The Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and the School of Education and Human Development offer a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy. This doctoral degree program is a partnership between the Policy, Planning and Management Program within the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and the Educational Leadership Program within the School of Education and Human Development under the College of Management and Human Service. It is a post-master's 45 credit hour cohort program designed for experienced educational leaders, who seek to further their academic credentials with a doctoral degree. The program integrates courses in public policy, educational policy and leadership, and dissertation research. Through the program, educational leaders develop the policy and research skills to influence educational policy and practice.

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Dissertations from 2021

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The Influence of Social-Emotional Learning in High School Advisory Programs on Student Engagement and Success, Christina Louise O'Neal PhD

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Understanding the Perspectives of First-Generation 4-H Members, Kristy Lee Ouellette PhD

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Without a Map: An Examination of District Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis, Megan E. Welter PhD

Dissertations from 2020

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Learning the Ropes: A case study of the onboarding process for newly elected city councilors, Casey T. Gilbert

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"Academic Languages Isn't Easy": English Learners' Perceptions of Learning in High School, Clara Jean Howard

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The Economic Impacts of School Closure in Rural Maine, Heather Perry

Dissertations from 2019

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Navigating the obstacles of college transition: student perceptions of advising offered in the context of a community-college success course, Michele Charon Pavitt PhD

Crafting the Experience of Online Education: Student and Faculty Perceptions of Quality, Paul Cochrane PhD

Understanding the Outcomes From Boots to Books: A Study of the Higher Education Experiences of Student Veterans, Vincent Kloskowski III

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An Examination of How Middle School Principals Make Sense of Their Role in Leading Standards Based Educational Reform, Barbara J. Maling CAS, MA

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Addressing Critical Shortages: An Examination of Supports For Early Career Special Educators in Maine, Diane R. Nadeau CAS, MS

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Leadership of Heart and Mind: Examining the Mind and Skill Sets of Student Sustainability Leadership, Holly E. Parker MEd

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The Effects of Grading Practices on Motivations for Learning at the Middle School Level, Justin D. Stebbins MS

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An Examination of the Relationship Between the Achievement of Students with High Incidence Disabilities and Maine State Compliant Standards-Based Individualized Educational Programs, Jessica A. Yates CAS, MS