The initial steps to study leadership are considered to be accomplished by Plato and Machiavelli. Critical understanding of the theory and practice of educational leading have made it the focus of contemporary academic studies in the last decade. At the beginning leadership researchers used a psychological perspective, which main point was focusing upon individual leaders. Recently, a huge broadening has taken place in leadership research due to a successful approach to include sociology, political science, anthropology and organization handling skills. The emphasis has shifted upon the relationships between leaders and followers as well as the importance of social context and the culture of leading.
Educational leadership degree is basically developed to help certified teachers who want to pursue their graduate degree and prepare for a leadership position in school administration that will provide educational equity for both teachers with a long term experience and young specialists possessing the appropriate education to occupy a leading position in educational administration ladder.
Educational leadership degree program using the latest management concepts and approaches helps its participants fulfil their challenging roles in a rapidly developing educational environment. It also provides the opportunity for interested in creation, maintenance and development of a learning community head teachers, senior leaders, education resource managers, advisers, inspectors and educational consultants to share and develop an excellent practice among other expert education leaders and leading edge education managers and leadership thinkers.
The focus is basically made on the development of leaders in order to improve learning at all levels of the educational organization, and the essential elements of leadership theory are being investigated in relation to individual and organizational practice using a range of self-development activities that comprise the basis of the program. Such methods as offering taught units on key leadership functions in workshop blocks complemented by supported open learning materials on leadership development and evidence based enquiry help greatly to maintain real-life conditions in the experimental study situations.
This way all the participants of the program may actively contribute into the research concerning the role and development of the education leader and manager. They also have a possibility to communicate between each other being engaged in reflective debate and practice about the relations between policy development, teaching and learning concepts of educational organizations and educational management.
Educational leadership does not concern only local educational surrounding. The international perspective is greatly valued as far as it is demanded by participants undertaking an international experience at the diploma stage designed to study the practice of leadership in the context of bringing in leading figures from the field of international educational leadership.