The curriculum is constructed around four overarching and inter-related themes that are seen as integral to the academic and professional development of educational leaders:
Visionary Leadership and Management
Policy into Practice
Data for Decision-Making
Building Community in a Diverse Society
The courses are tied to these themes and will use problem-based, case study learning approaches to ground the program in the realities of schools and community colleges.
The program is intended primarily for working professionals in leadership positions. Within a cohort system, individuals rely on their collective experiences to supplement and encourage the formal learning process, and are enrolled in a common sequence of courses. Students are admitted once a year for coursework beginning in late summer. The program begins with a leadership seminar in August. Classes are held throughout the fall, winter and spring quarters approximately once every three weeks on a consecutive Friday and Saturday. A one-week June seminar ends the academic year. Students will be enrolled for 12 units each quarter which represents a full-time schedule.