Educational Leadership and Policy

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The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy has a legacy of excellence in training scholars, practitioners, and educational leaders for PK-12 public schools, higher education, and the P-16 policy arena. We train a diverse cadre of change-makers who go on to serve as superintendents, school principals, professors, researchers, and student affairs professionals. Our award-winning faculty, nationally-recognized graduate programs, and highly regarded research centers focus on educational leadership and policy through an equity and social justice lens.

Our department consists of two program areas that offer master’s and doctoral degree concentrations in specific fields: the Program in Higher Education Leadership and the Public School Executive Leadership Program.

Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL)

PHEL prepares higher education researchers, administrators, and future leaders of colleges and universities. The program is devoted to the scholarly study of higher education, its students and institutions, and its place in society. We aim to equip students with the ability to work within an ever-changing higher education environment. Students completing a Ph.D. are prepared for careers as professors, leaders, and administrators. Students completing an Executive Ed.D. will be prepared to be leaders and administrators. The M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership is designed to develop knowledgeable and skilled professional administrators for student affairs practice.

Public School Executive Leadership (PSEL) Program

PSEL prepares public school leaders and educational policy researchers. The Cooperative Superintendency Program develops superintendents committed to high performance for all students. It focuses on the fundamental, research, and practical field experiences necessary to train effective executive leaders for school districts. The accelerated Texas Principal Leadership Academy supports the development and preparation of elementary, middle, and high school principals with a focus on equity and social justice leadership. The Educational Policy and Planning Program is a multi-disciplinary graduate program that develops policy analysts and education researchers who address significant policy challenges across the educational spectrum.

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Our Graduate Programs

Our master's and doctoral graduate programs prepare students as administrators, thought leaders, and policy influencers in public school and higher education settings. Learn valuable skills in educational leadership through hands-on research and engaging coursework.

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Research Centers

Our faculty work alongside students to examine the policies and leadership practices that inspire educators and learners of all backgrounds. Our research informs and influences educational decisions on the P-16 continuum made on the local, state and national levels.


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Jennifer Holme and Huriya Jabbar Awarded $1 Million Grant

The Spencer Foundation grant will support a five-year research project focused on the effects of teacher turnover on school improvement efforts while also funding graduate student research assistantships.

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Message from the Chair

I am pleased to welcome everyone as we start the 2018-19 academic year. I am looking forward to the collaborations, research, and learning that will take place this year.