Educational Leadership

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

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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 law, finance, ethics, and evaluation. 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 is located in the Department of Education Policy Studies within the College of Education, at The Pennsylvania State University. In the program students utilize concepts from theory and research as a framework for applications to school practice. Three separate graduate programs are offered:  Doctoral (Ph.D. and D.Ed.), Masters (M.Ed.), and Master’s/Certification (Principal and Letter of Eligibility for Superintendent).  The Educational Leadership Program has consistently been ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report.

Our graduates hold positions as:

  • Principals
  • Supervisors
  • Superintendents of Public and Independent Schools
  • Intermediate Unit Officials
  • State and Federal Agency Administrators & Staff
  • Professors of Educational Leadership
  • Research and Development Personnel

Mission

To support and advance education by:

Preparing outstanding leaders who are committed to the reform and 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.  Creating and disseminating knowledge for school improvement, education policy, and leadership development.