Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

The Florida State University Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is focused on educational improvement at all levels. The department offers educational programs on interdisciplinary perspectives that shape theory and inform practice at the local, state, national and global levels. Through collaboration, innovative approaches, and a commitment to partnerships, we engage in research that shapes both policy and practice. We prepare scholars and leaders committed to using critical inquiry and research evidence to create learning environments focused on excellence and social change. 


We offer the following degree and certificate programs (* denotes online option):

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    • “FSU’s Higher Education program has been very beneficial to my development as a future student affairs professional. The faculty in the program bring a vast amount of knowledge and theory to the classroom and challenge us to think critically as we apply that knowledge to the work that we do. Everything we learn in the classroom comes to life as I gain more experience in the profession.” - Daniel McBurney, M.S. ‘18

    • “The Higher Education Ph.D. program at Florida State University has stretched me intellectually and helped me discover my research focus. I’ve delved deeper into the extant literature of this field, critically examining the nexus between theory, policy, and practice. This process could not happen without dedicated faculty who are committed to developing future researchers.” - Dante L. Pelzer, Ph.D. ‘17



Check out the videos below to learn more about our faculty research: