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.

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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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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Beth White

Beth White (Ph.D. Program)

As the oldest in a strong-minded farming family from northern Vermont, I was instilled with a hearty work ethic, an insatiable curiosity, and drive for constant improvement.  I have questions about why education often squelches children's intrinsic curiosity and why public school is becoming more and more uninspiring and ...

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