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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, 2019


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 members and student body represent P-12 public schools, private and independent schools, government and non-profit agencies, and higher education. This variety of perspectives makes it possible 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 opportunities for research and/or field-based 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. Two back-to-back classes meet one day per week on a selected day that is typically maintained throughout the program. The two classes meet from 5-7:30 pm and then from 7:35-10:05 pm. Core courses are scheduled during the Fall and Spring semesters and electives can be taken at any time, but are recommended to be taken in the summers. 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 policy arenas as well as active research agendas, the EDL Ed.D. Doctoral Program supports student participation in professional organizations such as the American Education Research Association (AERA), Northeastern Education Research Association (NERA), and New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) and well as SCSU graduate-student-focused committees and events including the annual spring Graduate Research Conference. In addition, students are encouraged to get involved in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Advisory Committee (ELDAC), a support network of alumni and current students

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies consists of 63-credits of core and elective courses. Some courses, particularly electives, can be transferred. 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. 

View 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)

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

Apply to the Ed.d. Doctoral Program

CLICK HERE for admissions requirements for the Ed.D. Doctoral Program with 092 Intermediate Administrator Certification Concentration

CLICK HERE for admission requirements for the Ed.D. Doctoral Program with a General Concentration where the student creates a unique focus of study.

CLICK HERE to apply to the Ed.D. Doctoral Program through the School of Graduate Studies. 


Please contact Dr. Sousan Arafeh, Ed.D. Doctoral Program Coordinator at if you have questions about the Ed.D./Doctoral Program.