PhD in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy

The PhD program in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy is designed to meet the professional and personal needs of educational leaders in school districts, higher education institutions, and non-governmental organizations through rigorous coursework and faculty-student research labs. These experiences prepare students for successful completion of a dissertation and professional application of leadership, research, and policy skills and knowledge.

MA in Leadership and Advanced License Programs

The MA in Leadership and Advanced License Programs (Principal License, Special Education Director License, and Administrator/Superintendent License) have been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders who can transform schools into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. The curriculum has been developed on a foundation of research in the areas of strategic leadership, instructional leadership, cultural and equity leadership, human resource leadership, managerial leadership, external development leadership, and student learning management. These programs satisfy accreditation requirements of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

MA in Leadership with Concentration in SAHE

The Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) concentration of the MA in Leadership has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders in student affairs operations in colleges and universities. The program adheres to the Master’s Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Program Standards developed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, 9th ed.). Leadership coursework is organized around foundational studies, professional studies, and supervised practice.

Undergraduate Minor in SAHE

The undergraduate minor in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) has been designed to prepare students interested in working in a helping profession, learning about college students and how to best work with them, and gaining knowledge and experience to open up career options in student affairs and higher education administration.

Adaptive Leadership Certificate


This program is designed to be a flexible education pathway for Pikes Peak region service-members.  It complements and enhances service-members' Professional Military Education (PME) provided by their respective branches by delving more deeply into critical thinking and leader fundamentals than can be accomplished in the military.  Success in the course sequence includes the acquisition of relevant professional knowledge leading to advancement, greater opportunities in their duties, and promotion. 

The certificate is comprised of four courses (12 credits total), delivered in a hybrid format, with several in-person sessions.