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

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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 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. 


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.  The program is part-time and, although you can take more classes per semester to accelerate, you do need to pay for those based on your part time status. 


In addition to Financial Aid, students who are interested in research experience and financial support can apply to be a Graduate Assistant.  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.  Full time students with Graduate Assistantships can have certain fees waived each semester.  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 discussing the Graduate Assistantships, please contact Mary Cubitt at cubmittm1@southernct.edu or Dr. Sousan Arafeh, Coordinator of Doctoral Education, 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.

Click here to see the Ed.D. Curriculum Map of courses and general progress.

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:

To Apply to the Ed.D./Doctoral Program, CLICK HERE

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

Please contact Mary Cubitt at cubmittm1@southernct.edu or Dr. Sousan Arafeh, Coordinator of Doctoral Education, at arafehs1@southernct.edu if you have questions about the Ed.D./Doctoral Program.