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Doctoral Programs Dept of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology

Welcome to the Doctoral Programs

Adult, Professional, and Community Education & School Improvement

The vision of these programs is to prepare transformational leaders who will become change agents committed and prepared to improve the quality of learning communities and learning across the life span.

We welcome your interest in our programs!  Our students develop their abilities to plan learning programs for both adults and K-12 settings; help communities in capacity-building; orchestrate professional development activities; foster learning for advocacy, action, and social justice; improve organizational capabilities; and conduct research in these settings and beyond.  Our students provide leadership through research, scholarly contributions, and participation in a wide variety of positions across the field of education and around the world.

Students learn to team with faculty and field professionals beyond classroom experiences as demonstrated in our most recent student contributions. To see a preview of our current faculty research interests click here


Click here to view upcoming conference opportunities to present and meet with fellow professionals within the field.

Congratuations to our Fall 2014 Ph.D. Graduates

Featured Publications

Supervision and Instructional Leadership: A Developmental Approach (9th Edition)Understanding the principalship: An international guide to principal preparation (Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 19)Understanding the Principalship: An International Guide to Principal Preparation (Advances in Educational Administration, Vol. 19)
by Sarah Nelson, PhD & Charles Slater, PhD (eds)


SuperVision and Instructional Leadership: A Developmental Approach (9th Edition)
by Carl Glickman, PhD, Steve Gordon, PhD, & Jovita Ross-Gordon, PhD

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APCE Faculty, Students, and Alum Present at the APCE

From November 4-7th, 2014, Texas State University was represented by 11 faculty, students, and graduates of the APCE program. Presentations included:

  • Workplace Diversity: Creating Inclusion Instead of an Illusion by Cedric Scott
  • Creating a Circle of Trust: Experiences from a First Year Doctoral Program by Yolanda Reyes Guevara & Andrea Flores
  • Stories from the ATX: Hip Hop Artists Using Voice and Story to Transform Community by Freda Bryson & Tim Eubanks
  • Fluffy Women: Cats Are Not the Only Fluffy Creatures Who Are Beautiful by Natalie Hendrix
  • Faculty in Adult Degree Programs: What They Have Learned From Teaching Adults by Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon & Kayon Murray
  • Intentional Learning: Women Mentoring Women in Doctoral Education by Dr. Geleana Drew Alston
  • Positive Psychology: A Critical and Generative Conversation About Its Usefulness to Adult Education Researchers by Dr. Ann Brooks & Moira Martin

APCE Participants at AAACE Conference, 2014