K - 12 Educational Leadership

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K-12 Educational Leadership

Dr. Brenda Gilio discusses Widener's graduate program in K-12 Educational Leadership.

The Doctoral Program in K-12 Educational Leadership is one of the most highly regarded and recognized programs in the tri-state area.

Graduate students can focus their course of study on one of four tracks: Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development; Instructional Technology; Pupil Personnel Services; and School System Leadership. Widener's K-12 Educational Leadership program offers professionals an opportunity to reach the highest levels of leadership within the public education system. This program offers the opportunity to professionals to earn a terminal degree needed to advance to the top of their profession.

At Widener, K-12 Educational Leadership doctoral candidates develop leadership skills grounded in scholarship, educational research, and best practices. The program is guided by its conceptual framework which emphasizes academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, lifelong learning with a commitment to technology and best practices. This flexible program can be attended either full- or part-time. Most of our students are working educators who can easily fit this program into their professional schedules because classes are held once a week in the evening. The K-12 Educational Leadership doctoral program prepares students for greater success in their profession by preparing them for the challenges and changes found in education.

Students find a customized approach to earning their doctoral degree at Widener. They can shape and tailor their dissertation to focus on areas that are congruent with their research interests and career goals. Students have more opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration in the doctoral program. They can build on their undergraduate education and professional experiences through their course work and dissertation. Most of our students report that they find they can apply their studies immediately to their daily professional activities.

Graduate students in the K-12 Educational Leadership doctoral program find a supportive environment and respected faculty who help students construct a foundation for career enrichment and success in the field of education. Widener faculty members work closely with degree candidates to facilitate student success. Students quickly become effective and efficient leaders in this program because they are supported by faculty who act as mentors and offer a high level of personal attention.

Who enrolls?

Most students have typically worked in education for at least three to five years and have established themselves in the profession. They enroll because they want to advance in their career and enrich their professional growth through a doctoral degree.

Each of the tracks in the K-12 Educational Leadership doctoral program prepares one for a leadership position, quite often at the district level, in the specialized area. In addition, the School System Leadership track is taken in tandem with the Letter of Eligibility.one’s career goals.