Date of Award

Fall 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Tamara J. Williams


The purpose of this qualitative case study was to inform program improvement for one Metropolitan University graduate educational leadership program by reviewing adult educational personal leadership development plans completed during semesters Fall 2019 through Spring 2021.

At the beginning of their educational leadership program, graduate students complete a personal leadership development plan, also known as the L3 Learning, Leading, and Legacy Plan. In-depth review of these plans resulted in understanding the professional context and individual professional aspirations of future educational leaders. The variety of aspirations and current professional context is a reminder for all programs of the complexity of adult learners and the importance of personalization. As a result of this review, program recommendations include continued systematic adult reflection on professional leadership aspirations as well as personalized support for each adult learner. Additionally, program instructors and leaders should leverage Knowles Andragogy Framework to inform programmatic decisions.


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