Wilkes University

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Wilkes University's Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership will prepare you for leadership role in K-12 or higher education. A distinct combination of theory and research provides the framework for scholarship, innovation and strategic, organizational and policy transformation.

Specializations include:

  • K-12 Administration with Pennsylvania Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility
  • Educational Leadership with three concentrations from which to choose:
    • Educational Technology
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Educational Leadership Studies

We're currently accepting applications. Apply by Nov. 15 to start in January 2017.

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Enjoy online learning with limited campus visits. You will attend three residencies throughout the program while participating in virtual class sessions and online learning. Our cohort model allows students to collaborate with peers in person and online, forming a strong support system that extends though graduation.

Our highly skilled faculty members hold terminal degrees and possess extensive experience as educators and researchers, worldwide. They will mentor you through the research process as dissertation chairs, encouraging high standards from conception through defense and providing a personalized scholarly journey.

Our Ed.D. is designed to address the needs and challenges facing education professionals in contemporary society. Coursework explores the principles of leadership, scholarship and practice to prepare leaders who can affect change in educational and organizational systems. 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. Students who take 12 to 18 credits a year can complete coursework in three to four years before beginning the dissertation process.

The program is held in a convenient low-residency format requiring students to attend three total residencies throughout the program. Choose the time and location that suits you best.

Residencies offer an authentic learning experience where students meet and connect with their cohort to engage with course content with doctoral faculty. Although every residency is unique, past students have participated in discussions with educational leaders from around the globe, while engaging with officers from the U.S. Department of State. Residencies are rigorous, motivating and rewarding.

2017 Residency Options 

February 16 to 19, 2017
Wilkes University
245 W. Second St.
Mesa, Ariz.

August 8 to 11, 2017
Wilkes University
84 W. South St.
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

*International residency sites are determined yearly and based on international cohort needs.

Our Ed.D. is competitively priced, with tuition averaging less than $2,000 per course. For details on tuition and financial aid, please contact us.

You must hold a master's degree in Education or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education.

  • Completed online application
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • Copies of certifications or licenses, if applicable
  • Two references
  • Official college transcripts
  • Scholarly or professional project, product, or paper with an abstract attesting to how this submission reflects the applicant's potential for leadership and scholarship at the doctoral level

After application materials are received, a review and evaluation of the documents will take place.

Applicants meeting the admissions criteria after a review of the application documents will be invited for an interview with a faculty committee.
At the time of the interview, applicants will complete an extemporaneous writing sample as part of the admissions process.
Applicants will again be reviewed and evaluated, and those meeting the program's admissions criteria will receive notification of conditional acceptance into the program. The fall semester and year of the conditional acceptance begins the 7-year time-frame to complete the degree, which includes dissertation and its successful defense.
A scholarly or professional project, product, or paper with an abstract attesting to how this submission reflects the student’s potential for leadership and scholarship at the doctoral level will be submitted as part of the course requirements.  
After successful completion of 12 credits (9 core leadership credits and 3 credits in educational research) and before the completion of 24 credits in the program, students must take and pass the Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) to be fully accepted into the program.

Students may be permitted to transfer 18 credits acquired post-master’s toward the doctoral degree pending a review of transcripts from accredited institutions. Formal transfer credit reviews occur after conditional program acceptance.

Credits being considered for transfer must be posted on a graduate transcript after the date of the award of the master’s degree from an accredited institution. Transfer credits must match existing credits contained in the scope of the doctoral program at Wilkes. Course descriptions will be reviewed to determine compatibility with existing Wilkes courses. Students may be required to submit course syllabi in cases in which the course descriptions are inconclusive.

Wilkes retains the right to decline transfer credit for courses that are integral to doctoral program goals and to the attainment of learning outcomes and student success on benchmark assessments, which occur throughout the program.

Stephanie L. Wasmanski
Graduate Admissions
(800) WILKES-U Ext. 5535
(570) 408-5535