The Leadership & Education Policy concentration prepares PhD students for academic and administrative positions in higher education, and leadership or research positions in schools, government agencies, think tanks, business, and non-profit organizations.

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The Leadership & Education Policy Concentration in the Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy (LLEP) Ph.D. prepares individuals to:

  • Develop an understanding of multiple dimensions of leadership, as well as conditions enabling leadership for change
  • Apply a range of policy frameworks to better understand how education policy is created, implemented, and evaluated
  • Critically examine important questions in the field using rigorous research methodologies
  • Construct theoretical models based on sound empirical research to guide practice and policy
  • Apply lenses of social justice and organizational change to work in and with complex organizations


The Leadership & Education Policy concentration Plan of Study includes 15 credits of core coursework, 12 or more credits in the concentration, 9 or more credits in research design and methods, 15 credits of Doctoral Dissertation preparation credits, completion of a comprehensive examination and successful dissertation defense.

LLEP Core Courses (15 credits)

  • EDLR 5201 — Influences on Adult Learning
  • EDLR 5204 — Organizational Learning
  • EDLR 6313 — Educational Policy and Politics
  • EDLR 6467 — Social Justice Leadership, Equity, and Change
  • EDLR 6050 — Proposal/Prospectus Development I

Leadership & Education Policy Concentration Courses (12 credits minimum)

  • EDLR 6314 — Legal Issues in Organizational Management

  • EDLR 6464 — Seminar: Leadership and School Organizations
  • EDLR 6322 — Economics of Education and School Finance

  • EDLR 6323 — History of K-12 Education Reforms

Research Courses (9 credits minimum)
(Can be used to meet Graduate School 6-credit minimum Related Area requirement)

  • EDCI 6000 — Qualitative Methods of Educational Research
  • EDLR 6052 — Qualitative Methods of Educational Research II
  • EDCI 6005 — Advanced Methods of Qualitative Research
  • EPSY 5605 — Quantitative Methods in Research I
  • EPSY 5607 — Quantitative Methods in Research II
  • Other research courses as appropriate, such as EPSY 5610, EPSY 5613, EPSY 5621

Graduate School Required Doctoral Dissertation Research credits (15 credits minimum)

  • GRAD 6950 — Doctoral Dissertation Research