Education Leadership PhD

Ph.D. in Education Leadership

Thank you for your interest. At this time, we are not accepting applications for the Ph.D. Program in Education Leadership because we are reviewing the curriculum and program focus. Please revisit our website for future updates.


Ellie Drago-SeversonWe wish a warm welcome to all of our future and current students as well as alumni who are visiting our website. Our Ph.D. Program in Education Leadership has a distinguished faculty whose mission is to prepare committed graduate students to serve as University Professors of Education Leadership. The Ph.D. Program in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University is a full time doctoral program. We hope you find this site helpful.


Dr. Ellie Drago-Severson
Professor of Education, Director of Ph.D. Program in Education Leadership

There is great power in hope. With great hope, may our leadership work together raise our consciousness, amplify our abilities to support growth in students and adults in our care, and encourage and strengthen us to step forward courageously in leading for adult development. May it also help us to be more compassionate by deepening our understanding of how to support adult growth. May it enable us to listen differently and to lead by listening...

Adapted from Leading Adult Learning (Drago-Severson, 2009)

Program Mission

Our mission is to support the development of professors of education leadership who will be prepared to grow aspiring and practicing school leaders and advance scholarship in the field. More specifically, our PhD program in Educational Leadership:

  • Sits at the nexus of national and international research, theory, and real-world practice
  • Focuses on building bridges between research and practice by employing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches
  • Equips students with the necessary skills to investigate and respond in socially just ways to critical issues in education leadership from multiple, diverse perspectives
  • Supports and stretches aspiring scholars to redefine notions of education leadership, education leadership development, and education leadership research to care for the future of education
  • Provides a supportive, mentoring environment to develop critical thinkers, thought leaders, systematic and skilled researchers, and innovative scholars

This is how we develop aspiring professors in education leadership who can effectively prepare practicing and aspiring leaders to manage the complexity of leading in the 21st century. 

Two students chat inside a faculty member's office at Teachers College

Admissions Information

Displaying requirements for the Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 terms.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Points/Credits: 90
  • Entry Terms: Even Year Fall Only; Available 2024

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Final): N/A

* *Program is not accepting applications for the 2024 cycle*

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Degree Requirements

Please contact the program for more information on course requirements.

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