Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Foundations & Leadership


Educational Leadership

Committee Director

William Owings

Committee Member

Steve Myran

Committee Member

Petros Katsioloudis


There is no doubt that principals’ roles are important in setting the direction for successful schools, however, current knowledge on the best ways to prepare and develop highly qualified and effective school leaders is sparse (Darling-Hammond, LaPointe, Meyerson, Orr, & Cohen, 2007; Mendels, 2012). As such, the recognition of the importance of school leaders in teaching and learning coupled with a growing shortage of high-quality leaders in American schools, increased the interest in leadership development as a major reform strategy (Darling-Hammond et al., 2007). The investment of tremendous amount of time and resources on school leadership therefore help them to be successful on the job (Mendels, 2012). This mixed methods study is a look at principal leadership pipeline development in Komenda Edina Eguafo Abriem (KEEA) District in the Central Region of Ghana, West Africa, to understand how the school district develops its principal preparation program or pipeline for aspiring and current school leaders. A sample of 50 participants made up of district leaders, principals, assistant principals, and aspiring leaders from schools in the KEEA District were randomly selected to participate in the study. Data were generated through Survey Monkey Cloud and semi-structured interviews with 10% of the sample participants.

The two research questions associated with this study are: 1. Is there a principal preparation program or pipeline in KEEA District? 2. To what degree does the program align with research-based elements?


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