The UMass Amherst program in educational leadership is ideal for students who want to transform preK-12 education, influencing policy and practices in a wide range of educational contexts and settings.
This program is committed to social justice, with a focus on equity, inclusion, and diversity. Students examine whose voices dominate in education and whose voices are missing and build skills necessary to address the needs of groups that encounter discriminatory treatment. The program takes a multi-disciplinary approach, with students drawing on sociology, psychology, business, and other fields outside of education.
Recognizing the centrality of policy in education practice, educational leadership courses give current and aspiring leaders, policy analysts, and scholars the opportunity to critically examine and synthesize research, theories, practices, and policies, and conduct rigorous research that contributes to improving education.
Collaborating with educational leadership faculty helps students expand their perspectives beyond education in the U.S. In doing so, students gain insight regarding leadership, organizational change and school reform, policies and politics, curriculum development, instructional improvement, and evaluation in both domestic and international contexts. Students interested in educational leadership also have the opportunity to work with the Center for Educational Policy, which manages externally funded grants and contracts.
Educational Leadership faculty are available to collaborate with doctoral students as dissertation committee members (determined on a case-by-case basis).