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Welcome to Educational Leadership

About Educational Leadership Graduate Programs

The Educational Leadership & Policy Studies program at Purdue University prepares individuals who are committed to teaching and departmental leadership, administrative, or professional positions. Graduates of our programs leave prepared to assume positions as building-level administrators, superintendents, central office administrators, educational leadership researchers, and educational policymakers. The program provides a strong emphasis on student learning environments, community collaboration and development, educational policy, and management of organizations from an educational and business perspective. Additionally, the core curriculum explores contemporary educational issues as they develop in a variety of contexts and community settings and their relationship to the work of school leaders.

Our Faculty

Our faculty has diverse backgrounds in P-12 schooling, educational policy, and research.

Degree Information

Students are encouraged to work closely with faculty, identify their areas of interest, select a major professor, and submit a plan of study early in their degree programs.

We offer four distinct programs for our students:

       1.  Building-Level Administrator Licensure (add-on options: M.S. or Ed.S.)

This program offers an opportunity for students interested in earning administrative licensure to do so in a hybrid model of in-person and on-line coursework. Graduates will be prepared to assume administrative roles in P-12 schools in Indiana. All courses have been mapped to the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) Standards for Advanced Programs in Educational Administration and the coordinating Indiana Standards for School Leaders. Students may complete additional coursework to earn an M.S. or Ed.S.

       2.  Superintendent Licensure (Cohort Doctoral Program - Ph.D.)

For principals and other school administrators interested in pursuing an advanced degree in Educational Leadership in a part-time program, the Cohort Doctoral Program offers an opportunity to earn a Ph.D. and superintendent licensure through distance learning technology. A combination of interactive video, Blackboard, and a few Saturday meetings on campus each semester provide students the opportunity to interact with their classmates in other parts of the state. All courses have been mapped to the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) Standards for Advanced Programs in Educational Administration and the coordinating Indiana Standards for School Leaders

       3.  Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The Ph.D. program prepares students to engage in educational research around issues of leadership, policy, and social justice. Students will consider critical topics in education, develop a broad and inclusive view of the kinds of issues facing educational leaders and policymakers, and develop expertise in analytical/research practices associated with topics in educational leadership and policy. The program of study is flexible, allowing for students to create their own individualized learning trajectories to be prepared for positions in academia, research, and public policy.