The Department of Leadership and Higher Education is made up of faculty members who work in the areas of leadership, educational administration, and policy. The department houses three graduate programs including; our Ed.D. program in Leadership for Educational Justice and two Master of Arts programs in Educational Administration and Higher Education. The department is committed to creating exceptional learning experiences for graduate students in small, personal, educational settings.

Department of Leadership and Higher Education

The Department of Leadership and Higher Education offers exclusively graduate degrees in higher education, educational administration and our doctoral degree in leadership for educational justice.

Department of Leadership and Higher Education

The School of Education's Department of Leadership and Higher Education prepares students for leadership and administration roles in education at the elementary, secondary, and college and university levels. The Department houses two master's degree programs and a doctoral degree that are rooted in educational justice and equity, training confident, effective leaders who are ready to make a difference in their communities.

Why study in the Department of Leadership and Higher Education?

The Redlands School of Education stays at the forefront of local, national, and global issues in the world of education, and the Department of Leadership and Education consistently challenges students to think critically and innovatively to develop effective solutions to these issues.

The Department of Leadership and Higher Education features instruction by faculty members who are top scholar-practitioners in the areas of leadership, educational administration, and policy. The department is committed to creating exceptional, unparalleled learning experiences in small and personal settings, allowing for graduate students to have direct access to faculty mentors who serve as motivators. Get to know the Leadership and Higher Education faculty below!

Mission-Focused Graduate Education Degrees

Guided by the ideals of equity and access, the Department of Leadership and Higher Education builds critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the application of diversity and multiculturalism concepts. Beyond the interdisciplinary curriculum, students refine their communication and interpersonal skills to be able to change community perception and elevate levels of collaboration.

In doing so, the Department graduates students that are true agents of change, making meaningful progress that closes the equity gap from elementary to higher education. 

Core Courses

The degree programs in the Department of Leadership and Higher Education are based on a foundation of four common core graduate courses that build proficiency in performing graduate-level research, assessment, evaluation, and writing. They also provide insight into the curriculum and program development, personal and professional reflection, and pluralism. 

In addition to these core courses, each program has requirements specific to its discipline and tailored to meet academic interests in line with professional aspirations.

Each master's level course is 14 weeks long, and all programs begin in September of each year. Classes are conveniently scheduled in the evening to facilitate access to the University of Redlands programs for a diverse set of learners and working professionals. All master's degree programs take an average of two years to complete. However, some students opt to complete the coursework in an accelerated manner in as little as a year and a half. 

Leadership and Higher Education Master's Degrees

The master's degrees in Leadership and Higher Education provide a transformative academic experience rooted in the goal of making schools more equitable for all. 

The Educational Administration master's degree trains leaders who have a fine-tuned sense of cultural sensitivity and an awareness of structural issues detrimental to students from diverse backgrounds, the Higher Education master's degree has two tracks, allowing students to either specialize in administrative-level preparation or student affairs and operations. 

Doctor in Education, Leadership in Educational Justice (Ed.D.)

The Doctor in Education, Leadership in Educational Justice molds leaders that are able to recognize social and educational inequity and serve as advocates for the disenfranchised and under-served student populations. 

Doctorate in Educational Justice, Ed.D

Lead the World of Education to a Better Tomorrow

The master's and doctoral degree programs in the Department of Leadership and Higher Education open the door to a rewarding career as a confident leader tackling the greatest challenges facing education today.

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