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Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program is designed for candidates who seek to pursue careers in research, institutional assessment, policy analysis, institutional leadership, higher education administration, student affairs, or the professoriate. The program challenges the conventional wisdom that K-12 and postsecondary education are different worlds by bringing together scholars and students from all levels of education to work and study together. Working from the premise that all people can learn at high levels, the program explores the systemic barriers that prevent so many children, adolescents, and young adults from achieving their fullest potential. Students receive a broad foundation in the study of educational leadership and policy development through a wide range of course offerings focused on both K-12 leadership and higher education.

Candidates in the Ph.D. program will be part of a cohort throughout their required coursework, leading to the dissertation. Research has demonstrated that cohort models can be very effective in fostering deep learning and increasing the likelihood of students moving towards program completion. Because most of the students in the program work full-time, they are required to take only six graduate credit hours per semester.

For further information about the Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership, contact the Ph.D. Program Director at elpsadvising@uta.edu.