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Leadership in Schooling Ed.D.

Full time Online Duration: 3 Years

The Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. degree empowers the individual to improve leadership, teaching and learning, and to explore innovative solutions to educational problems. The degree is designed to enhance a candidate's skills both as a researcher and as an instructional leader of PK-12 programs. Students who enter the doctoral program will soon find that our emphasis on research and its application to practice will assist them in formulating and investigating questions that are of direct and immediate relevance to their daily professional work.

The Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. also offers a STEM Education option designed for science, math, and engineering educators who wish to move into leadership roles.

A description of the degree, together with admission requirements may be found in the Ed.D. Leadership in Schooling Handbook (pdf)

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The Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. offers the following options:

  • Leadership in Schooling Ed.D.: The Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. degree is designed to enhance a candidate's skills both as a researcher and as an instructional leader of PK-12 programs. An Ed.D. in Leadership in Schooling empowers the individual to improve leadership, teaching and learning, and to explore innovative solutions to educational problems. Students who enter this doctoral program will soon find that our emphasis on research and its application to practice will assist them in forming and investigating questions that are of personal, community, national, and international interest.
  • The Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. STEM Education Option: This option is designed for STEM (science, math, engineering) educators who also wish to move into leadership roles. The degree will prepare candidates with skills both as a researcher and as an instructional leader of PK-12 programs. Students who enter this doctoral program will recognize that our emphasis on research and its application to practice will assist them in forming and investigating questions that are of personal, community, national, and even international interest. The strong focus on teacher quality, teacher performance, and student learning in mathematics, engineering and science makes this a program of high interest to teachers.

The Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. requires 42 credits of study beyond the master's, Ed.S. or CAGS. All courses are fully online. Candidates are admitted in the summer to their cohort and are expected to take 2 courses each semester, summer, fall and spring. Additionally, candidates must attend a one-week, summer residency each year they are in the program.

Course Requirements

  • 33 course credits
  • 9 dissertation credits/Scholarly Practitioner Community

Also required are:

  • 2 comprehensive exams (Portfolio and qualifying paper) 
  • 3 summer residencies 
  • A dissertation in Practice Proposal and Defense

Courses may include:

  • Foundations for Practitioner Scholars
  • Applied Research Design
  • Quantitative Data Analysis for Practitioner Leaders
  • The Inclusive District, Law, Policy and Finance
  • Systems Leadership
  • Organizational Learning and Strategic Partnering with Families and Communities

For more information including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.

  • Submitted online application
  • An M.Ed., Ed.S. or master’s degree in appropriate area
  • A master of education degree or master's degree in a field relevant to PK-12 education
  • Should be currently working in a PK-12 school or other setting that serves these students, have at least three years experience as a teacher and/or as an instructional leader, have a commitment to continuing to serve such students as a leader who will influence excellence and equity
    • STEM option: Should have three years experience as a STEM teacher or other roles in STEM within the district e.g. elementary STEM coordinator; mathematics coach
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in such settings 
  • Official transcripts from previously earned degrees
  • Acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (typically, verbal and quantitative scores at or above the 50th percentile and a writing score at or above a 4)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee

International Applicants

  • For applicants who earned their degree outside of the US, you do not need to have your transcript evaluated by a credentialing service such as WES or CED.
  • English proficiency testing
    • TOEFL minimum 90
    • IELTS minimum 7.0

Please note, F1 student visas are not issued for this program since it is offered exclusively online.

See the Graduate Catalog for additional admissions requirements. 

Email doctoral coordinator, Stacy Szczesiul, or visit Graduate Admissions for more information.

Students can earn their doctorate at UMass Lowell for roughly $24,500*:

  • Coursework/program credits = $19,740 ($1,410/3 credit course)
  • Summer residencies = $2,550 ($850 per each one-week residency)
  • Other costs ($200 first year student fee, $30 registration fee per semester, $250 graduation fee, books)
*These estimated graduate charges are for the 2018-2019 academic year. These prices are subject to change by vote of the UMass Board of Trustees. 

For more information, visit Costs & Aid for Graduate Programs.

Financial assistance options include: 

  • College of Education Dean's Fellowship
  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Research Assistantships

U.S. residents are eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for loans and other grant programs.

Why Choose the Leadership in Schooling Program at UMass Lowell?

Phitsamay Uy

Faculty Experts

Leadership in Schooling program Associate Prof. Phitsamay Uy, Ed.D. is a national expert on English Language Learners (ELL), especially those of Southeast Asian descent. In a briefing before Congress in 2018, she points out that, out of 5.5 million ELLs in the U.S., “following Spanish, the second and third most-spoken language….Number two is Vietnamese, and number three is Hmong.” She brings attention and scholarly research toward addressing their educational needs.

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) logo. In the history of the debate over the purpose and goals of the EdD, never has any scholar or academic group attempted to take action to reclaim the EdD with the goal of making it the degree of choice for professional practice preparation in education. CPED and its consortium members are committed to working together to undertake a critical examination of the work done to date, as well as future efforts, and intend to be the leaders in the effort to the redesign of the doctorate in education.

Membership in the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED)

The Ed.D. program is a member of the CPED consortium of more than 100 colleges and schools of education worldwide. CPED is a national effort to prepare practitioner-scholars to apply their practice to generate new knowledge and become informed experts who guide the profession to new achievements. Visit the CPED website
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Top 10 in the Country for Online Graduate Programs

UMass Lowell’s College of Education’s online graduate programs are No. 8 in the nation and No. 1 in Massachusetts and New England according to U.S. News & World Report.