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.
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.
- 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
See Academic Requirements
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- 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)
- EDAS 709 Leadership Management of K-12 Schools and Systems (3) Online
- 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)
- EDAS 743 Summer Seminar: Research Writing and Literature Review (6) (Hybrid)
(First Full Week in July after the July 4 Holiday)
- 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)
- 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)
- EDAS 783 Data Analysis & Interpretation (3) (A Session; online)
- EDAS 785 Dissertation Advisement I (3) (Full)
- EDAS 790 Dissertation Advisement II (3) (Full)
For additional program information, contact:
Joseph Ciccone, Ed.D.
Program Chair of Educational Leadership Programs
For admission information, contact:
Graduate and Continuing Studies
What Students Are Saying
"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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