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Educational Leadership

Our programs—School Counseling, Student Affairs Administration, Educational Administration, and the Doctor of Education in Leadership Program—are for impassioned and inspired leaders who want to change education institutions from the inside out. Whether you are becoming a school leader for the first time or continuing a decades-long career, you will make lifelong connections with peers founded on a shared sense of calling to the field of education and a commitment to serve whole communities.

Graduates of the Lewis & Clark Department of Educational Leadership serve as school counselors, assistant principals, principals, program coordinators, and district office administrators in k-12 schools, as well as student affairs professionals in higher ed settings—improving schools by working on behalf of every student.

Our programs emphasize socially just responses to the changing nature of our schools and are focused on the work you’ll be doing every day as a leader, whether you are a counselor or an administrator.

In our programs you will learn to:

  • Advocate for all students
  • Work in collaboration with school staff, parents, peers, and the community
  • Use data-based decision-making as the means for improving schools
  • Share leadership responsibilities to support systemic change  

We seek to prepare confident individuals who embrace the challenges facing our schools.  Collaboration and dialogue centered around scholarship, inquiry, and self-knowledge serve as the foundations of our programs.  Our faculty members are experts with deep ties to the field and advocates who are sensitive to the need for professional flexibility in your own growth and development as a leader.  The curriculum is continually updated to integrate timely issues with a balance between theory and practice.


November 28th, 2017

  • Image preview 4:30pm - 6:30pm: Educational Leadership Info Session (all programs!)
    The Educational Leadership department in the Graduate School at Lewis & Clark College is hosting an informal gathering and information session for prospective students at Ya Hala restaurant at 8005 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR, 97215.

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