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.
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.
Our department is consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the very best in the nation for our educational administration and supervision programs.
Our students engage in hands-on research at renowned centers on campus, including the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).
Wide-ranging Research and Academic Areas
Our wide-ranging research and academic areas include organizational theory, politics of education, legal aspects of administration, economics and financing of education, special education and more.
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.
Research and Engagement
Policies & Resources
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Faculty & Staff
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No Undergraduate Programs Are Offered
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.VIEW PROGRAM
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.VIEW PROGRAM
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.VIEW PROGRAM
ELPA Research Topics
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 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 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.
- Video of ‘Du Bois and Education’ book talk panel, including author Carl Grant, now available
UW-Madison’s Carl Grant, John Diamond, and Jordan Conwell took part in a panel discussion last month to examine Grant’s latest book, “Du Bois and Education.”May 15, 2019
- Matthews selected for second cohort of UW–Madison’s Diversity Liaisons
Four UW–Madison faculty members, including the School of Education’s Percival Matthews, have been selected to make up the second cohort of Diversity Liaisons to participate in the provost’s Diversity Liaison Project.May 14, 2019
- Five School of Education faculty members receive Honored Instructor awards
Each semester, University Housing residents have the opportunity to recognize outstanding classroom instructors through the Honored Instructor program.May 13, 2019
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