University of Vermont

College of Education and Social Sciences

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Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Welcome to the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at UVM. The study of leadership and policy studies in education requires a complex understanding of educational institutions, politics, culture, change processes, and the needs of an increasingly diverse and global world. Central to our program is the belief that the study of leadership and policy studies requires building and sustaining communities of learning between practitioners and researchers and the communities they serve. We develop change agents who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Our program is nationally recognized and a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) including over 50 institutions of higher education across the United States. We are proud to offer both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Sarah M. Childs

Sarah M. Childs (Ed.D. Program)

Saludos! I am Sarah M. Childs, Assistant Director of the ALANA Student Center at UVM. In this position I focus most of my efforts on supporting the ALANA student community via programs, direct services and collaboration with colleges and departments across campus. Aside from my professional role, I am also a native of Tucson, ...

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Andrew Hudacs

Andrew Hudacs (Ed.D. Program)

Andrew Hudacs is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Vermont.  His research interests include rural schools and how K-16 public education prepares students for careers.  Other interests consist of policy analysis and organizational leadership to reduce socioeconomic ...

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Maria Mercedes Avila

Maria Mercedes Avila (Ph.D. Program)

Maria Mercedes Avila grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed a BA in English and a year-long Teaching as a Foreign Language (TELF) training program in the United Kingdom. She was sponsored to come to the U.S. to teach English as a Second Language and coordinate the first Family Literacy program for refugees and immigrants ...

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