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Education Leadership

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Degree Programs

ProgramProgram ContactProgram DescriptionContact Information
Ph.D. in Education Leadership Professor Ellie Drago-Severson The Ph.D. program in Education Leadership has two lines of inquiry: (1) Leadership for Adult Development (LAD), and (2) Leadership & Organizational Development  (LOD).  Both tracks are aimed at preparing future university professors to conduct research and to teach leadership and leadership preparation courses at the graduate school level.  The LAD track emphasizes a theoretical and research focus on adult development, namely to support leadership and leadership development for individual and group growth.  Our other track, LOD, emphasizes a theoretical and research focus on the leadership of groups, institutions, and organizations from an organizational and social psychology perspective. Professor Ellie Drago-Severson,
Program Director

Email: drago-severson@tc.columbia.edu
The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership
Pete Simpson
This concentration is tailored to meet the needs of independent and international school professionals and prepares students to meet the challenges of leadership as school heads, deans, department heads, and instructional leaders.  Master’s degree programs specializing in Private School Leadership are offered in two formats: (1) an intensive year-long course of studies; or (2) the Leadership Academy – a concentrated program offered over the course of two summers. Most students attend the year-long program full time.  The concentrated Master’s program offered over the course of two summers allows students to earn a degree while continuing full-time employment. Pete Simpson,
Assistant Director

Email: pds2121@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 678-3156
The Klingenstein Center MA/MBA Dual Degree Programs
Pete Simpson
Two dual degree programs are offered to independent and international school leaders with the passion and commitment for starting independent or international schools. Students gain the business, leadership and management skills required to fully meet the challenges of running a successful educational institution. Students earn an MA in the Full-Year or Two-Summers MA programs at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, and an MBA from either Columbia Business School in NYC or from INSEAD, an international business school, on campuses in France and Singapore. All MA/MBA candidates must apply and be accepted individually to each school.
Pete Simpson,
Assistant Director

Email: pds2121@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 678-3156
The Summer Principals Academy (SPA) Professor Eric Nadelstern,
Director-SPA NYC

Professor Craig Richards,
Director-SPA NOLA
In the Summer Principals Leadership Academy, aspiring principals study intensively during two consecutive summers and have an internship experience in the intervening year.  This program leads to initial certification as a school building administrator.  In order to apply to the Summer Principals Leadership Academy, a candidate must possess the following: (1) a valid teaching license; (2) a minimum of three years of teaching experience; and (3) an institutional or district recommendation.

Note: In order to graduate, students in the Summer Principals Leadership Academy program must take and pass the New York State Building Leader Exam Parts I and II, regardless of their state of residence.
Nicole Limperopulos,
Associate Director of SPA NYC
Email: limperopulos@gmail.com
(O): (212) 870-8605
(C): (404) 358-1231

Andrea El-Nems,
Assistant Director of SPA NOLA
Email: elnemsa@tcprincipalnola.org
Urban Education Leaders Program (UELP) Dr. Brian Perkins The Urban Education Leaders Program is our Ed.D. cohort program for persons seeking leadership positions at the school district level and in other settings.  Most courses in this program offered during the summer or on weekends during the Fall and Spring terms. Dr. Brian Perkins,
Program Director

Email: bperkins@tc.columbia.edu
Education Leadership Studies Not accepting applicants at this time This concentration is a flexible course of study designed to meet the needs of students who are preparing for public school leadership positions that do not require state administrative certification, or for leadership positions in organizations that work with public schools, such as not-for-profit organizations, foundations, government agencies, and advocacy groups.  Most students in this concentration pursue the master’s degree (M.A. or Ed.M.).  Occasionally we admit students who seek an Ed.D. degree with a specialization in private school leadership.  These degree programs do not lead to New York State administrative certification.