Educational Leadership, Organizations and Policy (ELOP) is an area of study in the Division of Teaching, Learning, Leadership, and Policy (TLLP) in the School of Education.
ELOP prepares practitioner-scholars to take leadership positions in schools, district central offices, and other systems-level organizations, such as Area Education Agencies (AEA), and prepares educational researchers to inquire into pressing problems of theory, policy, and practice in P-12 educational systems.
ELOP faculty draw on a wealth of schooling experiences, from classroom teacher to superintendent, and a range of research experiences, from fine-grained qualitative case studies of individual leaders and schools to large-scale quantitative studies of state and federal assessment data. Faculty have published in leading scholarly journals, such as Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Policy Analysis Archives, Equity and Excellence in Education, Journal of Cases in School Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, and Journal of School Leadership, NASSP Bulletin, as well as in leading practitioner publications, such as Phi Delta Kappan and The School Administrator.
Commitment to Leadership Preparation and Graduate Education
Centrally concerned with the intersections of theory and practice as well as creating and sustaining schools and educational systems that provide equitable learning opportunities for all students, ELOP faculty are committed to preparing reflective, rigorous, and justice-minded practitioner-scholars and educational researchers.
M.Ed./M.S. (w/ Initial Principal Certification)
The School of Education offers an M.Ed. and M.S. in Education with a specialization in Educational Administration that leads to State of Iowa initial principal certification. This program is commonly known as Pre-LEAD.
All M.Ed. and M.S. students must meet the School of Education requirements for the M.Ed. or M.S. and the Division requirements for the M.Ed. or M.S.
The School of Education offers a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Teaching, Learning, Leadership, and Policy (TLLP) and an emphasis in Educational Leadership, Organizations, and Policy.
All Ph.D. students must meet the School of Education requirements for the Ph.D. and the Division requirements for the Ph.D.. All coursework completed in addition to the School-level and Division-level requirements are determined in consultation with the student’s Program of Study Committee.
The School of Education is renewing our graduate program that leads to superintendent certification. This process of renewal is guided by a commitment to K-12 systems-level leadership preparation, including the role of the superintendent. We will provide an update on the future of our systems-level preparation program in the Fall/Winter of the 2017-2018 academic year.
Joanne Marshall (Associate Professor)
Daniel Spikes (Assistant Professor)
Doug Wieczorek (Assistant Professor)
Debra Van Gorp (Assistant Clinical Professor)
Application and Admissions Procedures
Please review the process of applying and requirements for admission for further information.
Inquiries about the Area of Educational Leadership, Organizations, and Policy
Please contact our Area Head: Joanne Marshall