The Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership (EMPL) is committed to ensuring graduates acquire tangible skills that are immediately useful in using and understanding educational research and its application to problems of practice in a variety of educational settings. Graduates are well prepared to apply data-driven methods and strategies to develop, implement, evaluate, and research educational programs.
EMPL offers an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership (EDLD) that focuses on the development, implementation, and generation of improved outcomes in the organization, management, and leadership of K-12 education.
Policy and Organizations, Methodological Approaches, and Measurement and Assessment are the three key strengths of this department. These areas broadly encompass faculty research and teaching interests, as well as provide students relevant educational experiences through courses and other program requirements. Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership is committed to ensuring that graduates acquire at least three fundamental abilities:
(a) technical knowledge of systems operations
(b) conceptual perspectives for interpretation
(c) human interaction for implementation
Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Educational Leadership (EDLD) through EMPL focus on the development, implementation, and generation of improved outcomes in the organization and management of K-12 education. EMPL does not offer an emphasis in higher education. The degree is intended for individuals who wish to pursue careers in student support services, staff and community relations, program coordination, associate program coordination, or advisor positions.
EDLD degrees, emphases, and endorsements develop effective, highly-regarded, and influential leaders in educational practice, policy, and scholarship. Students pursuing the Master of Science degree have different goals. Some students wish to obtain a M.S. degree to obtain an administrative position, advance their career or return to the work force; while other students wish to situate themselves to obtain a doctoral degree.
Students select the emphasis aligned with both content interest and the desired option:
Not all emphases offer each of these options.
All students must declare an emphasis at the time of application.
The M.S. degree in Educational Leadership focuses on four major areas of emphasis. Students select one of these empahsis areas when entering the M.S. degree program:
- Policy and Leadership
- Literacy Leadership
- Quantitative Research Methods (QRM)
- Educational Technology and Virtual Schools (ETVS)
M.S. Planned Program