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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The Ed.D. Doctoral Program applications accepted for Fall 2018
Deadline to apply is March 1, 2018


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:

  • to prepare educational leaders with comprehensive knowledge, appropriate skills, and empowering attitudes to become leaders who are informed decision-makers capable of being reflective practitioners and who contribute to the research and practice literature.

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 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 and the selected day which is typically maintained throughout the program. Two classes are held, back to back, from 5-7:30 pm and then from 7:35-10:05 pm. The program recommends that elective courses be taken during the summer sessions, core courses are scheduled during the Fall and Spring. The program is part-time and, while you can take additional elective classes during a semester to accelerate your progress, you do need to pay for those based on your part time status. Current information regarding tuition and fees can be found at


In addition to supportive faculty who have both practical experience in schools and active reseach agendas, the EDL Ed.D. program has developed a network of alumni and current students, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Advisory Committee (ELDAC) that supports current students and alumni of the program. More information on ELDAC and other resources for current students is available through an online organization devoted to supporting EDL Ed.D. students ( > Blackboard Learn 9 (BB9; requires login) > Organizations > EDL EdD Community).

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies consists of 63-credits of core and advanced topics courses, including those that support your dissertation writing. In addition to the successful completion of coursework, the program requires students pass a comprehensive exam, proposal hearing, and dissertation defense. Final dissertations are required to be publication-ready through ProQuest.

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

The Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies:

These are the doctoral program's core courses. Eight additional elective courses are required to complete the coursework component.

  • EDL 801-Leadership and Organizational Development (3 credits)
  • EDL 802-Applications in Leadership and Organizational Development (3 credits)
  • EDL 803-Leading Organizational Change (3 credits)
  • EDL 804-Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDL 805-Qualitative Methods in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDL 808-Leadership for Social Equity (3 credits)
  • EDL 811-Educational Policy: Context and Inquiry (3 credits)
  • EDL 822-Research Design (3 credits)
  • EDL 825-Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)
  • EDL 830 Doctoral Inquiry Seminar (3 credits)
  • EDL 831 Independent Advising for Dissertation Proposal Development (3 credits)
  • EDL 900 Dissertation Advisement and Defense (6 credits/2 semesters)

To Apply to the Ed.D. Doctoral Program through the School of Graduate Studies, CLICK HERE

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

Please contact Dr. Peter Madonia, Coordinator of Doctoral Education, at if you have questions about the Ed.D./Doctoral Program.


Some courses, particularly electives, can be transferred. Please see the Doctoral Handbook and Student Handbook for details.


This cross-cohort organization in the password protected environment of the learning management system is a space that current students can turn to answers even in the middle of the night. ( > Blackboard Learn 9 (BB9; requires login)> Organizations > EDL EdD Community)

In addition to hosting the ELDAC space, the EDL Ed.D. Community serves as a digital repository of information like what to expect in each year of the program, what electives are coming up this summer, fillable versions of the forms you will need when you are in the program as well as other resources. There is also a link to the Journal of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (JELPS) ISSN#: 2473-2826, an open access, peer reviewed, electronic journal dedicated to establishing a global network and a platform among researchers, policymakers, educators and school leaders to provide readers with an enhanced awareness of strategies and policies for improving school success and student achievement through effective leadership, hosted at SCSU.