Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Independent School Leadership

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Propel your students and institutions forward

Mercer University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership with a concentration in independent school leadership prepares candidates to become leaders in P-12 independent schools by helping them grow in their ability to make decisions that propel both their students and their institutions forward. Candidates in the program integrate research and service to solve real-world challenges, both in the classroom and beyond.

The mission of the Educational Leadership program is to promote the acquisition and development of skills, values, and motivation for growth in leadership positions, thereby improving the entire educational segment of society. These leaders will be knowledgeable in the foundations of educational thought, as well as in the science, craft, and art of leadership.

Expand your knowledge

Through program curriculum, candidates will gain knowledge in:

  • Understanding the importance of education in society and of the significance of leaders and the effects they have on society
  • Skills required for successful careers in leadership in schools, colleges and universities, corporations, and other educational agencies
  • Seeking continuous development throughout their careers by becoming self-initiating professionals who build upon knowledge of inquiry and motivation to renew their skills

Designed for busy and working adults

Mercer’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership is offered in a convenient, blended weekend format and new cohorts begin once per year in May. Classes are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online meetings with three Saturday, in-person sessions per semester. Saturday seminars meet on Mercer’s Atlanta campus from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a midday break. In addition to the regular class sessions, students have the opportunity for individual advising and consultation with faculty via a variety of formats. Classes are taken sequentially over 11 semesters in eight-week and 16-week terms.

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Meet Our Faculty

Mercer’s Tift College of Education is supported by faculty and staff who devote themselves to preparing students to become transforming educators within their communities and throughout the world.