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Doctorate of Education (Ed.D)

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Wilkes University - Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership

Wilkes University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is a 60-credit post-master’s program that capitalizes on the existing strengths of current programs in curriculum and instruction, educational technology, and leadership at the graduate level. The completion of required doctoral level coursework and the development and acceptance of a dissertation proposal to conduct field-based research grounded in theory resulting in a final disseration and its defense are the requirements for the award of the degree. 
Highly skilled full-time and adjunct faculty holding terminal degrees and possessing extensive experience as educators and researchers in the field mentor accepted students throughout the program and guide the dissertation research process as dissertation chairs. 
 The Educational Leadership programs available to new applicants include:
  • K-12 Administration with Pennsylvania Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility (must hold PA Principal or Supervisory certificate at time of admission)--approved by the PA Dept. of Education
  • Educational Leadership with three concentrations from which to choose upon acceptance into the program:
    • Educational Technology 
    • Curriculum and Instruction 
    • Educational Leadership Studies                           
Students who are accepted begin in the fall of each academic year and include 20 to 25 students in each cohort. The curriculum comprises 60 post-master’s credits, which include 9 credits of leadership core courses, 30 credits of content area courses, 12 credits of research courses, and 9 credits of dissertation earned upon successful completion of benchmark assessments within the dissertation process. All classes are offered in a blended or hybrid format with online and campus or virtual face-to-face class sessions. It is anticipated that students will take 12 credits a year toward the degree, completing course work over three-four years before beginning the dissertation process. 

Applied Studies and Research
Coursework is designed to address the needs and challenges facing educators and education in contemporary society. The program is built around the concept of developing scholarly practitioners with a core of theory and applied research embedded in courses. The learning experiences provide continuous opportunities for educators to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to serve as leaders in administrative and teaching roles by conducting research in the field to inform the profession and improve education for all students. The final dissertation and its defense are the capstone requirements for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

Note: K-12 Principal or PA Instructional Technology Specialist certificates are available through master's department programs at Wilkes. 


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