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.
The program provides initial preparation and continuing education for those who wish to serve in leadership positions in PK-12 educational programs. Through the rich sets of experiences provided in the K-12 Administration program, students leave well-prepared to offer dynamic and constructive leadership to meet the challenges facing education in the 21stcentury.
Course topics include:
- Educational policy: development and analysis
- Educational planning
- Leadership in education
- Cross-disciplinary perspectives in education
- Principles of educational research
- Statistics in education
- Qualitative research methods
- Applied field research project
- Curriculum and learning design
- K-12 leadership
- Meeting the needs of special populations
- Extended learning opportunities
- Research seminar
- 6-credit dissertation experience
Dr. Megan Tschannen-Moran
Professor and Program Co-Director