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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Cyrus Patten

Cyrus Patten (Ed.D. Program)

Cyrus is a local nonprofit leader specializing in complex system change.  A Vermont native, he earned his bachelors (2006) and masters (2009) degrees in Social Work from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where he specialized in community organizing.  His research areas include system change, creative funding ...

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Goma Mabika

Goma Mabika (Ph.D. Program)

Mabika is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the Republic of Congo. He has taught English as a Second language for six years in high school in his home country. He came to the US in 2010 as a Fulbright grantee and went to Lehigh University for a Masters of Arts in Comparative and International ...

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