School Leadership Program

Program Specification, Purpose and Goals
This Higher Diploma in School Leadership spans one academic year with two academic semester, 3 courses in each semester, with a total on 18 credit hours and 270 contact hours. There are no pre-requisite courses or programs. The Program will be delivered in Arabic. Courses are offered at the Bahrain Teachers College twice a week full day morning time. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will receive a Higher Diploma in School Leadership from the University of Bahrain.

This program offers six courses which will enable school leaders to practice their roles and achieve their school desired goals upon the successful completion of the program. Candidates will learn about the best Human and Financial Management Practices that will help them manage school human, financial and physical resources efficiently and effectively. They will also learn about relationships between laws, ethics and school leadership providing them with the tools to resolve ethical issues by analyzing real case studies. Moreover, they will study theories and evidence-based practices for improving learners’ academic achievement, how to address strategic leadership and management issues in education setting, they will learn how to focus on family and community role in supporting learning and academic achievement. And finally, a practicum leading project course which requires candidates to identify, analyze, and come up with solutions to reflect the real needs of their schools, as well as field experiences were they will be visiting other schools to exchange practical knowledge and experience.

Program History
This program has been developed based on MoE needs, as well as research findings about best leadership programs and recommendations that BTC Leadership Center came out with, through direct discussions with school principals and leaders from Ministry of Education. Also, BTC worked hard to analyze BQA reports and recommendations to ensure that those recommendations can be offered through an accredited academic program that addresses principals and schools needs, prepare principals to lead school effectively toward positive changes. The program was a whole-scale revision of the Educational Leadership Program  (ELP), started by the Singapore National Institute of Education in 2008. Based on the feedback from the Bahrain Teachers College Leadership Centre participants, Assistant Principals mentioned the need of courses that focus on how to assess teachers performance, work ethics and understanding CSB rules, professional conduct, organize and manage group works, environment safety, understanding quality assurance standards and how to improve performance. To satisfy the Ministry of Education’s requests of offering a program reflect BQA recommendations to improve Bahraini schools’ performance. One of the recommendations was to offer the program in the Arabic Language as candidates struggled in the current program due to the use of the English Language in delivering it. To emphasize the importance of relationship between the courses content and Ministry of Education needs. For example, the current ELP courses focuses on evaluation using the 360degree system, while Ministry of Education uses a different system, in this case participants are not benefiting from the content to the desired maximum. Based on recommendation from Bahrain Teachers College to develop the Program, to keep abreast with the current trends in Education Leadership programs and to use a structure that fits within UoB postgraduate regulations and can be fully programed through UoB SIS.

Program Expected Outcomes
  1. Candidates will learn strategies and evidence-based practices to apply academic standards within their schools, monitor performance, and support the learning of all students in Bahrain’s schools. (BQA Academic Achievement Aspect)
  2. Candidates will learn how to increase work ethic, citizenship values, innovation, and personal-social development among staff and students within their schools. (BQA Personal Development and Social Responsibility Aspect)
  3. Candidates will learn strategies and evidence-based practices to improve the quality of teaching and learning, as well as the effectiveness of classroom management, technology usage, differentiation, and student assessment, within classrooms in their schools. (BQA Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Aspect)
  4. Candidates will gain the skills needed to ensure that all students in Bahrain’s schools are able to learn and develop within their school contexts. (BQA Empowerment and Meeting Special Needs Aspect)
  5. Candidates will learn leadership skills for strategic planning, staff performance improvement, stakeholder communication, and resource management. (BQA Leadership, Management, and Governance Aspect)

Program Intended Learning Outcomes
  1. Candidates demonstrate an aspiring leader’s role in education who can analyze and reflect on critical issues in educational management.
  2. Candidates apply knowledge and skill in ensuring safe, ethical, productive, and effective school operations.
  3. Candidates explore the use of data in various ways to ensure school level improvement in teacher performance and investigate effective resource management and utilization in times of systemic change.
  4. Candidates maintain effective, and sustainable relationships between students, school, parents, staff, and ministry of education leaders to support school progress.
  5. Candidates analyze and apply evidence-based practices intended to improve school performance, stakeholder satisfaction, and student academic achievement within school contexts.

Admission to the Program
Students are admitted based on the MoE requirements, criteria and procedures. To be admitted to the Higher Diploma of Education leadership program, the student shall fulfill the following requirements: (1) Have a Bachelor’s Degree. (2) This program is tailored to MoE teachers and the admission is according to MoE nomination. MoE does not nominate candidates to study in this program according to the student CGPA in B.Ed. They nominate the students who are assistant principals or acting principals regardless to what is their CGPA in B.Ed. (3) The MoE shall nominate all eligible candidates according to the MoE criteria, to join the program, and shall submit a list of nominated candidates to both UoB Deanship of Admission and Registration and the BTC. (4) The MoE shall contact all nominees and communicate to them the UoB dates and deadlines for admission and registration in the program. (5) The nominees shall sign the agreements prepared by the MoE. (6) The nominees shall fulfill all University of Bahrain Registration and Admission requirements during the period specified in the University of Bahrain academic calendar and communicated to them through the MoE.

Curriculum Structure
This program requires the completion of the following: 18 credit hours distributed as follows: The successful completion of 3 courses (9 credit hours) per semester for a total of two semesters. Or the successful completion of 2 courses (6 credit hours) per semester for a
total of three semesters. Graduation CGPA is minimum 2.50. 
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