Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The UW–Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis is home to a highly-ranked graduate program dedicated to examining leadership and research practices in primary and secondary education. Our academics and research fall into three categories: K-12 leadership, higher education, and educational policy analysis and evaluation. Our students leave the program primed to be leaders in education — from principals and superintendents, to college administrators and policymakers.

Mission

Our mission is to create, evaluate, exchange, and apply knowledge about leadership, learning and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in a diverse and changing world.

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Admissions

In keeping with the department’s mission and strategic plan, admissions will be based on a holistic view of each candidate with special attention to the potential for success in the desired program of study evidenced in the documentation provided.​

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Policies & Resources

Visit the Department Policies & Resources page for up-to-date ELPA policies, forms, and procedures.

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Faculty & Staff

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No Undergraduate Programs Are Offered

Graduate Programs

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Doctoral Minor

A doctoral minor in ELPA includes a rational, unified set of courses that have a clearly articulated theme or focus which allows the student to develop knowledge in educational leadership & policy analysis.

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Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, M.S.

The ELPA master's program focuses on creating, evaluating, exchanging, and applying knowledge about leadership, learning, and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in a diverse and changing world. The ELPA MS degree can be pursued through three tracks.

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Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Ph.D

The ELPA doctoral program focuses on creating, evaluating, exchanging, and applying knowledge about leadership, learning, and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in a diverse and changing world.

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Certificates

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Professional Certificate

The Educational Specialist Certificate Program is a 60-credit program, most often completed by someone seeking a superintendent license.

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ELPA Research Topics

Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation emphasizes conducting educational policy research and analysis with a goal of advancing the achievement of all students through effective policy design, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational policies and programs. 

Higher Education

Higher Education is one research strand in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. Higher Education graduates become faculty members at research universities, researchers in research centers and consulting firms, University administrators, and University presidents. Graduates are also student service coordinators, academic advisors, and other leaders in the field.

K-12 Leadership

K-12 Leadership is a research focus within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis investigating and emphasizing the effective administration of primary and secondary institutions. Students and faculty conduct research that informs decision-making in Wisconsin state education policy and leadership practice.

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