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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program Outcomes

Graduating Highly Effective Educational Leaders

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is designed to graduate highly effective educational leaders who place themselves in service to improving school for children and youth.

Program outcomes rest firmly on the following beliefs:

  • Leadership is the fusion of the mind, heart, and spirit in the moment of action.

  • Transformational leadership starts from the inside out when leaders place themselves in service of others.

  • Effective leaders have the intellectual rigor and the practical experience to engage educational challenges with skill and courage.

  • The practice of educating all children and youth is a matter of social justice.

We are committed to assuring that our graduates will be effective educational leaders who:
  • Can explain how their personal narrative shapes their views about the literature, schools, organizations, groups and their own approach to social justice leadership.

  • Create collaborative environments that welcome and serve diverse members, including cultural/linguistic diversity, gender, special needs, and age-span differences.

  • Understand how social, cultural, political, and historical forces have influenced educational leadership, educational policy, and program evaluation locally and globally.

  • Understand how student experiences in schools and educational outcomes of historically underserved populations have occurred.

  • Are knowledgeable of the legal, ethical, and political advocacy processes, policies, practices, and partnerships in which education is embedded.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of conflict and the importance of ethics in leadership and decision-making.

  • Model and support the importance of trust and the ethical expectations of the education profession and strive to make their professional practice serve the needs of students, family, school, district, and community.

  • Exhibit appreciation for evidence in decision-making, that is drawn from multiple sources via sound means of collection, and tested against scholarly literature and the realities of changing circumstances to hold themselves and all stakeholders accountable for effective practice and improved learning opportunities for all students.

  • Are able to undertake first-hand investigations of local problems using applied research methods to make meaningful, interpretable, valid, reliable, and authentic improvements.

  • Utilize a knowledge of research that allows them to interpret findings, make judicious applications of research, evaluate programs, and advise others in policy positions and improvement initiatives.

  • Use the results of research and a deep understanding of organizational structures, cultures, and networks, to lead effective and accountable improvement efforts within their organizations.

  • Can assess the strengths and limits of research and scholarly literature, and the basis of validity, reliability, credibility, and interpretability.

  • Will foster and encourage effective educational practice within their schools, districts, communities and educational organizations based on research and scholarly literature.