ESA509 Advanced School Leadership (8)

In addition to building a strong understanding of school leadership with a critical emphasis on instructional leadership, this subject focuses on developing advanced knowledge, skills, and understanding through an exploration of current research in legal, human and ethical issues and the development of strategies and capacities to deal effectively with such issues and their impact on school improvement. The subject critically examines the role of the principal as "lead learner" and the impact that leadership models have on enhancing learner outcomes, both academic and social. To ground this learning, students will investigate debate, discuss and reflect on the impact professional learning communities have on school improvement with a view to formulating a conceptual understanding of the potential of educational action research in various situations. The subject will involve students in exploring case studies and development and implementing an Action Research project that will develop their ability to analyze, synthesize, apply and extend the theoretical frameworks presented in the subject modules.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ESA509. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in the Master of International Education (School Leadership).

Assumed Knowledge

ESA510 School Leadership 1

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyze the interrelationships between the school leader's role, professional ethical standards and standards of practice;
  • be able to apply effective strategies for ethical decision making and the collaborative engagement of others;
  • be able to assess the theoretical and conceptual frameworks for developing shared vision, alignment and a sustainable culture within the organisation;
  • be able to develop a deep understanding of the role of leadership in shaping and sustaining the culture of an organisation;
  • be able to explain the interrelationships between instructional leadership, curriculum implementation and assessment theories;
  • be able to explain the theory and skill requirements required for action research in educational settings;
  • be able to assess the place of action research practice and theoretical concepts to changing and sustaining the culture of an organisation; and
  • be able to critically apply the action research model to organisational problem solving, with particular reference to student achievement.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Module 1 - Human Resources: Ethical Issues in Education
Module 2 - Instructional Leadership: Moving From Theory to Practice
Module 3 - Shaping and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities
Module 4 - The Theory and Practice of Action Research


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.