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Mission and Goals

The mission of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership is to prepare professionals to make valuable, cutting-edge contributions in a variety of academic leadership roles and settings. Through facilitated research, professional activities, and especially through the implementation of the curriculum, faculty members are committed to providing you the opportunity to:


  1. Expand your professional knowledge and understanding of counseling and educational theory.
  2. Extend your mastery of research and its application to strategic problem-solving.
  3. Strengthen your commitment to professional service and ethical decision-making.

In pursuit of its mission, the program serves the following program goals:

  • To develop critical and reflective thinking to facilitate institutional problem-solving and school or college improvement.
  • To nurture effective and ethical professional leadership at the college-, school-, district- or unit-level.
  • To strengthen the research, analytical and communication skills necessary for professional decision-making.
  • To strengthen content knowledge in a specialty area.
  • To promote public service and ethical leadership in professional and community settings.

"The learning environment and the facilities at UC PA are the best around and it makes learning so much ..."

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– Kevin Caddell
PA Program Student

"UC does an excellent job of bringing students from the virtual world together in a cohesive class unit."

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– Jennifer Kincaid
Assistant Principal
MAED Program Student

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– April Templeton
MBA graduate

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– Suzanne Benninger
PA Program Student

"I enjoyed the quality of the materials and the instructors. The knowledge I gained will help me in my business."

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– Eric Greer
Founder & President
CIS

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– Mark Steely
Coordinator of Radiology and Radiation Safety Officer
Baptist Regional Medical Center

"UC provided me with the tools and professional network of individuals to lead our school district in South Carolina."

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– David O’Shields
Superintendent
Laurens County School District

"The MAED program was a very comprehensive and robust experience that definitely added value to ..."

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– Nathan Smith
Elementary School Teacher

"The MBA program fit my busy lifestyle. I was able to attend MBA classes and do the assigned work all ..."

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– Pam Jones
Controller
Baptist Regional Medical Center

"Enrolling in the University of the Cumberlands’ MBA program was a rewarding and valuable investment ..."

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– Brooklyn Hooker
Accountant
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

"The MBA program has given me an opportunity to further my education while working a full-time job."

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– Desrick Jones
Assistant Manager
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

"I believe that UC is making great strides toward becoming one of the best online programs."

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– Benjamin Clayton
MACS Program

"The Rank 1 program at UC provides a broad array of avenues for enhancing our roles as educators."

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– Elizabeth Stack
Teacher

"Being part of the new era of technology allows UC to be a great learning institution as well as versatile."

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– Lesley Tipton
PA Program Student

"The online program at UC has allowed me to further my education while maintaining my personal commitments."

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– Carl Roberts
Teacher
MAT Program

"The [MBA] program allowed me to make great contacts and network with other professionals."

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– Amanda Farris
Accountant
Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries

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