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The Department of Educational Leadership's programs and classes model critical, reflective, and collaborative learning. Our faculty and instructors bring strong content knowledge to a commitment to developing student voice.  Our syllabi and programs reflect our collective belief that human and cultural diversity enhance educational experiences for all. Our pedagogies are designed to engage students with controversial theories, multiple perspectives, critique, reflection, and action.  For all these reasons, EDL courses typically are conducted in seminar-style with high levels of interaction and student engagement.

Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership, where we prepare students to develop educational practices and communities that are committed to institutional and community transformation, equity, and social justice. Our interest is in the study of educational change and leadership across educational organizational systems. Faculty and students throughout the Department share a common interest in linking research and practice, in the intellectual study of culture and social change.

We offer a range of undergraduate opportunities including a major in Education Studies, a minor in Community-Based Leadership, a thematic sequence in Critical Youth Studies, and a certificate in Outdoor Leadership. We also sponsor a number of courses housed in the Division of Student Life in the areas of leadership, service learning, career development, and university life.