Welcome to the department of Educational Leadership and Policy. The department offers unique and innovative programs for preparing and training professionals to work and serve as future educational leaders in a broad range of fields. With four program areas: Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education (PACE), Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE), Educational Leadership, and Initial and Continuing Administrative Licensures (IAL/CAL), the department serves more than 500 graduate students. The department recognizes the importance of the applications of theory to practice and vice versa. As such, all courses in the programs are designed to include a required 30-hour community-based learning practicum. In addition to the graduate programs, the department offers undergraduate courses in the Leading Social Change cluster as part of the University Studies curriculum focusing on developing leadership skills for students interested in working in the education field. The department’s faculty and staff are committed to social justice, equity and access for all students, especially students from historically disenfranchised and marginalized social backgrounds.
Associate Professor & Interim Department Chair
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
ELP Department Guiding Principles
- We create and sustain educational environments that serve all students and address diverse needs.
- We encourage and model exemplary programs and practices across the life span.
- We build our programs on the human and cultural richness of the University's urban setting.
- We develop collaborative efforts that foster our mission.
- We challenge assumptions about our practice and accept the risks inherent in following our convictions.
- We develop our programs to promote social justice, especially for groups that have been historically disenfranchised.
- We strive to understand the relationships among culture, curriculum, and practice and the long-term implications for ecological sustainability.
- We model thoughtful inquiry as a basis for sound decision-making.
- We model and facilitate the effective use of technology to increase access to and support for teaching, learning, and research.