CMU creates new doctoral program, welcomes first class of students

Class of 15 will study educational policy and social justice
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Central Michigan University is introducing a doctoral program that will offer students the opportunity to discuss and analyze educational policy. The new Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership program will incorporate critical thinking, research and policy analysis to prepare students for careers in research, lobbying, policymaking, and school and college administration.

Frim Ampaw, the program director, says the new program will evaluate national educational policies with an emphasis on social justice and change, incorporating theoretical research.

“Our students will be studying policies such as No Child Left Behind,” Ampaw said. “We’ll look at what these policies intended to do, how they have worked and how they could be better.”

Ampaw says the purpose of the educational leadership program is to develop critical understanding of knowledge claims, culture and policy, and to work toward social change. Students will work closely with faculty members to develop mentorships on their research interests.

The first class of 15 students will be comprised of K-12 program administrators, college administrators and recent graduate students. To accommodate the class, primarily made up of working professionals, the program offers classes at night and on the weekends.

Students will learn from eight faculty members whose research topics include higher education policy and finance, international education and intercultural competencies, and K-12 educational law and policy issues.

Ampaw says the new doctoral program will address the needs of students who are interested in practical experience with theoretical concepts and a research base.

“We needed a program that appealed to students who wanted to know more about the research and administration of education,” Ampaw said. “The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership program does just that. We’re excited to get started.”

Applications are being accepted through April 1, 2014. Classes are scheduled to begin in August 2014. For more information on the program and to access the application, click here.