Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Educational Leadership, Policy and Justice


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Dr. Emiola Oyefuga image“This program inspires you to have a vision of leadership grounded in social justice and equity; you dig into research and policy, and begin to question everything based on this lens, and this ignites your passion to change the status quo.”

- Emiola Oyefuga, Ph.D. '20

The educational leadership, policy and justice concentration is designed to cultivate educational scholars and leaders who will advance scholarship, policy and practice related to equity and social justice.

Drawing on an interdisciplinary study of leadership and policy, the program promotes an understanding of the many societal and organizational impediments to equal educational opportunity.

This concentration is directed not only toward identifying and analyzing those injustices, but also toward imagining, researching and creating more equitable, inclusive schools and societies through leadership and policy. The dissertation is a rigorous culminating tool for research, advocacy and change within educational organizations and endeavors. Graduates will be prepared to lead for equity in K-12 organizations, higher education, research and policy think tanks or local, state and federal policymaking institutions.

Curriculum requirements

The Ph.D. in education, concentration in educational leadership, policy and justice requires a minimum of 60 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Ph.D. in education, concentration in educational leadership, policy and justice »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

The VCU Holmes Scholars Program is a selective program that provides accepted doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups with resources and professional development to best position them for tenure track faculty positions in high (R2) and very high (R1) research universities. Our cross-disciplinary scholars create a network that leverages the collective and individual strengths of each member to maximize their VCU School of Education program. Learn more about how we live our values through the Holmes program!

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