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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Educational Leadership & Policy Studies offers comprehensive Masters, Educational Specialist, and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees as well as numerous professional development opportunities. All ELPS' academic programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education and accredited by both the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Faculty and students have active national and international agendas, engage in partnership activities within local schools, and serve as principal investigators on multiple federal, state and university grants. In addition, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies faculty host a leading national journal, The Journal of Case Studies in Educational Leadership.

The program is now accepting applications for the following programs:

Summer Term, 2017
Ed.S.   February 15, 2017
Fall Term, 2017
Ph.D.   April 1, 2017
M.Ed.   June 1, 2017
Spring Term, 2018
Program   Apply By
M.Ed.   October 15, 2017

For Admission/Application questions contact Lisa Adkins via email:

Program questions can be directed to:

Dr. Joyce Haines for the M.Ed.

Dr. Bill Black for the Ed.S. and Ph.d.


Our mission is to prepare compassionate, ethically-centered, public intellectuals to become critical and transformative leaders committed to social justice in America’s schools. 


The primary instructional methods used to achieve our purposes are collaborative inquiry, culturally relevant pedagogy, and public deliberation that address historical and perennial issues confounding public education in our nation. We expect our faculty and students to make value-added contributions to national, state, district and school-level policy; and, to utilize purposeful inclusive practices that lead to social justice and learning for all. 


Social Justice: Faculty and students advocate for inclusive, democratic, and just schools, institutions, communities, and society.

Mutual Respect: Faculty and students advocate for collegiality, collaboration, and ethical practice based upon integrity and mutual respect for both scholarship and practice. 

Research-Based Inquiry: Faculty and students advocate for conducting and fostering research that informs and strengthens leadership in education.

Direct Engagement: Faculty and students advocate for direct engagement with individual schools, districts, state and local communities and agencies to shape the direction and quality of education provided to all.

Authenticity: Faculty and students advocate for authentic, engaging, and problem-based leadership that addresses changing conditions in leadership and education.


  • Promote the development of multi-dimensional collaborative partnerships to improve professional practice. 
  • Achieve national and international recognition for departmental research, teaching, external funding, and service activities. 
  • Increase scholarly productivity among faculty and employment opportunities for students.


Mailing Address

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

4202 E. Fowler Ave,

Tampa, Fl 33620-5650

Mail Point: EDU 105

Telephone: 813 974 3463

Fax: 813 974 5423

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