Adult Learning

Department Head

Professor Jennifer E. McGarry

Professors

Cobb, Green, Schwab

Associate Professor

Bell, Burton, Donaldson, Grenier, Kehrhahn

Assistant Professors

Castillo-Montoya, Cooper, Dougherty, Fernández, Rincón, Weiner, Woulfin

Extension Professor

Saunders

Assistant Professor in Residence

Femc-Bagwell, Gonzales

Assistant Research Professor

LeChasseur

Clinical Faculty

Evanovich, Michno

Graduate programs in the Department of Educational Leadership lead to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the field of Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy and to the degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in the field of Educational Leadership. In addition, a Master of Arts is offered in Adult Learning, Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA), and Educational Administration. A Master of Science is offered in Sport Management. The Neag School of Education also confers a Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning and Online Graduate Certificates in Leadership and Diversity in Sport Management and School Law. The Department of Educational Leadership offers a Sixth-Year Certificate in Educational Administration—University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) and offers the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) for preparing future superintendents. Students should consult the statement under Education for information pertaining to admission requirements and special facilities available in the Neag School of Education.

The Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy Ph.D. offers three concentrations in (a) Adult Learning, (b) Leadership and Policy, and (c) Sport Management. These three concentration areas provide Ph.D. students with the opportunity to link their professional and academic goals to scholarship, faculty resources, and curriculum that are designed to meet their interests in adult learning, educational leadership, education policy, and sport management. With one concentration primarily focusing on learning theory, one on theories of policy and leadership, and one on management theories students can maintain distinct academic identities while simultaneously applying lenses of social justice and organizational change to their work in and with complex organizations. The Ph.D. program is foremost a research degree designed for those who aspire to conduct and critically apply research in their careers. Students pursuing this degree take on roles as faculty members, researchers, government employees, policy scholars, or organizational leaders. For additional information: http://llep.education.uconn.edu/.   Major advisors are S. Bell, L. Burton, C. Cobb, J. Cooper, M. Donaldson, S. Dougherty, E. Fernández, P. Green, R. Grenier, M. Kehrhahn, K. LeChasseur, J. McGarry, B. Rincón, J. Weiner, and S. Woulfin.

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is intended to address the need for visionary educational leaders. Students in this cohort program are currently employed professionals seeking a terminal degree that combines theory, problem solving, and skill development to change and enhance the work of educational organizations. Course work focuses on the critical analysis of problems of practice and covers issues of policy, leadership, social justice and equity, organizational and adult learning, and research methods. UConn’s Ed.D. is an inquiry-based program that capitalizes on one of the most powerful learning forums available to full-time professional educators—their work settings. Throughout the program, these settings become “laboratories of practice” in which participants inquire into problems of practice. The culminating project is a Capstone in which each student designs and engages in research on a problem facing the education system. Classes meet at times designed to accommodate working professionals. For additional information: http://edlead.education.uconn.edu/. Major advisors are C. Cobb, M. Donaldson, S. Dougherty, E. Fernández, P. Green, K. LeChasseur, B. Rincón, J. Weiner, and S. Woulfin.

The M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) is designed to prepare students for professional careers in various higher education and student affairs positions. This full-time, two-year, cohort-based academic program combines traditional instruction with graduate assistantships and practicum experience. For additional information http://hesa.uconn.edu/. Major advisors are M. Castillo-Montoya and B. Rincón

The M.A. in Adult Learning prepares individuals to assess the learning needs of adults, groups, and organizations, design supportive learning environments and systems, facilitate activities to optimize learning, and evaluate outcomes at individual and organizational levels. Graduates can apply the skills and knowledge they develop in the M.A. program to a wide variety of contexts, such as workplace training and development, higher education, and non-profits. They are able to make decisions about how to best support adult learning, organizational learning, and human resource development using current theory and evidence-based best practices. For additional information http://adult.education.uconn.edu/. Major advisors are S. Bell, R. Grenier, and M. Kehrhahn

The Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning is a 12-credit program for students who are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in workplace learning and learning in professional practice. For additional information http://adult.education.uconn.edu/. Major advisors are S. Bell, R. Grenier, and M. Kehrhahn

The Master of Science in Sport Management prepares students in the theoretical, research, and applied dimensions of this field of study. The M.S. degree in Sport Management requires students to select a thesis, capstone project or internship option. The thesis option consists of 24 credit hours (8 courses) of course work and 9 credit hours of thesis research. The internship and capstone project options consists of 27 credit hours (9 courses), a comprehensive exam and a 6 credit internship or capstone project following the completion of all course work. Major advisors are L. Burton, J. Cooper, and J. McGarry.

UConn’s Leadership and Diversity in Sport Management Online Graduate Certificate provides students with an in-depth understanding of the process of leadership within a sport context and helps them to develop the leadership skills needed to manage a diverse workforce in sport organizations. Students will be immersed in the process of leadership (including theory and practice), engage in the development of diversity management practices, and work with faculty at UConn who have leadership and diversity management expertise. This program will also link students with recognized leaders in the field and provide hands-on projects to help them enhance their leadership skills, with a focus on leading a diverse workforce. For additional information http://sportmanagement.uconn.edu/. Major advisors are L. Burton, J. Cooper, and J. McGarry.

UConn’s School Law Online Graduate Certificate, a 12-Credit program for K-12 Professionals, cuts through the legalese to help educators, administrators, and policy makers understand the dimensions of K-12 education. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to ensure that educational practices in the classroom, school, or district comply with state (generally applicable to all states) and federal statutes and regulations and case law. For additional information http://schoollaw.uconn.edu/.

The Sixth-Year Certificate Program in Educational Administration – University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) – is an administrator certification program. UCAPP offers three distinct, cohort-based principal preparation models. Cohorts consist of students from various geographic regions across the state. For additional information http://ucapp.education.uconn.edu/. Director of Educational Leadership Preparation Programs: R. Gonzales.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) which is designed to provide aspiring individuals outstanding preparation for assuming the school superintendency and other central office positions. This cohort-based program is completed within 12-13 months and meets on dates designed to accommodate working professionals. This is a non-degree program that leads to endorsement for the Connecticut 093 (superintendency) certificate. Selected courses are eligible for transfer to UConn’s Ed.D. program with the approval of the student’s advisory committee. For additional information http://executive.education.uconn.edu/. Director and major advisor: R. Villanova, Director of Educational Leadership Preparation Programs: R. Gonzales

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