses the contextual aspects of educational leadership, ranging from school to district culture; the current context of on-going dialogue and reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples; social movements and legislation; and on-going professional growth. Aligned to the Alberta Leadership Quality Standard, this course focuses on the development of the following competencies: Developing Leadership Capacity, Modelling Commitment to Professional Learning, Supporting the Application of Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, and Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context.

EDLD 552 June 19 – July 24

  • MW 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM on June 19, 21, 26, and 28
  • MW 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on July 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, and 19
  • M 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on July 24

Registration Process

To apply for both courses, click on the Apply Alberta link provided. Select the Catholic Educator’s Program (CCEL) link and follow the prompts.

Please note that you must pay the $100 application fee in order to complete the application process. A payment for the $100 application fee prompt is included in the registration process.

Once the application is submitted, please email your valid teaching certificate to and our admissions officers will register you in the courses.

If you have attended StMU within one academic year, please contact for registration.

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