The Ph.D. program is designed to meet the personal and professional needs of educational leaders in school districts, higher education, and non-governmental organizations through rigorous courses in leadership, research and policy. Although this program is offered in the College of Education, it attracts candidates from various career fields such as the military, non-profit organizations, business, state agencies, the ministry, and P-20 education. This innovative program combines challenging coursework with collaborative faculty-students research labs that prepare students for successful completion of the dissertation and professional application of skills and knowledge.
As an active participant in these programs you will develop as a leader through an expanded self- knowledge and world-view. You will develop the competencies and strategies to lead others. You will learn how to guide a professional team as you integrate recommendations from research with an assessment of the needs of an organization and create a plan for success. You will explore the political and social implications of education and the educational requirements of a diverse, democratic, multicultural society. You will acquire the confidence necessary to ignite and inspire others.
Warren Bennis has written that the primary goal of leadership is the creation of a human community held together by a common purpose. True leaders, he said, demonstrate a balance of competence, virtue, and vision. It is our mission to guide you in developing all three.
This cohort program begins each FALL semester:
Early admission priority deadline January 15; Final deadline March 15
Selection of a university and a doctoral program of study is an important decision. Therefore, prospective students are encouraged to meet and consult with a departmental faculty advisor prior to the application process. Students should schedule an appointment to discuss career goals and special circumstances with a member of the faculty by calling
719-255-4996 or email@example.com
To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research & Policy cohort program, prospective students must complete the following procedures:
Application for admission to the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research & Policy program begins with completion of the online Graduate application found at: www.uccs.edu/~apply The online application and all additional materials mentioned below must be completed and uploaded into your application. The early admission priority deadline is January 15; the final deadline is March 15 to be considered for the Ph.D. cohort the following fall.
Within the online application, you will need to:
Graduate Record Exam:
Additional items of note for International applicants:
English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 575-(paper-based) or 90-(internet-based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 280 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Please contact the UCCS Office of International Affairs at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 1-719-255-7218 to make arrangements to take the ACT/COMPASS® at UCCS.
Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country's Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services http://www.naces.org/members.htm), AACRAO (http://ies.aacrao.org/evaluations/) or World Education Services/WES https://www.wes.org/).
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.
Please upload your narrative into your online application. Your narrative should respond to the questions listed below. Please limit your narrative to 1500 words.
The University of Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment in employment in, its educational programs and activities.
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Leadership & Policy (21 Credits)
|LEAD 7300 - Ethical Leadership & Democratic
Values in a Multicultural Society
|LEAD 7350 - Leadership, Power, & Authority
in Education Policy & Governance
|LEAD 8200 - Large Scale Student Assessment||3|
|LEAD 8250 - Policy Analysis & Evaluation||3|
|LEAD 8300 - Leadership Excellence in Complex
|LEAD 8350 - The Economics of Education||3|
|LEAD 8600 - American and Comparative Foundations
Research (54 Credits)
|LEAD 7100 - Intermediate Quantitative Research & Statistics||3|
|LEAD 7150 - Methods of Qualitative Research||3|
|LEAD 7600 - Doctoral Research Laboratory in Leadership||15
(taken over 4 semesters)
|LEAD 8100 - Advanced Quantitative Research & Statistics||3|
|LEAD 8150 - Applications of Qualitative Research||3|
|LEAD 8990 - Doctoral Dissertation||30|