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Department of Educational Leadership

Guided by the values of discernment, continuous improvement, care of the whole person, social justice, democratic ideals and service to others, the educational leadership department is dedicated to cultivating future scholar-practitioners.

The Department of Educational Leadership’s program graduates a community of learners who aspire to engage in education reform and transformational leadership by informing practical experience with theoretical knowledge in a variety of settings, including local, national and international schools and organizations. Our future leaders are committed to leading with mind, hope and heart. Our mission inspires living our best self in alignment with Jesuit ideals.


Explore Our Department

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Faculty members are experts in both theory and practice and have national and state reputations in research, community engagement and teaching.


Doctoral Degree


The Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL) creates leaders who are focused on inclusive cultures, social justice and equity-minded change. Four core values — community, academic expectations and cura personalis, scholar-practitioner and social justice — ground our work.

Our graduates have completed dissertations on a number of important topics including the achievement gap, student-athlete experience and childhood bullying. Our department also hosts an annual conference featuring research presentations and panels and table discussions led by education leaders and experts. 

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Department News

The Jesuit principles that I learned and internalized at Saint Joseph’s give me an outlook on the barriers faced in urban public education as opportunities for me to be transformative and make a difference.”

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Nyshawana Francis-Thompson '17

deputy chief of curriculum and instruction, School District of Philadelphia

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