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Department of Educational Leadership

Hooding CeremonyWelcome to the Department of Educational Leadership.  Our faculty and staff hold the development and success of our students as the essential reason for the work we are called to do at Indiana State University.  Teaching is the fundamental tool of our rapport and work with students. Practical orientation and engaged learning provides the creative opportunity to apply theory to practice, to understand the conceptual foundation for our work, and to create new learning. We recognize that many of our students, who have come to serve as school administrators, college administrators, and leaders in both the public and private sectors, speak more to our success and ability than any one resume that we proclaim for ourselves.

Though the first two candidates awarded our Ph.D. in Education Administration was awarded in 1970, and Indiana State University and the College of Education established Education Administration as an area of graduate study as far back as 1971, the Department of Educational Administration was not officially established until 1982. 

Since that time, we have offered courses using a variety of delivery methods such as on-campus, distance education, Internet, hybrid, and we will continue to offer modified course settings to best fit today’s practitioners and students.

Each of our administrative programs are unique and are consistently updating and changing with the times, whether it is due to current laws, standards or even technology, the department’s faculty and staff are continuously working with new research and service activities that will benefit our program and our current and future students.

Our singular mission is to prepare today's practicing and promising educator to be tomorrow's complete administrative professional.


We aspire to be the premier program in the preparation of working professionals for administrative leadership in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education.


  • A scholar-practitioner orientation
  • Program access for the working professional
  • Varied course delivery (i.e., interactive television, Internet, and face-to-face)
  • Cohort approach to learning
  • Curriculum built around problems and opportunities for field-based experience and future practice
  • Anchored by the disciplines of educational foundations
  • Faculty engaged in a range of scholarly and service activities at the state, regional, national, and international levels
  • Collaboration with practicing professionals


A commitment to:

  • Quality programs and standards of excellence
  • Diverse PK-16 administrative ranks by providing access for underrepresented groups
  • Curriculum immersed in diverse perspectives
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Collaboration in teaching, scholarship, and service among faculty and students
  • Continuous programmatic and curricular improvement 

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Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Department of Educational Leadership University Hall, Rm 211G Bayh College of Education Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN 47809