Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP)


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Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
468 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000

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NEW Program
Undergraduate Minor in Educational Leadership and Policy for Equity

Non-Matriculating Students

ELP Non-Degree Application

ELP Chair Janina Brutt-GrifflerWelcome to the Department

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at UB aims to develop the knowledge and expertise of its students to prepare them to take leadership positions as scholars, administrators and policy analysts who positively impact education and educational organizations in Western New York, nationally and internationally. It also aims to develop an understanding of the how and why successful policymaking and leadership can improve educational practice and the quality of education in diverse school settings and in the rapidly changing world.

To achieve its mission, the department offers a wide range of master's and doctoral programs as well as a curriculum for undergraduate students who wish to complement their academic studies with an undergraduate minor in education. Our classrooms are vibrant and intellectually stimulating, with students who bring creative energy, cross-cultural perspectives, and readiness to pursue rigorous and relevant course work. We are proud of the achievements of our faculty, internationally recognized scholars who are committed to their students in providing mentoring and creating apprenticeships on research projects toward our shared goal of leading educational research and practice forward in American schools and globally. We are equally proud of our alumni who engage in ground-breaking scholarly inquiry and pursue careers as faculty in universities throughout the U.S. and the world, who hold leadership roles in public and private schools, businesses, NGOs, and in local, state, and federal government.

We invite you to explore each of our Master's Programs in Educational Administration, Higher Education, Higher Education with a Student Affairs concentration and in Education Studies, designed to integrate educational theory with field-based experience. We invite you to learn about the Department's new model program Leadership Initiative for Tomorrow's Schools (LIFTS) that prepares candidates to apply to the New York State Education Department (SED) for certification as school leaders.

Our Doctoral Programs in Educational Administration, Higher Education, and Educational Culture, Policy and Society (formerly Social Foundations) develop interdisciplinary knowledge and a strong theoretical and empirical base for studying education, often in an international and comparative framework. Educational Administration programs are ranked in the top twenty programs nationwide; they develop students' capabilities and methods to solve real-world dilemmas in education. Higher Education programs develop our students' research skills and knowledge of the complex nature of the modern college/university, including its governance, financing, organization and the nature of the American college student. Doctoral students in the ECPS program can pursue academic concentrations in sociology of education and comparative education and draw on the resources of the Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education. Others, working with their faculty mentors, may design their degree programs to incorporate disciplinary coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Architecture and Planning.

As you learn about the many educational options available to you in the department and Graduate School of Education, please contact us with any additional questions that you may have.

Janina Brutt-Griffler
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

ELP Special Programs and Centers

Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education