Leadership and Education Policy

Program Overview

The Leadership and Education Policy (LEP) concentration in the Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy (LLEP) PhD prepares individuals to embark on careers as professors, researchers, policy analysts, and educational thought leaders. Students receive rigorous methodological training coupled with deep exploration of key substantive issues. In addition to completing required coursework in educational leadership and policy, students are encouraged to take courses in their area of interest offered by other departments and schools.

Concentration Breakdown

The Leadership and Education Policy concentration in the Learning, Leadership, & Educational Policy PhD program includes 18 credits of core coursework, 12 or more credits in the concentration, 12 or more credits in research design and methods, 6 or more credits in elective courses, and 15 credits of doctoral dissertation preparation. A coursework and credit overview can be found below. The concentration also requires the completion of a comprehensive examination, a dissertation proposal and defense, and a dissertation and defense.
LEP Concentration Guide

Funding and Affiliation

LEP Students who are enrolled full-time at the university are given first priority for graduate assistantships and other funding opportunities. LEP students also have the opportunity to affiliate with the Center for Education Policy Analysis. Students who affiliate with CEPA often work on Center projects, thus gaining concrete research skills and connecting to a broader research and policy community.
CEPA Affiliated Students