Postgraduate taught 

Educational Leadership MEd: Online distance learning

Developing as an Agent of Change EDUC51086P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The main focus of this course is to enable participants to lead a small-scale collaborative project successfully, in accordance with sound educational values, using appropriate knowledge and understanding and professional abilities.


Face-to-face and live online components which take place on occasional Saturday or twilight (weekday) sessions throughout semester 1.

Excluded Courses



Assessment will consist of two components:

1. A project proposal which outlines a plan for developing a small-scale project with a clear rationale, clear aims, implementation strategies, success criteria and detail the proposed monitoring and evaluative strategies.

(1000 words).

2. A reflective project report that includes

2. a) A discussion of how the project was implemented, monitored and evaluated along with supportive illustrative evidence and an explanatory narrative.

2. b) A reflective discussion on the development of the participant's developed knowledge and understanding of leadership and a review of the participant's leadership skills.

(5000 words).

Course Aims

To plan, conduct and evaluate a small scale project in school.

To critically review development as a teacher leader.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding :

■ outline the nature of teacher leadership in project management;

■ define the nature teacher leadership in a change context;

■ articulate the importance of motivation and teacher development;

■ describe the role of critical reflection and professional development in leadership;

■ articulate the significance of leadership in developing initiatives.


Skills and other attributes in:

Subject-specific/practical skills

■ initiate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a small scale project;

■ identify and justify decisions taken in relation to managing and leading a small scale project;

■ make an effective contribution to the development of the school as a learning community;

■ build and develop their leadership skills;

■ evaluate their own effectiveness within a given range of tasks and skills;


Intellectual skills

■ design and write project plans and evaluation reports

■ design and conduct evaluation

■ use reading to inform practice, decisions and reflection.


Transferable/key skills

■ Communication skills

■ Planning skills with self evaluation and reflection

■ Decision making skills

■ Critical evaluation

■ Self management skills

■ Problem solving

■ The ability to empathise with others

■ The ability to create, maintain and enhance working relationships with others

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits