The educational leadership program prepares leaders to achieve results in the nation's schools by translating theory and knowledge into practice, applying skills in interpersonal relations and political diplomacy, applying research and data-based, decision-making skills, and following ethical principles. Graduates are able to adapt to a changing world, predict consequences of actions, and sustain continuous education improvements over time. Individuals develop skills and qualities that enhance their ability to empower, inspire, and guide the performance of others in achieving the goals of a school, a school district, or a community.
This doctoral program is designed for practicing and aspiring administrators who wish to expand their skills as scholar practitioners.
Emphasis is placed on the practical application of theory and knowledge to school and district leadership at the elementary and secondary levels. Instruction recognizes and incorporates the principles of adult learning with courses, seminars and other educational experiences featuring reflection, group, discussion, simulations, problem solving and school-related theory. The programs, which are interdisciplinary, allow students the flexibility of selecting supportive leadership coursework both in the College of Education and other colleges in the University of Arizona.
The program features cohort groups who take a basic core of 24 units together. Each fall, 12-15 students are admitted to a cohort.
*Aspiring administrators may take administrative certification coursework concurrently.
The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice (EPSP) includes Educational Leadership and the Center for the Study of Higher Education. The EPSP department combines the K-12 focus with postsecondary education to create a P-20 perspective that taps into the dominant discourse of education and policymakers today.
EPSP prepares graduate students at the doctorate and master's levels. Graduate programs in HED include Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. Graduate programs in EDL include an Ed.D., Ph.D., Ed.S., M.A. and M.Ed. The M.A. degree has a focus on policy. The M.Ed. degree is a standards-driven curriculum leading to both a degree and state certification for the principalship.
The Educational Leadership, M.Ed., program is designed for aspiring educational leaders who are seeking administrative certification. This cohort-based, 36-unit program leads to principal certification in the state of Arizona and can be completed within two years. The cohort concept has been used successfully by the University of Arizona Educational Leadership Program for several years. In this model, students develop formal and informal relationships with other students that support their journey to successful completion of an advanced degree. It also provides a solid foundation for leaders considering doctoral work at the elementary and secondary levels. In fact, some of the core courses may be applied toward the doctoral program in educational leadership.
Two courses per fall semester and two courses per spring semester will be offered at an off-campus site on Monday evenings from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. Four courses will be offered off-campus in the summer as well. Off-campus site locations include settings within Tucson Unified School District, Amphitheater School District, Flowing Wells School District, and Marana School District.
Courses in the program are delivered in a variety of formats, including completely online, hybrid (meaning a combination of in-person and online classes), and in-person. Core coursework of the program includes classes like EDL 560 (Foundations of Educational Leadership: Theory, Research & Practice), EDL 561 (The Principalship), and EDL 562 (Arizona Education Law).
The 30-unit Master of Arts in Educational Policy, offered by the Education Policy Studies and Practice Department in the College of Education, will provide students with an understanding of education policymaking history and process, and develop their skills to analyze data and inform policies. The program will provide anyone interested in education policy with the necessary background to engage in the policymaking process: classroom teachers, school leaders, university personnel, community members, and those interested in continuing their studies in a doctoral program. The program will offer courses flexibly (e.g., evenings, online, hybrid) that will include research methods, critical topics in education policy, as well as the opportunity to take various elective courses that might include a focus on language policy, privatization and education reform, law, and/or public policy, among other focus areas.
Both the Center for the Study of Higher Education (HED) and Educational Leadership (EDL) maintain their core functions and curriculum, consistent with professional career paths and state standards for certification leading to licensure. However, the combined unit more broadly facilitates and encourages research, instructional, and service and outreach initiatives consistent with a policy development and analysis focus.
College of Education
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
International Applicants ONLY:
Please review English proficiency requirements here: https://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/requirements/international-applicants#english-proficiency
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
A minimum of 72 units is required to complete the program.
Cohort Core 12 units
Electives/Theory 12 units
Research Methods 12-15 units
Dissertation 18 units
Internship 1-3 units
Minor Program 9-12 units
Total 72 units
Minors may be declared in Educational Leadership, or outside of the program with approval from your advisor.
Students must complete the minor department requirements as stated by the minor advisor.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||92%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||3.25|
|Enrollment Percent Male||22.73%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||77.27%|
|Enrollment Percent International||6.82%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||56.82%|