Ed.D./Doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FALL 2016 - ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE IN BY MARCH 1ST 2016.

 

Overview

The Ed.D. Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies prepares leaders who are capable of working in a wide range of settings.  These include public and private schools, research and evaluation institutions, and educational advocacy organizations.  Our diverse faculty and student body represent agencies such as P-12 public schools, private and independent schools, government, and higher education.  The variety of perspectives faculty and students bring strengthens our ability to understand and address complex educational issues. 

The mission of the Ed.D. Program is:

The Ed.D. Doctoral Program is designed as a part-time program to meet the needs of working professionals.  The program generally takes four to five years to complete.    

The Ed.D. Program is practice-oriented. Thus, coursework and dissertations are very applied in nature. The curriculum includes foundational coursework and opportunities for field-based activities and immersion projects in schools or other agencies. 

We aim to prepare leaders who can solve real problems facing education systems today and who, through their research or applied work, further academic knowledge toward this end. 

PROGRAM DETAILS

The program is cohort-based -- students are admitted as a group annually and they take classes together over the course of the program.  Classes meet one day per week with the week day determined by cohort vote and typically maintained throughout the program. Two classes are held, back to back, from 5-7:30pm and then from 7:30-10pm.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

For students who are interested in research experience and financial support, a limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships are offered at $2400 per semester for 10 hours of work per week and $4800 per semester for 20 hours of work.  Graduate Research Assistantships are competitive and require an application.  If selected, you will work with one or more EDL faculty members.

If you are interested in the Ed.D. program, please contact Mary Cubitt at cubmittm1@southernct.edu or Dr. Sousan Arafeh, Doctoral Coordinator, at arafehs1@southernct.edu.

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies consists of 63-credits of core and advanced topics courses.  Seven of these courses are electives. As students near the end of their coursework, they sit for a comprehensive exam and defend their dissertation proposal.  The doctoral program culminates in the defense of a dissertation. 

There are four content strands in the doctoral program: leadership, organizational development, policy, and research methods.  Intermediate Administrator (092) Certification or Superintendent of Schools (093) Certification can also be pursued without taking courses beyond the 63 credits if students do the required certification courses as electives.

The General Ed.D. Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies:

These are the doctoral program's core courses.  Seven additional elective courses are required to complete the coursework component.

Leadership Strand Core Courses:

Organizational Development Strand Core Courses: 

Policy Strand Core Courses:  

Research Methods Strand Core Courses:

Dissertation Preparation Courses:


Click on the Student Handbook  and the Doctoral Handbook for full details about the Ed.D./Doctoral Program requirements, sequence, policies, and procedures.