Educational Leadership

home page for the Educational Leadership program in the Department of Ed Policy Studies in the Penn State College of Education

EPS Student Small Group Discussion

Ranked #7 by U.S. News and World Report

Welcome to the Educational Leadership Program of The Pennsylvania State University.This program is available to those who want to exercise leadership roles in educational policy and management or engage in research about educational leadership. Areas of research emphasis include educational policy and politics, law, finance, ethics, evaluation. organizational theory, affiliated centers and programs focus on teacher leadership, rural education, educational evaluation, comparative & international education, educational ethics, and equity. Program faculty collaborate closely with graduate students in each of these research areas. Additionally, internships and practicums in a variety of settings can be arranged. The Educational Leadership Program has consistently been ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report.


The mission of the Educational Leadership Program is to support and advance education by preparing outstanding leaders who are committed to the continuous improvement of education, leaders who believe that higher levels of learning are possible for all children, and that school administrators must emphasize organizing and leading for learning and shared school leadership.  In addition, the Educational Leadership Program strives to create and disseminate knowledge for greater equity in education, school improvement, the creation of appropriate education policies, and the development of effective leaders focused on issues of social justice.