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EDUC604 - Leadership in Higher Education

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC604 Course ID: 5057 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

In Leadership in Higher Education, students thoroughly examine various leadership theories and develop the ability to draw upon multiple paradigms and perspectives to improve their practices as leaders. Students will analyze current challenges in Student Affairs and discuss the leadership skills needed from all administrators involved. Throughout the course, students will reflect on how their values and philosophical perspectives influence their day-to-day leadership decisions and practices and how they respond to crises. (Prerequisites: EDUC511 and either SAHE510 or ADHE601)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

1. Apply major theories of leadership to various contexts and situations in higher education.

2. Assess various ways in which leadership is defined and the expectations those definitions create

3. Examine multiple and diverse perspectives while examining the theory and practice of leadership

4. Assess one's own leadership style and focus on areas for development

5. Distinguish how leadership differs at various levels and different types of institutions

6. Weigh ethical issues and considerations in leading institutions of higher education

7. Summarize several models of leadership development

Course Materials are provided in the Lessons in the classroom per week and free of charge. There are no textbook costs for this course.

Dugan, J. P. (2017). Leadership theory: Cultivating critical perspectives. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Komives, S. R., & Wagner, W. (2016). Leadership for a better world: Understanding the social change model of leadership development (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Owen, J.E. (Ed.). (2015). Innovative learning for leadership development. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Leadership for a Better World : Understanding the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (Ebook available thorugh the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Komives, S.and Wendy Wagner
Unit Cost:$41.49
Book Title:Leadership Theory : Cultivating Critical Perspectives (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Wiley lib
Author:Dugan, John P.
Unit Cost:$65.11
Book Title:Innovative Learning for Leadership Development : New Directions for Student Leadership (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Owen, Julie E.
Unit Cost:$29.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.