Message from the Chair
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy (ELP) in the College of Education at UT Austin. ELP is one of the premier graduate programs in the nation devoted to understanding and improving the complex world of public schools, postsecondary institutions and education policy.
The motto of the University of Texas is “What Starts Here Changes the World,” so what starts at ELP, changes educational organizations, policies and outcomes around the globe. Specifically, ELP develops mission-driven leaders and researchers who think critically with the aim of improving education for all students. We prepare innovative leaders and scholars who will change the world by expanding opportunities and outcomes for all learners. As a department, we are committed to making the highest impact for public schools and post-secondary institutions by developing ground-breaking research and translating it into practice.
I encourage prospective students interested in applying to our graduate programs to consider our strong legacy of training equity-minded scholars, policy leaders and practitioners. Our work is guided by the College of Education’s mission to focus our research and teaching in areas of great importance. Thus, we organize our research and teaching around three major areas:
- Advancing equity and eliminating disparities in education,
- Thriving through transitions and
- Attending to place and context.
In doing so, we have research clusters addressing pressing challenges facing public education, including:
- School Leadership,
- Equity/Disparities in K-12 and Post-secondary Outcomes and
- Policy and Reform Research
Our graduate students emerge from our programs equipped to not only navigate multiple policy arenas and institutional contexts but also to influence key policy and practice conversations across sectors of education.
Pedro Reyes, Ph.D.
Ashbel Smith Professor of School Leadership and Policy