Conceptual Framework

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Each course responds to some aspect of the dimensions and roles below:




Dimensions The Leader... The Leader... The Leader...
  • Knows that integrity and character are necessary and non-negotiable.
  • Understands and applies leadership theory and evidence-based practice in complex environments.


  • Plans for ongoing change
  • Possesses the knowledge and skill to manage the change process.


  • Demonstrates effective, complex problem solving skills in working with multiple constituencies to address current issues and to plan for the future.
  • Possesses high emotional intelligence which builds interpersonal networks toward achievement of successful organizations.
  • Set high standards and expectations for inclusive, respectful behavior
  • Actively supports members of diverse populations
  • Effectively manages and provides resources to hire, support and retain a diverse workforce.
  • Creates a climate recognizing multiple contributions of diverse populations
  • Exhibits high standards and current knowledge of legal, moral, and ethical professional behavior
  • Acts  decisively in promoting diversity
  • Partners with external stakeholders to promote diversity within  the community
  • Applies research to assess and improve educational outcomes; monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the organization through multiple forms of data.
  • Effectively deploys fiscal and human resources to meet constituent goals; builds capacity and maximizes resources; and knows how to lead documentation of achievement and realize accountability in service of accreditation.
  • Exhibits deep, current, policy knowledge of program assessment for local and national accreditation, in order to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Exhibits knowledge and skill to operate in a clear, and transparent manner, with constituencies including the public and the media.
  • Is a master teacher; is able to model, coach, and lead instructional and curricular development.
  • Creates and/or fosters in others innovative problem solving strategies to support the improvement of educational practices.
  • Stays current on educational law and policy, including networking with prominent legislators and other local leaders.

Read more about the Student Learning Goals for the Ed.D. program.