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School Leadership

Making decisions at the top levels of a school, school district, or university requires diligence, competence and an understanding of the needs of diverse populations, among other skills, some of which can only be learned through direct experience. Fortunately, we are here to help.

Are you a certified teacher looking for a new challenge? Have you been thinking about ways to advance your career? Do you want to go beyond the classroom and make decisions that shape school- or even state-wide policy and beyond?

Unlike most of the other programs we offer, these focus on education as a business and an enterprise. The demands of empathy, understanding and inclusion are no different; in fact in some cases they are larger, as you must now consider a much larger sphere than the boundaries of a classroom.

Your course work

You will study a wide range of topics, ranging from budgeting and resource allocation to the obligations that school administrations have to federal and state government. You will also have opportunities to develop your skills in performing research and applying your findings. Your courses will also deal with the topics of cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion, along with advocacy.

Your career

These degrees have a narrower focus than most, each one prepares you for a specific role: the M.Ed. program is designed to prepare you for principal certification. Completing the Ed.S. program can lead to superintendent certification. Finally, there are two career paths you can pursue once you complete the Ph.D.: you might choose to be an administrator in a K-12 school or at a higher education institution.