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School of Education
Educational Leadership
Clark Atlanta University 
James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.

318 Rufus E. Clement Hall
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone:  404-880-6015

Program Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education 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, seeking to prepare leaders for diverse schools and communities, with special emphasis on 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 to improve the academic performance of P-12 students at all levels within the school structure to meet contemporary standards. The department employs 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.  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 CAEP, ELCC, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). 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. 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.