Welcome to the Educational Administration and Leadership (EDAD) website.
We are proud to offer high quality skills, knowledge, and dispositions to promote high quality administration of PK-12 schools and school districts. The program prepares principals, special education directors, community education directors, superintendents, and district office personnel.
Your decision to pursue a degree will make you a member of a community of scholars who will learn together in preparation for the challenges of school leadership in dynamic political, social, and economic arenas.
We look forward to assisting you in achieving your educational and career goals.
We invite you to explore our site to discover how a St. Cloud State University graduate education can work for you in achieving your educational and career goals.
The Educational Administration & Leadership Doctoral Program is housed within the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education within the School of Education at St. Cloud State University.
The mission of the Educational Leadership and Higher Education (ELHE) department is to offer current and prospective students the opportunity to develop, advance, and apply learning in leadership roles as a PK-12 administrator (building or district), or as a college or university administrator. Each program seeks to recruit, retain, graduate, and display the skills, abilities, and dispositions required of educational leaders in a dynamic social, economic, and political global environment.
The mission of the educational administration and leadership program is to prepare educational leaders with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to efficiently and effectively lead educational organizations in today’s complex and evolving social, political, and economic environment. In part, this is accomplished through formal instruction, professional reflection and discourse, field experiences, and through collaboration with peers, professional organizations, and successful practicing school leaders.
Faculty from the educational administration and leadership program believe that social justice is both a process and a goal. The goal of our faculty is to promote the full and equal participation of all groups in a school organization with participation being mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of schools in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. We envision school organizations in which individuals are able to develop their full capacities and demonstrate interdependence. Social justice involves school leaders and faculty who have a sense of “the family of things” (climate/cultural status of their organizational environment) as well as a sense of social responsibility towards, and with, others and the society as a whole.