SKOLE6119 - The National School Headship Training at NTNU


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 40/100
Assignment 60/100

Course content

The program has five main topics:

• Professional partnership and collaboration
• The student's learning environment
• Development and change
• Governance and administration
• The role of the principal

The program deals with central themes, theories and research contributions within organization and management theory, with special emphasis on organization, change and strategic leadership in the school and education sector.
The study also deals with laws, regulations, and systems for quality assessment in schools.

The study addresses how to develop as a learning leader

Learning outcome

The candidate:
- has in-depth knowledge of the school as an organization and as a community of practice, with emphasis on the school as a “professional learning community” and “organizational learning”
- has in-depth knowledge of central theories and perspectives within organization and management theory, with emphasis on the school and education sector
- has in-depth knowledge of how school and education are managed and administered

The candidate is:
- capable of evaluating the qualities of the learning environment of students, teachers and leaders and guide the development thereof
- capable of applying personal experience, research and theory of leadership in developing one’s own organization
- capable of leading a school in accordance with law and contractual arrangements
- capable of applying knowledge to develop personal leadership role

General competence
The candidate is:
- capable of leading systematic development work in school organizations
- capable of leading and facilitating a professionally based argument about school development and educational leadership
- capable of further developing the school through professional learning communities

Learning methods and activities

The study is conducted by way of seven sessions of three days, structured over three semesters.
The students are divided into heterogeneous basic groups and each group receives a supervisor appointed by the University (Institute). Academic development (writing) and professional correction (skills training) are supervised and mentored. The supervision takes place both at meetings and through digital communication. Before and between the sessions, assignments / work requirements are required that must be approved in order to qualify for examination. Students are expected to actively participate in teaching, respond to and supervise the texts of fellow students, and conduct evaluation through surveys after each session.
Portfolio texts form the basis of assessment for the study

Compulsory assignments

  • Activly participating during and between seminars
  • Completing obligatory Course work between seminars

Further on evaluation

Final assessment is made through portfolio exam. Students are responsible of handling in two portfolio texts, where both must have an explicit perspective on leadership.
The portfolio texts are evaluated by applying a scale A-F, where F is “not passed”. The first portfolio text has a count of about 3500 words, the second of about 3000 words. The fportfolio texts are weighted equally for final character.

Topics for the portfolio texts are given to the candidates at the start of the study

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
School Development and Education Management (MSKOLUT)
School Management (MSKOL)

Course materials

The syllabus literature comprises approximately 2000 pages. Students can choose some literature themselves, but such choices must be approved by the faculty.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • School Development
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education

Department with administrative responsibility
Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 60/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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