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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.

Monica McEnerny

Monica McEnerny (Ed.D. Program)

Monica McEnerny became a middle level educator in 2000 after earning her master’s degree in education at Castleton State.  Now an education professor at Castleton, she is pursuing her Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies.  Monica’s research interests concern resilience for adolescents, parents, and teachers.  ...

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Kelly Mancini Becker

Kelly Mancini Becker (Ed.D. Program)

Kelly Mancini Becker is working towards an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis on arts integration, kinesthetic learning, and arts advocacy and policy.  She received a BM from Catholic University and an MA from Brown University. After performing professionally, Kelly taught in a variety of public and ...

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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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