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The program leading to the Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare educational leaders for a wide variety of professional positions in PK-12 administration and supervision, higher education, and state and national policy making arenas. The goal is to prepare professionals who possess the knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership and to produce meaningful change in educational organizations with the underlying premise of social justice.
The Cohort is designed for educational leaders working full-time in PK-12 schools, divisions, and other educational organizations. PK-12 school leaders take classes as part of a cohort in which students discuss and research educational problems of practice and policy. Course content is designed to help students use research, theory, and their own professional expertise to advance organizational change in their own organizations
Our courses, offered once a week, are held in the evening during the work week (not on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays).
This course includes the psychology of organizational behaviors, theories of managing people, individual and organizational learning, individual motivation and organizational behavior, interpersonal communications and perceptions, group dynamics, problem management, managing multigroup work, managing diversity, leadership and organizational culture, leadership and decision making, the effective exercise of power and influence, supervision and employee development, organizational analysis, and managing change.
In this course, students study and engage in dialogue related to the critical role of education in a democratic society in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. Through a focused discussion of theories and concepts such as democratic schools, social justice, critical theory and power, feminism, critical race theory, and difference/normalization, students come to understand the possible roles education can play in society and their need to continuously reflect on their own vision for leadership in public schools.
This course focuses on the theories and practices needed to build relationships and support from the state political process, the local community, businesses, and media. Emphasis will be placed on the use of influence, and its impact on relationships, policies, and programs. Focus is placed on developing a shared vision to bring schools and communities together as partners in improving student learning. Two-way communication mechanisms for school improvement using political influence and power are examined. Prerequisite: ELS 811.
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Educational Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Have a graduate grade point average of 3.00 overall
Provide three letters of recommendation
Write a one page, single-spaced essay that explains the applicant's qualifications, professional and career goals, and reasons for seeking the Ph.D.
Write a one page, single-spaced statement about a contemporary and critical issue facing educational leaders
Write a one page, single-spaced statement about an instructional and/or learning issue facing your organization and the implication for school leaders and/or policy
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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Receive a 25% discount off of per-credit tuition.
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