About Our Programs
Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL)
The Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL) consists of the following areas of academic concentrations:
- Higher Education Administration Program (HEAP)
- Community College Leadership Program (CCLP)
The objective of the Higher Education Administration Program (HEAP) concentration is to prepare, train and educate students to become leaders in the administration of colleges and universities, scholars who can bring about greater understanding of higher education, and teachers who can pass on knowledge of the past and equip students with the ability to work with an ever-changing higher education environment in the future.
The Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) concentration is conceptualized as a program to enhance and develop those competencies, skills, proficiencies, and attributes that are required to effectively lead a successful college with what many perceive as a mission impossible (access with excellence).
Public School Executive Leadership (PSEL)
The Public School Executive Leadership (PSEL) program is committed, in all of its program area concentrations, to leadership that facilitates the development of schools that create the conditions for academic high performance for literally all children from pre-k to 12th grade. The Public School Executive Leadership unit consists of the following academic concentrations:
- Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP)
- Educational Policy and Planning Program (EPP)
- Principalship Program (PRIN)
The Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP) concentration develops superintendents committed to high performance for all children district wide.
The Educational Policy and Planning Program (EPP) concentration develops policy analysts and researchers with this same commitment.
The Principalship Program (PRIN) concentration develops similar leadership at the campus level.
In addition, in all of these endeavors, PSEL is committed to state and national leadership in the advocacy for high academic performance for all children, regardless of their differences.
If you wish to take graduate-level coursework without becoming a candidate for an advanced degree you may apply for admission as a non-degree graduate student in this department. You must hold a bachelor's degree in order to be eligible for non-degree status. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores are not required.
All non-degree applicants must meet the program requirements and application deadline. Note that program deadlines vary between programs and may differ from GIAC's deadline. See program requirements and deadlines above.
Admission must be recommended by the Department and approved by the graduate dean. Enrollment as a non-degree graduate student is limited to six hours of coursework. These six hours of credit can be used toward a future degree in this department, if the student applies and is subsequently offered admission as a degree-seeking student.
If you are admitted as a non-degree student and decide to seek a graduate degree in our department at a future date, you must apply for the next admission cycle. Admission as a non-degree student does not guarantee future admission as a degree-seeking student.
For more information, please see the Admission as a Non-Degree Graduate Student page on the Graduate School's website.