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Focus Areas

The faculty of the Organization and Leadership Program are pleased to offer the following three focus areas of study.

Contact the specific faculty member listed in each area below for additional information about that focus.


K-12 Instructional Leadership and Administrative Services Credential Program

K-12 instructional leadership focuses on the research and practice of leadership development, leadership for social justice, instructional leadership, and program development. Examples of courses include:

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  • Data-Based Decision Making for School Leaders
  • School, Community, and Society
  • Human Resources in Educational Management

Our programs are designed to train instructional leaders and to address the shortages of credentialed principals, superintendents, directors, and administrative personnel in San Francisco Bay Area schools. The curriculum weaves together current research with direct application to the field with a focus on creating school leaders for social justice.

Administrative Services Credential Options for Eligible Students

  • A reduced tuition rate is available for eligible students seeking a California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
  • Students may pursue the Administrative Services Credential as a value-added opportunity to enhance their skills and career pathways while enrolled in our master's or doctoral programs.

Those interested this focus area are encouraged to contact:

Christopher Thomas, Ph.D.
415-422-2042
cnthomas@usfca.edu

21st Century Leadership

The 21st Century Leadership focus is an opportunity to address practices and issues of concern to 21st-century leaders and their management of a diverse work force. Students will explore topics that have received attention in recent years, including different leadership styles, organizational change, work teams, global leadership, managing diversity, and ethical leadership. Examples of specific courses include:

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  • Leadership Theories
  • Leadership in Urban Context
  • Ethical Organization

Those interested in this focus area are encouraged to contact:

Patricia Mitchell, Ph.D.
415-422-2079
mitchell@usfca.edu

Dr. Patricia Mitchell has over three decades of experience working with school districts, major corporations, industry, religious organizations, training of teachers, designing curricula, conducting leadership workshops, and designing instructional materials. She has had extensive experience in all levels of public education, ranging from preschool through doctoral level teaching.

Higher Education Leadership

Higher education leadership prepares aspiring administrators, leaders, and scholars of higher education to work in college and university settings. This emphasis exposes students to the challenges facing higher education in light of rapidly changing social, political, and demographic contexts. Common themes throughout each class are;

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  1. issues of access and equity in post-secondary institutions and the experiences and problems facing under-represented groups; and
  2. complexities involved in transforming organizations and programs to achieve equitable outcomes for all students.

Course offerings include the following:

  • Race, Diversity, and Higher Education
  • Campus Environments and Cultures
  • American Institutions of Higher Education

Those interested in this focus area are encouraged to contact:

Christopher Thomas, Ph.D.
415-422-2042
cnthomas@usfca.edu


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