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Ph.D. - K-12 Leadership

If you want to advance the field of education and conduct cutting-edge research, the Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership with a concentration in K-12 Leadership will prepare you to teach, investigate, and lead in academic and professional settings.


The K-12 Leadership doctoral concentration is designed to develop educational leaders who can communicate effectively with their publics in speech and writing; have command of and are contributors to the body of knowledge reflective of research and theory in the field; and possess the skills and knowledge to make effective decisions, to manage organizations, and to motivate and lead people so that institutional and personal goals are met. Graduates are prepared intellectually, personally, and professionally to provide service to diverse communities through skillful leadership.

Program of Study

Course topics include:

Core Sequence:

  • Educational policy: development and analysis
  • Educational planning
  • Leadership in education
  • Cross-disciplinary perspectives in education

Research Component:

  • Quantitative research design & methods
  • Qualitative research design & methods
  • Advanced research methods


  • School leadership
  • Educational learning design
  • Educational technology
  • Curriculum studies

Culminating Experiences:

  • Extended learning opportunities in university teaching or research
  • Research seminar
  • 6-credit dissertation experience
K-12 Administration Program Contact

[[mxtsch,Megan Tschannen-Moran]]
(757) 221-2187

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