Graduate Studies in Management of Educational Systems

Program vision
To produce an educated and fair educational leadership with management skills, initiative and social impact.

Program chair: Dr. Avshalom Aderet
Steering committee: Dr. Kobi Gutterman, Dr. Rivka Vadmani, Professor Ruth Zuzovsky

The post-modern world is characterized by extensive processes of change in society, economy and education, on international as well as local levels. Among the most prominent changes is the transition from traditional social structures and centralized organizational hierarchies to decentralized, more democratic arrangements. All these changes have led to increased power of the civil society and restoration of community and ethnic structures within a pluralistic society. In the field of economics, the post-modern era is characterized by stronger tendencies toward a competitive free market and a dramatic increase in the importance of knowledge as a means of production. These processes strongly affect the democratization and decentralization of authority in the education system.

As a result, the school has become an object of interest and intervention by many organizations, which have far-reaching and contradicting expectations of it. This situation requires the principal or director to work in a complex, nonlinear system that turns the existing hierarchy upside down and increases expectations of both autonomy and dependence on the environment, while encouraging a dynamic of partnerships.

These comprehensive changes require the training of educational managers in all the organizational, administrative and educational fields that they are responsible for, as well as their empowerment as social and community leaders. The master's program in Management of Educational Systems is intended to achieve these objectives and respond to the current changes and trends in education systems. Designed for teachers and managers who have training and experience in education, the program expands the knowledge of these students in the different aspects of management and stresses the relationship between these fields and education systems.

Therefore the program includes knowledge from the fields of educational administration, management science and public administration as complementary disciplines. It also combines up-to-date theoretical research in the relevant fields with practical aspects of managing schools and other education systems, as well as personal perceptions of administrative positions. The studies provide a broad view of the education systems in Israel and elsewhere. This perspective is guided by investigation of ethical, social and political aspects, in order to better understand the conditions in which educational leaders work: the schools, the community and the education system of the 21st century. In addition, the program aims to help students understand the commitment of educational leaders to students, parents and the community, based on values of equality, quality education and representation of different cultures. The underlying approach of the program is that principals are the leaders of the schools they head, and therefore the program components revolve around the core focus of leadership development.

Aims

The purpose of the program is to train professionals to manage and lead the educational institutions in which they are employed by meeting the challenges of structural, organizational and substantial changes in Israel's education. In addition, it aims to cultivate managers with the social-political, ethical and critical perspective required of them as public officials and educational leaders.

In keeping with this aim, the program focuses on three main areas:

1. knowledge and enhancement of personal skills in the fields of management and organization in general;

2. knowledge and understanding of educational policy making in the international and Israeli contexts;

3. the knowledge, skill and values needed to develop educational leadership.
In terms of methods of teaching and learning, the program employs diverse methods for training managers, including independent learning and studying in small peer groups, in-depth and extensive reading and summary of professional literature, sharing it with other learners, and practice by means of simulations and case studies.

Special emphasis is placed on the relationship of the knowledge studied in the fields of management and leadership with the field of education, in general, and school practice, in particular.