Extension Studies - Catholic Leadership Certification
St. Mary’s University Faculty of Education offers two, 3-credit courses for aspiring school administrators and teacher leaders to earn their Leadership Quality Standard (LQS) certification as required by Alberta Education focused on the theory and practice in educational leadership.
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 and current Executive Director of the CCSSA), Gary Strother (former Acting Chief Superintendent of Calgary Board of Education and former Chief Superintendent of Calgary Catholic School District), and Valerie McDougall (Termed Certain Faculty). The courses are infused with Catholic leadership principles but are also applicable to aspiring leaders in public schools.
- Admission Requirements
EDLD 551 H (3-0) Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership Part 1
This course assists future and current school administrators in developing leadership competencies aligned with 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 Capacity; and Managing School Operations and Resources. The course will delivered in a hybrid distance learning format.
Prerequisite: Two years of full-time certified teaching required or permission from the instructor.
EDLD 552 H (3-0) Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership Part 2
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 with the Alberta Leadership Quality Standard, this course focuses on the development of the following competencies: developing leadership capacity, modeling a commitment to professional learning, supporting the application of foundational knowledge about First Nations, and understanding and responding to the larger societal context. The course will be delivered in a hybrid distance learning format.
Prerequisites: Two years of full-time certified teaching required or permission from the instructor.
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