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Learning to Lead – Doctoral Program Launches New Concentration in Higher Ed Leadership

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Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … This fall Hofstra University’s doctoral program in Educational and Policy Leadership (EPL) is introducing a new concentration in higher education. The program is committed to preparing reflective leaders for complex educational organizations in diverse, multicultural environments. The EPL’s existing concentration in Pre-K-12 settings has produced graduates currently holding leadership positions in more than 90 local and regional school districts.

Mónica Byrne-Jiménez, Ed.D., associate professor of Educational & Policy Leadership and the doctoral program director, said, ““One of the reasons we wanted the higher education track was to be able to focus on the K-20 pipeline rather than just K-12, and in that way prepare leaders who understand the whole scope of the educational trajectory.”

The EPL program provides the intellectual foundation, the opportunity for reflection through both cognitive and aesthetic experience, and the experiential approach that is necessary to prepare creative, flexible, visionary leaders. The program develops skills necessary to conceptualize and analyze, appreciate and construct, interpret and integrate knowledge for the purpose of social transformation.

EPL doctoral students develop habits of critical questioning and the reflective means for evaluating individual and organizational effectiveness.  This includes the ability to examine educational issues through multiple perspectives; to manipulate organizational structures for the purpose of improving education; and to practice deliberate, informed leadership.

Applications for the Ed.D. in Educational and Policy Leadership are reviewed throughout the year on a rolling basis. For more information on the program, including admission, program and examination requirements, please contact Dr. Byrne-Jimenez at 516-463-5763 or by email at

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