Centers & Research

The University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences faculty, students, staff and alumni are involved in the preparation of educational leaders via several academic centers and institutes. Numerous opportunities are available through our centers and institutes for those who seek to do research, take coursework, or do in-depth study in their chosen field.

Caster Center

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The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research provides research, evaluation, and consulting services that build the leadership and strategic- and evaluative-thinking capacity of local nonprofits as well as to be the leading source of information, data, and research on the local nonprofit sector.

Center for Education Policy and Law


The Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL) is a joint undertaking of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the School of Law with a mission to foster better linkage between educational research, policymaking, and practice.

Character Development Center


The Character Development Center serves teacher educators, students in teacher education programs, K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, parents and caregivers who desire to participate in the character development of children and youth.

Educational Leadership Development Academy


The Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) is a collaboration with local school districts designed to produce and build a pool of high quality principals and instructional leaders that can successfully lead the improvement of instruction in their schools.

Global Center


The Global Center supports the School of Leadership and Education Sciences's mission and promise to prepare students with the professional knowledge, skills, and ethical perspectives they will need for effective leadership and practice in a diverse society.

Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research


The Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research educates leaders and advances best practices in the nonprofit and philanthropic community through academic excellence, applied learning, and research that examines issues of strategic importance to the sector.

Leadership Institute


The purpose of the Leadership Institute is to improve the theory, teaching and practice of leadership so that groups, organizations and communities can better meet the adaptive challenges facing them.

Manchester Family Child Development Center


The primary goal at the Manchester Family Child Development Center is to offer children a safe environment in which to grow, learn, and collaborate, promoted by engaging them in a variety of learning experiences.

Mobile Technology Learning Center


The Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC) is designed to establish the university research environment of the future, while concurrently fueling innovation in K-12 education.