Department of Educational Administration, Foundations, and Research


The Department of Educational Leadership offers graduate programs that are designed to assist students in developing leadership skills that are essential for effective leaders in today's K-12 schools, and for educators who are interested in becoming administrators or leaders in other educational agencies.  The department offers six advanced leadership degrees.

Our mission is to prepare courageous, responsive, and reflective leaders who will guide educational communities to excellence and sustain schools in which all candidates and staff members effectively utilize their minds and hearts.

Note:  JSU doctoral students were acknowledged by Jackson Public School District Superintendent Cedric Gray for demonstrating their committment to professional growth by attending every district Board meeting for the 2013-2014 school year.  Dr. Mitchell Shears, Executive Director for Elementary Schools and Superintendent Gray are pictured here with the students.