Programs in the area of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Policy inform and promote the transformation of education both within and beyond P-12 schools and postsecondary institutions, with the ultimate goal of creating powerful and equitable learning for all. We bring multiple disciplines, analytical tools, and bodies of knowledge to our work, including history, political science, economics, organizational studies, philosophy, and sociology; as well as the wisdom of applied practice in the fields of community organization, public/nonprofit leadership, and education, policy design, implementation, and evaluation.

Faculty research and teaching inform, for example, the meaning of equity and the ethics and purposes of education, access of historically disenfranchised students to P-12 schooling and postsecondary educational institutions; the connections between leadership and student learning; the development of high-quality teacher and administrative teams; collaboration with communities to create equitable educational opportunities for all children; the reshaping of community college and university education; and the critical transition from school to work.

Learn more about our academic pathways.

M.Ed.

  • Policy, Organizations and Leadership in K-12 Systems — Explore educational policies, organizations and leadership and how they can be reinvented and marshaled to improve learning for all students.
  • Education Policy/MEP — An 11-month, cohort-based program designed to prepare students for leadership positions working in education policy within schools/districts, government, philanthropy, advocacy/non-profit and post-secondary education.
  • Danforth Educational Leadership Program — A cohort-based program that prepares future leaders for initial principal and program administrator certification.
  • Leadership in Higher Education — A cohort-based program that prepares individuals for leadership roles at community colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations.
  • Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership — A cohort-based program that prepares future leaders in administrative and coaching roles within collegiate athletic departments.
  • Social and Cultural Foundations — Explore the meaning, purpose and significance of education in society.

Ed.D.

  • Leadership for Learning — A cohort-based program preparing educators for systems-level leadership positions in district and state educational agencies.

Ph.D.

Certificate

  • Danforth Educational Leadership Program — A cohort-based program that prepares future leaders for initial principal and program administrator certification.
  • Leadership for Learning — A cohort-based program preparing educators for systems-level leadership positions in district and state educational agencies.