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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Joi Spencer, PhD, ASSOCIATE DEAN
Linda N. Dews, MSEd, ASSISTANT 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
Beth Garofalo, MEd, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP PROGRAMMING, Leadership Studies
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