The Teacher Leader in a Professional Learning Community

The Teacher Leader in a Professional Learning Community

The Teacher Leader in a Professional Learning Community
Core unit


As professional educators, Excelsia’s Online Master of Education students know that schools are hubs of learning where all participants—teachers, students, educational leaders and their supporting staff—should be constantly learning and growing. In this unit, students consider Lave & Wenger’s classic theory of community. As they develop an understanding of Professional Learning Communities as a dynamic space, students will determine practical ways they can foster this type of community in their school or workplace.

Topics of study in this unit include:

  • Professional learning communities
  • A social systems view on learning culture
  • Learning as the production of identity
  • Communities of practice in social learning systems
  • Knowledge as the modulation of accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Prescription versus design intention and analysis.

This unit helps students achieve one of the goals of Excelsia’s online MEd: to produce professional educators with the aptitude to confidently lead in their own Professional Learning Community.

Unit assessor

Dr David Hastie, Adjunct Lecturer

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and apply biblical principles of leadership to the educational arena of the 21st century
  • Apply current research as it relates to the roles of committee members and the effectiveness of the team and identify and describe behavior traits and communication styles of team/committee members
  • Analyse and describe how the factors of the stages of team development, roles and relationships of team members and models of decision making impact the establishment of and effectiveness of a Professional Learning Community and develop student leadership
  • Use principles of communication and conflict resolution to build consensus
  • Analyse and describe theories of reciprocal accountability and professional development in a Professional Learning Community.


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your Excelsia Online student advisor on 1300 917 916 for more information based on your particular circumstances.