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Explore: A Career in School Leadership

About the program

Explore: A Career in School Leadership is for teachers and classroom leaders aspiring to the role of a school principal. The program is delivered entirely online. It consists of six modules which are aligned to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals. The program provides research based evidence, professional readings and opportunities for participants to reflect on their current professional needs.

Participants' learning will be enhanced by interacting with other online participants and an online facilitator. Online postings in response to guided questions will be supervised by an experienced principal who will encourage the in-depth reflections from course participants who will share their experiences and thoughts which have been developed across a wide range of schooling contexts across the state. Participants will also engage in a one hour weekly webinar.

The Introductory Module introduces participants to the work of a school leader.  Modules One to Five reflect the five professional practices from the Australian Professional Standard for Principals. Participants will be expected to complete one module per week.  The time commitment is approximately four hours per week:

  • one hour weekly webinar
  • approximately three hours for reading and engaging in online discussions.

Learning intention

By the end of this program participants will have:

  • explored and reviewed each of the professional practices against the Australian Professional Standard for Principals
  • developed and refined their leadership vision
  • explored the need for school leaders to develop a school culture that is focused on continous improvement and learning
  • considered their own leadership strengths and potential for growth

Success criteria

As a result of this program participants will be able to:

  • reflect more effectively on their current practice in relation to the professional practices of the Australian Professional Standard for Principals
  • articulate their leadership vision
  • understand the importance of the school leaders role in developing a school culture that is focused on continous improvement and learning.

Who will benefit?

Classroom leaders and teachers will benefit from Explore: A Career in School Leadership.


Participant expectations

By participating in this course, participants commit to:

  •     actively engaging and contributing in all online activities
  •     completing all tasks
  •     completing evaluations of the program.

Alignment to professional standards

Explore: A Career in School Leadership is aligned with the following key professional practices from the Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Vision and values
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Personal qualities, social and interpersonal skills
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community

    Time commitment four hours
    per week over six weeks

    4 September 2017


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Date and time

  Commencing Term
Cohort 5 Monday
4 September 2017
Term Three, Week Eight




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How to enrol

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email


Explore: A Career in School Leadership

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