Congratulations to Ed.D. student Mona Nashman-Smith, recipient of the prestigious Medal of the British Empire. Read more about this honor!
Wilkes University's international Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
is designed specifically for international teachers, principals, school heads, and
superintendents who want to improve education for culturally diverse students.
Our Ed.D. offers a concentration in Instructional Leadership for international educators. Coursework is built around educational theory and research, combined with key connections to classroom technology and leadership practice in the international educational environment.
Enjoy online learning combined with three residencies at international sites throughout the program. Our cohort model allows students to collaborate with peers and professors in person and online, forming a strong support system that extends beyond graduation.
Our highly skilled full-time and adjunct faculty hold terminal degrees and possess extensive experience as educators and researchers, worldwide. They serve as mentors to accepted students throughout the program and guide the research process as dissertation chairs, encouraging high standards from conception through defense and providing a personalized, scholarly leadership journey.
The international Ed.D. is designed to address the needs and challenges facing all educators in contemporary society, while meeting the unique needs of international teachers and leaders. Coursework combines the principles and theory of leadership, scholarship and practice to prepare leaders who can affect change in educational systems worldwide, advance student learning and inform future practice through research. The program was designed to empower international classroom teachers, as well as advance current or aspiring educational leaders. The completion of required doctoral-level coursework culminates in the development of a dissertation proposal. The final dissertation and its defense are the capstone requirements for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
The curriculum is comprised of 60 post-master's credits, including 9 credits of leadership core courses, 30 credits of content area courses, 12 credits of research courses, and 9 credits of dissertation.
The AAIE Institute and International Leadership Certification
Twenty-one credits from the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) Institute, when taken post-master's, can be transferred into the Ed.D. program. That means only 30 credits of Wilkes doctoral courses, plus a dissertation, are required to earn the Ed.D.
We are currently accepting applications. Apply by Jan 1, 2018 to join the March 2018 cohort in Dubai. Admission to the Ed.D. program is competitive and cohort size is limited.
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Wilkes is a leading provider of graduate programming for educators. In addition to the doctor of education, Wilkes offers more than two-dozen master's degrees and certificate programs to education professionals around the world. Wilkes also offers doctor of nursing practice and doctor of pharmacy degrees, master's degree programs in various fields, and 41 undergraduate majors.
Wilkes was recently recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing universities in the country. Wilkes is regionally accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education.