Inspire and guide others for a greater good
The Educational Leadership concentration is part of the Leadership Psychology PsyD program at William James College. This concentration is designed for current school administrators (directors, principals, assistant principals, assistant superintendents) or others looking to advance their career in an educational setting and/or in consulting for schools and school districts. This concentration takes a deep dive into what it means to be a successful and visionary leader in pre-K-12 educational settings.
An effective leader is an individual with strong reflective abilities, emotional insight, and a secure sense of self. Modern leaders must be able to create a work culture that inspires employees; they must also be able to collaborate with a wide range of people who may think differently, including students, teachers, parents, community members, and peers. This program prepares leaders to examine issues from multiple perspectives and the resilience to withstand the inevitable emotional and political storms that are part of the dynamics of improvement.
The William James College approach pairs experiential learning with classes and study of organizational and leadership psychology to provide a practical hands-on experience. Throughout their education, students are actively engaged in putting into practice in the field what they’re learning in the classroom. The application of research linked to systems thinking and theories of change and how they apply to an educational context will prepare leaders and consultants for shaping schools of the future.
A Hybrid Program for Working Professionals
The Leadership Psychology PsyD program and the Educational Leadership concentration and/or area of emphasis are designed for working professionals and are primarily delivered online. On-site residencies at our campus in Newton, MA (just outside of Boston), require three 4-day residencies each year. These are scheduled in advance on Tuesday-Friday in the fall, spring and summer.
Students who choose to create an Area of Emphasis (5 -7 credits) or a Concentration (8 to 12 credits) in Educational Leadership concentration will choose from the following course options:Required Courses
Students must take each course for the concentration or area of emphasis.
- LP706 - The Crux of School Leadership - Managing Dilemmas, Paradoxes, and Complexity (credits: 2)
- LP707 - Shaping School Culture (credits: 2)
- LP708 - Leadership of Educational Institutions (credits: 2)
Students must choose at least one of the courses below to earn the concentration.
- LP787 - Multicultural and Inclusive Leadership (credits: 3)
- LP788 - DEI Facilitation and Interventions (credits: 3)
- LP913 - Promoting Community Resilience After Trauma (credits: 3)
- LP930 - Community Resilience After Trauma (credits: 2)
Students pursuing these specialties will benefit from completing fieldwork hours as well as doctoral project research within the emphasized area.