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Program Overview

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the College of Saint Elizabeth is designed to prepare globally conscious and morally purposeful servant leaders for district leadership roles in Pre-K to 12th grade settings.

The Ed.D. combines theoretical knowledge and practical application in an authentic school setting using the student's professional experience in school leadership. It is a sequenced 52-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 College to the larger community.
  • The foundation of the program is aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders (NJPSSL).
  • Students will receive personal attention and service from College 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.

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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 (3)
  • EDAS 705 Servant Leadership (2)
  • EDAS 715 Emerging Perspectives on District Level Leadership (3)

Spring Semester

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

Summer I (July)

  • EDAS 743 Comprehensive Assessment of Research (6)

Year Two

Fall Semester

  • EDAS 730 Educational Leadership in a Global Society (3)
  • EDAS 745 Education Finance and Strategic Thinking (3)
  • EDAS 750 Action Research Dissertation (2)

Spring Semester

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

Summer II (July)

  • EDAS 783 Data Analysis & Interpretation (6)

Year Three

Fall Semester

  • EDAS 785 Dissertation Advisement I (4)

Spring Semester

  • EDAS 790 Dissertation Advisement II (4)

Contacts

For additional program information, contact:

Program Chair of Educational Leadership Programs
(973) 290-4383
jciccone@cse.edu

For admission information, contact:

Antonia Donofrio
Associate Director
Graduate and Continuing Studies
(973) 290-4191
adonofrio@cse.edu


What Students Are Saying

Vincent S. Przybylinski, Jr., '16
"The program at CSE continuously challenged me to reflect and build upon my practice and role as a servant leader. I was fortunate to progress through the program with a cohort of exemplary educators and benefit from the expertise and experience of highly accomplished professors."
– Vincent S. Przybylinski, Jr., '16

Read Vincent's Story

Who We Are

Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College of Saint Elizabeth has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, for developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility, and a commitment to the promotion of women as full partners in society.

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