Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Foundations & Leadership


Educational Leadership

Committee Director

Karen Sanzo

Committee Member

Jennifer Clayton

Committee Member

Shana Pribesh


This study allows the voices of nine educational practitioners participating in a school leadership preparation cohort to be heard. The main unit of analysis was a closed cohort within a university's educational leadership program conducted in partnership with a local school district.

The purpose of this case study was to explore the experiences of women currently and previously enrolled in a school leadership preparation cohort program. This study was conducted with the intent that experiences of the participants will provide insight for other women who aspire to leadership positions who are enrolled in school leadership principal preparation cohorts. The goal of this study was to gain an understanding of the experiences of aspiring and established female leaders through their journeys. The case study revealed the participants' perceptions and experiences of the school leadership preparation cohort, how it has impacted their leadership decisions, and the perceived relationship between mentors and mentees. A triangulated protocol employed interviews and review of documents to illuminate the inquiry questions. Outcomes provided understandings about school leadership preparation cohorts through discernment of the experiences and beliefs of the women currently and previously enrolled in this cohort.