School of Leadership and Education Sciences

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers graduate programs in three departments: Leadership Studies, Learning and Teaching, and Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy. Our degree and credential programs prepare professionals to lead and serve in many different sectors of society as administrators, executives, therapists, professors, counselors, teachers, and educators. Our programs have met the high standards established by the following accrediting bodies: Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, Commission for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Council for Exceptional Children, and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

At the graduate level, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MA), Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership (MA), Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MA), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts in Counseling (MA), Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (MA), and a Doctorate in Leadership Studies (PhD). Please refer to subsequent pages for more information regarding these programs.

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences also offers credentials for teachers, counselors, administrators, and education specialists. Please contact the School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ Credential Analyst for more information.

In addition, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in the Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program (CTEP), Education minor, Leadership Studies minor, Nonprofit Social Enterprise & Philanthropy minor, Naval Sciences minor, Army ROTC program, Nonprofit Leadership and Management certificate program, and several special courses designed to meet the needs and interests of all undergraduates.  Please refer to the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for more information regarding these programs.

Vision Statement

We believe that education for human service must have as its foundation a vision of enhancing human dignity and the quality of life. To do so, human service professionals must focus on moral perspectives in their professional and community lives. The faculty and staff of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences seek to impart this vision to our students.

Mission Statement

It is our responsibility to prepare students with the professional knowledge, skills, and ethical perspectives they will need for effective leadership and practice in a diverse society. We seek to become, and encourage our students to become, life-long learners engaged in scholarly inquiry, research, and professional development. We value professional and community service and encourage such service by our students.

To implement our mission, the faculty enriches all programs and course offerings with the values, concepts, and themes that we believe will help students become ethical, civic-minded and committed leaders in their chosen fields.

Internationalization Experience Requirement

School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) students are required to complete an international experience to graduate. SOLES recognizes that students are living in a global society and they need to understand how other countries and cultures approach the issues and concepts in their program areas. The internationalization experience will strengthen students in their current lives and future careers. Each program has identified specific ways in which its students can meet the internationalization requirement, including participation in a global study course offered through the SOLES Global Center. Students should check with their respective program/department for more information on options for satisfying the SOLES International Experience Requirement. Please note: Beginning in Summer 2011, courses with an “I” designation following the course number are courses that satisfy this requirement.

Centers and Institutes

  • Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research
  • Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL)
  • Character Education Resource Center
  • Compass Family Center
  • Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA)
  • Global Center
  • Hansen Summer Institute
  • Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education
  • Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research
  • Leadership Institute
  • Manchester Family Child Development Center (MFCDC)
  • Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC)

Academic Degree Programs, Credentials and Certificates

Doctoral Degree

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers one Doctor of Philosophy degree in Leadership Studies. The degree requires the successful completion of a dissertation. This is a 54-unit program that allows students to develop their chosen career goals.

Master’s Degrees

The master’s programs in SOLES prepare qualified professional personnel in education and related areas through a sequence of graduate work that includes field and laboratory experiences as well as coursework. The School of Leadership and Education Sciences grants two master’s degrees: the Master of Arts (MA) and the Master of Education (MEd). Each program requires a specified minimum number of graduate credits and most require the successful completion of an action research project, a comprehensive examination, a culminating curriculum project, thesis, or a portfolio. There is no foreign language requirement.

Credential Programs

USD’s credential programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students should see their advisors for specific requirements regarding each credential. It is possible to combine credential programs with a degree program. Students should check with their respective program/department for more information. All PK-12 education programs in SOLES are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Certificate Programs

SOLES offers a variety of certificate programs designed to enhance students’ professional learning. Please see your academic advisor or program director for details about certificates currently being offered.

Transfer of Credit

Students may transfer up to six appropriate master’s-level units taken at an accredited and approved institution within the past five years into a 30-44 unit program, up to nine units into a program requiring 45 or more units, and up to 12 units into a PhD program, with the approval of the advisor and program director/department chair, Associate Dean and clearance by the Office of the Registrar.

Reservation of the Right to Modify

Every effort has been made to provide current and accurate information in the description of doctoral, master’s degree and credential programs. However, we reserve the right to change program requirements. Students should confer with their advisors and the credential analyst to ensure progress toward their degrees and/or credentials.



Nicholas Ladany, PhD, DEAN



TBD, ASSISTANT DEAN, Accreditation and Assessment

Vlad Bolsakov, MBA, ASSISTANT DEAN, Finance and Administration

Kevin Dooley, BA, DIRECTOR, Development

Corinna Lewis, BA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Communication and Marketing

Amanda Corona, MA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Student and Alumni Relations

Lea Hubbard, PhD, CHAIR, Leadership Studies

Maya Kalyanpur, PhD, CHAIR, Learning and Teaching

Ann Garland, PhD, CHAIR, Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy

Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hodgdon, USA, PROFESSOR, Military Science

Captain Brian Clapp, USA, Professor, Military Science

Captain Edwin Kaiser, USN, MA, CHAIR, Naval Science

Commander Steve Dickerson, USN, MS, EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Naval Science

Peggy Hetherington, MS, DIRECTOR, Field Experience, Counseling Program

Todd Edwards, PhD, DIRECTOR, Marital and Family Therapy Program

Helene T. Mandell, EdD, DIRECTOR, Field Experiences, Learning and Teaching

Michele McConnell, MEd, COORDINATOR, MEd Online

Cheryl Getz, EdD, DIRECTOR, Leadership Minor

Emily Young, PhD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Institute

Laura Deitrick, PhD, DIRECTOR, Caster Center and Program Specialist

Mary Jo Schumann, PhD, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Caster Center

Heather Lattimer, EdD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education

Edward DeRoche, PhD, DIRECTOR, Character Education Resource Center

Teresa VanHorn, MA, DIRECTOR, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and COORDINATOR, Leadership Studies Minor

Jacqueline Kennedy, MA, DIRECTOR, Manchester Family Child Development Center

Lorri Sulpizio, PhD, DIRECTOR, Leadership Institute


Sergio E. Rodriguez, MA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING, Learning and Teaching

Sonya Mohamed, MEd, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING, Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy


Viviana Alexandrowicz, PhD

Donna Barnes, PhD

Sandy Buczynski, PhD

Wendell Callahan, PhD

Erika Nash Cameron, PhD

Paula A. Cordeiro, EdD

Laura Deitrick, PhD

Robert Donmoyer, PhD

Todd M. Edwards, PhD

Ana U. Estrada, PhD

James Fabionar, PhD

Fred Galloway, EdD

Ann Garland, PhD

Cheryl Getz, EdD

Nedeljko Golubovic, PhD

Zachary Green, PhD

Kristopher G. Hall, PhD

C. Bobbi Hansen, EdD

Nancy Hanssen, MEd

Lea Hubbard, PhD

Rebekka Jez, EdD

Maya Kalyanpur, PhD

Nicholas Ladany, PhD

Marcus Lam, PhD

Heather Lattimer, EdD

Florencia Lebensohn-Chialvo, PhD

Mary Lyons, PhD

Ian Martin, EdD

Sarina Molina, EdD

Theresa Monroe, RSCJ, EdD

Afsaneh Nahavandi, PhD

Christopher Newman, PhD

Jo Ellen Patterson, PhD

Reyes Quezada, EdD

Lonnie L. Rowell, PhD

Hans Peter Schmitz, PhD

Joi A. Spencer, PhD

Suzanne Stolz, PhD

Teresa VanHorn, MA

Lee Williams, PhD

Susan Zgliczynski, PhD