The Educational Leadership program prepares students for leadership positions in education and policy at the community, school, district, state, and national levels. The demands of effective and responsive professional practice in education are increasingly complex. The curriculum addresses those complexities by including a solid grounding in social justice, multiple perspectives and cross-sector leadership strategies.

Students critically examine the conceptual, organizational, political, social, managerial and technical dimensions of leading schools and educational organizations that are vital to increasing opportunity for children and youth, locally, nationally and internationally. The research agendas of the faculty and students center on the nexus between theory and practice, and explore critical issues facing educational leaders and policymakers today. Collaborations between and among faculty and students, and linkages with educational and policy leaders are important components of the program.

Effective immediately the Educational Leadership program has begun accepting applications for doctoral studies every other year. Hence, no applications will be reviewed in academic year 2014/2015 for fall 2015 matriculation. Prospective applicants will need to apply during academic year 2015 for fall 2016 matriculation. 


Our program is grounded in the belief that advanced graduate study relevant to urban education and leadership requires an inquiry-based orientation to professional learning. Our curriculum is grounded in the contemporary context of educational practice. Students actively engage in a process that: develops habits of scholarship that are vital to understanding schools and communities; stimulates intellectual growth; and enhances the practical wisdom of good leaders. Our programs of study cultivate a deep understanding of life in schools and their communities and introduces the best of research to make sense of and inform leadership practice.

Our commitment is to support the work of leaders who care about enhancing opportunities for children and youth through programs that are relevant, engaging, challenging, and authentically linked to both the daily and enduring challenges of professional practice. Our graduate students participate in critical examinations of the conceptual, organizational, political, social, interpersonal, and technical dimensions of schools and the communities they exist to serve.