Due to the increasingly complex tasks including research and data analysis within all types of educational institutions, there is a demand for strong, transformational leaders.
Applying theory to practice is an overall theme for the Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership, with the case-study approach to learning used extensively. In addition, a very integrated "professional inquiry, research, and dissertation core" has been developed to assist you in adding to your higher education knowledge base, and to ensure that students complete a Ph.D. rather than adding to the number of "all-but-dissertations" (ABD's) that exist in academia.
The program offers a unique learning experience where the course of study is individually tailored to the student’s interest in finding solutions to pressing education problems. The framework is based on an apprenticeship model that includes one-to-one mentoring and participation in research. The program is designed to ensure that graduates are equipped to assume roles as university faculty, researchers, or policy leaders.