Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - PreK to 12th Grade Track

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The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Saint Elizabeth University is designed to prepare globally conscious and morally purposeful servant leaders. The Ed.D. program offers two tracks: the Pre-K to 12th Grade Track and the Higher Education Track.

Program Overview

The Ed.D. track for Pre-K to 12th grade school leaders combines theoretical knowledge and practical application in an authentic school setting using the student's professional experience in school leadership. It is a sequenced 50-credit program to be completed during a three-year time frame.

Program Requirements

  • 3.25 grade point average
  • Two research projects related to the development design of the action research dissertation
  • Action research dissertation study and oral dissertation defense

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Unique Elements of This Program

  • Students will complete all courses as a cohort and will progress through the program by taking all of their classes together.
  • Students will function as members of teams and work collaboratively on the study, collection, and analysis of data and the development of research-based solutions to educational problems. Research teams will extend beyond the University to the larger community.
  • The foundation of the program is aligned with the Professional Standards for School Leaders (PSEL).
  • Students will receive personal attention and service from SEU departments at times that are convenient for working adults.
  • Flexible hours for advisement, registration, and career counseling are available to fit in with students' busy schedules.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the doctoral program the students will be able to:

  • Commit to and act upon the principles of servant leadership.
  • Demonstrate their role to prepare both themselves and the learning community to build a just society.
  • Identify, promote, and sustain high performance learning communities.
  • Apply research methodologies for systemic improvement of schools and other educational communities and institutions.
  • Analyze and articulate the individual and social purposes of education.
  • Evaluate the role of servant leaders as stewards of both human and fiscal resources.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for admission must present the documentation listed below to a selection committee comprised of Department of Education faculty. This committee will assess the documentation based upon the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders (NJPSSL).

  • An M.A. in Educational Leadership or related field.
  • Evidence of leadership experience including Certification as Principal and/or Supervisor.
  • Outstanding academic success in prior graduate work including an official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate colleges/universities attended. Courses taken at colleges in countries outside the United States must be evaluated by WES (World Education Services) for a course-by-course evaluation. For additional information on certified university record translations, students should contact WES at 800-937-3895 or by email at info@wes.org.
  • Evidence of scholarly work (Master's thesis, Action Research, publication) and an on-site writing sample as required by faculty.
  • One letter of recommendation from a college/university professor attesting to candidate's ability to perform a high level of academic work in the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to professional competency (in addition to the one letter from college/university professor)

The final step in the admission process will be a successful interview with a faculty committee.

Course Sequence

Year One

Fall Semester

  • EDAS 701 Essential Competencies for Doctoral Studies (2) (5 Fridays)
  • EDAS 705 Servant Leadership (3) (A Session)
  • EDAS 715 Emerging Perspectives on District Leadership (3) (B Session)

Winter Intersession

  • EDAS 709 Leadership Management of K-12 Schools and Systems (3) Online

Spring Semester

  • EDAS 718 Leadership/School Improvement (3) (A Session)
  • EDAS 722 Dissertation Research & Scholarly Writing (2) (5 Fridays)
  • EDAS 725 Education Policy, Development & Advocacy (3) (B Session)

Summer (July)

  • EDAS 743 Summer Seminar: Research Writing and Literature Review (6) (Hybrid)
    (First Full Week in July after the July 4 Holiday)

Year Two

Fall Semester

  • EDAS 730 Leadership in a Global and Multicultural Society (3) (A Session)
  • EDAS 745 Education Finance and Strategic Thinking (3) (B Session)
  • EDAS 750 Action Research Dissertation (2) (5 Fridays)

Spring Semester

  • EDAS 757 Ethical Leadership in School Law and Labor Relations (3) (B Session)
  • EDAS 765 Governance and Community Relations (3) (A Session)
  • EDAS 775 Dissertation Proposal Seminar (2) (5 Fridays)

Year Three

Fall Semester

  • EDAS 783 Data Analysis & Interpretation (3) (A Session; online)
  • EDAS 785 Dissertation Advisement I (3) (Full)

Spring Semester

  • EDAS 790 Dissertation Advisement II (3) (Full)


For additional program information, contact:

Joseph Ciccone, Ed.D.
Program Chair of Educational Leadership Programs
(973) 290-4383

For admission information, contact:

Antonia Donofrio
Associate Director
Graduate and Continuing Studies
(973) 290-4191

What Students Are Saying

Elizabeth DeMichino-Acquadro, '20
"Getting my doctorate in educational leadership will pave the way for even more leadership positions. I like the atmosphere at the University and identify strongly with the mission. I love learning both in my classroom and in everything that I do. I want to be at the forefront of promoting education."
– Elizabeth DeMichino-Acquadro, '20

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