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With a nationally recognized faculty and a tradition of prominence, the Teachers College Education Leadership Program prepares students for careers as practitioners and scholars to lead and transform a wide variety of educating organizations. Students are equipped to lead educational practice; to influence political systems, education law, and education policy; to apply the methods of social science research to the conduct of inquiry; and to seek equality, equity, and diversity in education. Graduates serve in leadership positions as school principals and headmasters, district superintendents, and education leaders in comparable positions of executive leadership; as policy analysts and advocates; and as scholars of education and education leadership.

To prepare themselves to serve effectively, students:
  • Become thoroughly grounded in the theory and practice of education leadership;
  • Develop a broad and deep understanding of educating institutions in our society;
  • Understand teaching and learning and are able to lead and support effective teaching and learning for all kinds of teachers and students;
  • Understand the principles of organizational culture and behavior and possess skills needed to provide effective organizational leadership;
  • Understand contemporary management systems, and are able to employ them effectively;
  • Understand the nature of policy, political systems, and law and possess the skills required to shape and influence these systems and their products;
  • Understand the uses of technology in education and administration, and possess the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively;
  • Understand the nature of social science research and are able to apply its principles and methods in conducting inquiry and reviewing research;
  • Are alert to the legal and ethical considerations that influence all aspects of education;
  • Are committed to the ideals of equity and diversity in educational matters, and possess the skills and knowledge needed to promote these ideals in educational institutions; and
  • Exhibit the courage and critical intelligence needed to question what is and develop what might be.