Welcome to the Educational Leadership program of The Pennsylvania State University. Our program supports and advances education by preparing outstanding leaders and scholars committed to the continuous improvement of education, educational equity, social justice, and the enhancement of school and community capacity. Our students emerge from our program poised to pursue or continue careers in PreK-12 education, academia, research, and/or educational policy in the area of educational leadership.


Prospective Graduate Students

Penn State's Educational Leadership program presents many opportunities for you to build skills for success. If you want to work as a leader in a PreK-12 environment, such as earn your Superintendent Letter of Eligibility, you can take coursework leading to Pennsylvania Department of Education endorsement or administrative certification or interact with leaders in the Pennsylvania School Study Council. If you want to be involved in educational policy or conduct educational research, you can get involved in one of our renowned centers such as Center for Education and Civil Rights, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis, or Center on Rural Education and Communities.


M.Ed. Degree in Educational Leadership

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Superintendent Graduate Certificate

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Ph.D. Degree in Educational Leadership

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D.Ed. Degree in Educational Leadership

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Principalship Graduate Certificate

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Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate

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EDLDR and Dual-Title Degrees in Comparative and International Education

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EDLDR Joint Degrees with Penn State Law

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Our program's areas of research emphasis include educational policy and politics, law, finance, rural and urban education, ethics, evaluation, and organizational theory. Affiliated programs, centers, councils, and journals focus on teacher leadership, rural and urban education, educational evaluation, comparative & international education, educational ethics, and equity. Program faculty collaborate closely with graduate students in each of these research areas. Additionally, students often arrange internships and practicums in a variety of settings. Penn State's Educational Leadership Program has consistently been ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report and is currently ranked #7 in the nation.

Educational Leadership Centers, Councils & Journals

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Educational Leadership faculty

EDLDR faculty

Current Educational Leadership students

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Educational Leadership alumni

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