The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program is not accepting new students at this time.
The Department of Educational Leadership (DEL) assumes a leading role locally, nationally, and internationally in preparing a new generation of transformative educational leaders and policy analysts committed to the pursuit of scholarship and serving those most in need.
The doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is distinctive and unique because it:
- combines different fields of study and disciplines.
- draws on highly qualified, interdisciplinary faculty and staff.
- creates the opportunity for stronger partnerships and collaborations.
- blends theory and and calls for the development of innovative pedagogies.
- enables deeper reflection about educational achievement in environments that are dynamic, diverse, democratic and socially just.
Upon entering the program, students become part of a cohort who work together for the duration of the program. This model helps to encourage a more dynamic, supportive and collaborative learning environment.
The EdD path prepares reflective practitioners with the leadership and management skills necessary to transform educational institutions and improve student learning in a variety of school environments.
The PhD path is designed for those who wish to combine a strong base of theoretical knowledge with an individualized focus to analyze policy about PreK-12, postsecondary, and adult learning environments.
- Complete 82 credits of study (includes courses, colloquia, seminars and thesis)
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Pass the written and oral comprehensive examination
- Successfully defending a final dissertation