The Specialization in Educational Leadership is intended for individuals with interests and/or experiences in PK-12 education (for example, teachers, counselors, school or district leaders, education agency personnel). Recognizing the centrality of policy in education practice, the program provides the opportunity for current and aspiring leaders, policy analysts, academics, and researchers to (1) critically examine and synthesize theories, research, practices, and policies, and (2) conduct rigorous research that contributes to improving education. Because courses are taken with peers from the fields of higher and international education, Educational Leadership students expand their perspectives beyond U.S. PK-12 education to gain insight regarding leadership, organizational change and school reform, policies and politics, curriculum development and instructional improvement, and evaluation in both domestic and international contexts. The doctoral specialization is closely linked with the Center for Educational Policy, which manages externally-funded grants and contracts.
The doctoral specialization in Educational Leadership leading to an Ph.D. is designed for professionals with experience related to PK-12 education, including policy or other education work (PK-12 experience is desirable, although not necessary). Applicants are required to hold an earned Master’s degree from an accredited institution. The ability to write clearly and coherently must be demonstrated in the applicant’s personal statement, which should include information about his/her areas of interest within Educational Leadership.
Rebecca H. Woodland, Chair, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration
Sharon F. Rallis, Distinguished Professor and Educational Leadership Specialization Coordinaton
Jeffery W. Eiseman, Associate Professor
Kathryn A. McDermott, Professor