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.

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Ismael Ramirez-Soto

Associate Professor / Chairperson
Educational Leadership
UMass School of Law LL6