Our programs aim to prepare educational leaders to assume prominent leadership roles within both the PreK-12 educational setting and higher education setting.

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Our department has a strong commitment to excellence, continuous school improvement, and social justice throughout our local, state, regional, national, and global societies.  Our faculty members are former award-winning practitioners in the field of educational leadership and are world-renowned experts on the topic of educational leadership and policy studies.

We invite you to explore our department web pages to learn more about our nationally accredited and recognized programs. Upon review, if you would like to discuss our programs in greater detail, please complete the inquiry form and the department chair, a respective program coordinator, or faculty member will contact you directly.

If you are ready to apply, please submit your application today.

"School leadership is second only to direct classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to student achievement in a school."

The Wallace Foundation

Nationally Accredited Programs

The College of Education represents the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at Southern Connecticut State University.  The College of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  The EPP consists of 58 programs at the initial and advanced levels and are run by Departments within the College of Education, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Health & Human Services.  The programs offered within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies are 2 (of those 58) programs within the EPP at the advanced level.

Nationally Recognized Programs

Our programs are nationally recognized by the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) and Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

  • Sixth-Year Certificate (SYC) Program with Certification (092) – received “Full Recognition” by ELCC/NELP (until 2025)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program – received “Full Recognition” by ELCC/NELP (until 2025)

Our Students are Leaders in Connecticut

Graduates of both our Sixth-Year Certificate Program (with 092 Intermediate Administrator Certification) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program (with 092 Intermediate Administrator Certification) serve Connecticut Schools in every leadership role.  The 092 Certification through the State of Connecticut certifies an individual to hold leadership roles in Connecticut, including building leadership positions and most district leadership positions*.  

Our Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program opens doors to any position that requires or prefers a terminal degree.  Graduates of our doctoral program guide educational policy in the state, teach at colleges and universities, as well as lead other education interested agencies and organizations.

* Through the process of reciprocity, 092 certificate holders in the state of Connecticut may be eligible for equivalent licensure in other U.S. states.

Contact Us

Ms. Cynthia Brockett
Department Secretary (Secretary II)
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
(203) 392-5709

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