Clark Atlanta University Learn Lead Change

Program Overview

    School of Education
    Educational Leadership
    Rufus E. Clement Hall, 318

    Telephone: (404) 880-6015




Program Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at Clark Atlanta University has a storied history during which it has produced generations of educational leaders for American schools and school districts. The department embraces the mission and core goals of the University and the School of Education, thereby seeking to prepare leaders who are well prepared for quality service and authentic advocacy for diverse schools and communities, with special emphasis on the urban centers. The department offers a comprehensive focus on leadership theories validated through a performance-based curriculum, with special emphasis on problem identification through use of various tools of research; on information and data analysis; on generating alternative strategies for addressing the strategic problems identified through this process; and on application of those strategies in the field through supervised performance-based practica or residency. The ultimate goal is improving the academic performance of p-12 students at all levels within the school structure to meet contemporary standards. In order to meet this goal, the department employs a talented and dedicated faculty with a blend of educational training and experience necessary to meet the high standards of the School of Education and the department.

The department offers graduate degrees in educational leadership and supervision, principally for p-12 schools, at the Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral levels. The Master’s degree program requires 30 semester hours; the Specialist degree program requires 30 hours of coursework at the 600 level; and the doctoral program requires 60 semester hours beyond the Master’s degree level. Additionally, the department offers a non-degree certification program of 21 semester hours for persons seeking initial p-12 certification in leadership. Each of these programs is comprised of a planned program driven by strong content and focuses on developing and refining critical skills, and on identifying and enhancing dispositions that are imbedded in national and state standards, especially NCATE, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). In order to complete these programs, students must satisfy all requirements and standards, including course work with no grade lower than B; field experience or residency requirements; and written comprehensive examinations. Additionally, doctoral students must prepare and present a dissertation Prospectus to faculty approval, and finally must develop and defend a scholarly dissertation.

Applicants must meet the basic admissions standards set by the University as well as those that might be unique to the School of Education and/or the Department of Educational Leadership.