Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Gary Wegenke

Second Advisor

Dr. Marianne DePierro

Third Advisor

Dr. Walter Burt

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This project examined an elementary public school principal with regard to their leadership style and how it influences classroom culture or climate. A 45- questionnaire was administered to one principal in a public school setting and a classroom survey instrument was administered to nine teachers in his building.

Significant findings based on literature in this project indicated a transformational leader was more inclined to support teachers and utilize different instructional modalities than a principal whose leadership style is transactional. The teacher survey collected data from teachers' perception about their administrator across different instructional domains. The researcher utilized statistical means to determine whether there was a difference in the mean scores of teachers who perceived their principal's leadership style as transformational as compared to those teachers who perceived their principal leadership style as transactional.