Educational Leadership and Policy

EDU80019 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours face to face + Blended and Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.


EDU80020 Professional Experience 2
EDU80051 Professional Experience 2 

Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on developing what it means to be a leader in a contemporary educational setting. It explores key challenges in developing leadership capabilities. Contemporary theories about educational leadership are examined in a national context, and pre-service teachers will be encouraged to reflect on current and likely future issues facing schools and school leaders. The content around these topics will add to pre-service teachers’ understanding of the dynamics between leadership, culture and change, and the challenges for leaders. Pre-service teachers will develop skills to make sense of, and constructively respond to, policies within organisational contexts.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Express advanced mastery of theoretical knowledge and professional practice in leadership studies.
2. Evaluate, analyse and theorise about developments in leadership that contribute to greater understandings and improvements in professional practice
3. Integrate knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in supervising and/or appraising staff.
4. Critically analyse how policies and programs shape education.
5. Critically evaluate your knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches to promote children’s learning and wellbeing, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, in ways that are responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, doing and being

Courses with unit

Master of Teaching (Secondary)