Educational Management

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The Educational Management program provides candidates with an opportunity to develop the critical leadership skills and knowledge that are required in today's increasingly complex, diverse, and information-driven educational organizations. This unique program in executive Educational Management provides an attractive and viable alternative to "traditional" doctoral programs in educational leadership. As an alternative doctoral model, the program is designed to:

  • Provide candidates with an advanced curriculum that focuses on relevant and current topics and issues in executive educational leadership;
  • Focus on the core leadership competencies, dispositions, and applied research that executive educational leaders need to be effective in educational settings;
  • Provide opportunities for candidates to focus their dissertation on actual problems in educational organizations, making the dissertation relevant and practical, and thereby encouraging organizational support;
  • Provide candidates with access to a network of successful educational leaders and organizations to support their intellectual, professional, and career development.
  • Through the use of theory and practice we aim to develop change agents and role models for socially- just educational systems.


Students studying in these programs are generally interested in the following categories:

  • Those seeking preparation for careers as educational leaders and administrators in Pk-12 school sectors. Positions most commonly sought are principals, superintendents, supervisors, program directors, central office staff, and state education agency leaders.
  • Those seeking preparation for administrative and leadership careers in post secondary education at the community college and university level, as well as in technical-vocational education. This particular focus can include preparation for the professoriate.
  • Those seeking preparation for careers in educational research, agency and program evaluation, and educational management technology. Positions cover placement in a broad range of employment situations within school districts, community colleges, universities, government, and industry.