Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

The Doctor of Education program is designed for highly qualified educational professionals who seek to further their professional standing and formal training by embracing the challenges of innovative, cutting-edge theories, methodologies, research and applications.

The primary objective of the program is to produce graduates who can contribute to the advancement of their profession and to the expansion of knowledge and awareness of contemporary strategic issues and practices. Through the Ed.D. curriculum and its correlative components, participants will achieve this objective through the development of:

  • A thorough and deep-rooted knowledge of scientific and scholarly research methods and their application in the educational setting for leaders, consultants, educational affiliates and university professors
  • Advanced critical thinking as well as refined conceptual and analytical skills
  • A mastery of both the seminal theories and the latest practices in educational management
  • The tools to perform original applied research that advances knowledge within the educational arena
  • An appreciation of cultural, ethical, and global issues and their impact on evolving theories and practices
  • The skills necessary for sophisticated and effective decision-making in complex environments through the integration of theoretic insights, extensive practical knowledge and innovative concept development.

At the successful conclusion of all course and course-related work, each degree candidate will submit three original research papers (the qualifying examination), and will put forth a formal dissertation proposal to be approved by a Director and three other members of the doctoral faculty (the four constituting the official committee). The dissertation proposal, once approved, should focus on a topic of current import and personal interest. The dissertation should significantly impact and illuminate strategic professional matters.