UW-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis ACADEMICS

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Main Office

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
School of Education
253 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-3106
Fax: 608/265-3135

Email: elpa@education.wisc.edu
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Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to create, evaluate, exchange, and apply knowledge about leadership, learning, and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in a diverse and changing world.

To fulfill this mission, the Department offers programs leading to PhD, Master's and Certification in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with a focus on leadership for learning for all students.

The department's research and program strands are:

   Educational Policy  
   K12 Educational Leadership 
   Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education Leadership   














Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis Programs                  EducBldg_extr_doors10_7633


  Program Plans and Other Forms  


            Qualifying Exam
            Preliminary Exam
            Final Oral Exam

    Wisconsin Idea Executive Ph.D. Cohort 

   Master's Degree



   Global Higher Education Master's Degree 


   Educational Specialist Certificate 


   K12 Leadership Certification Program 

             Portfolio Requirement
             Field Experience 
             PDP (DPI Professional Development Plan)
             Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Licensure

   Graduate Credit Requirements 

  • minimum graduate residence credit requirement
  • minimum graduate degree credit requirement
  • minimum graduate course work (50%) requirement
  • maximum credits per term
  • prior course work requirement


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