Doctoral Degrees

Educational Policy Studies & Practice

Educational Leadership & Policy Ph.D.

The Educational Leadership & Policy Ph.D. program is designed to expand the boundaries of the educational leadership and policy field with an explicit foci on inclusivity, social justice, and anti-racism. The program prepares leaders to achieve results in the nation's schools by translating theory and knowledge into practice, applying skills in interpersonal relations and political diplomacy, applying research and data-based, decision-making skills, and following ethical principles. This doctoral program is designed for practicing and aspiring administrators who wish to expand their skills as researchers.

Emphasis is placed on the practical application of theory and knowledge to school and district leadership at the elementary and secondary levels. Instruction recognizes and incorporates the principles of adult learning with courses, seminars, and other educational experiences featuring reflection, group, discussion, simulations, problem solving, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and theory from a variety of disciplines (e.g. anthropology, sociology) as well as leadership and policy studies.

Study and address complex issues of social justice for the educational equity and opportunities of all students
Gain experience analyzing and conducting rigorous research on educational policy
Learn about educational leadership concentrations in policy, critical theory, and community relations

Sample Courses

EDL 606: Policy Analysis
EDL 621: Organizational, Operational and Resource Leadership
EDL 625: Leadership in Diverse Communities
EDL 626: Leadership for Social Justice

See Coursework for more details.


The program prepares students for administrative positions in educational institutions, policymaking positions at the district, state, and national levels, and faculty positions in higher education settings.

Contact Us

For more information about the program, contact Associate Professor Melanie Bertrand.