Ed.D. Leadership in Schooling
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 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. It is possible to complete coursework and dissertation in three years if this path is followed. The residency sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday during the second full week of July (please check the dates with program faculty before making summer commitments). A fee is charged for the residency.
***Now accepting applications for Summer 2018
Current Students (Admitted prior to summer 2016)
For current students completing the program requires 48 credits of study - see program of study (pdf) in the UMass Lowell Graduate online Catalog, there is no residency requirement and courses are offered on campus.
Admission requirements for the Ed.D.
Each applicant must have a master of education degree or master's degree in a field relevant to PK-12 education that prepares him/her for advanced study. Additionally, applicants should be currently working in a PK-12 school and have three years experience as a teacher and/or as an instructional leader. Applicants should be interested in research into and the role of leaders in schools. Candidates who do not meet these requirements should speak with the Graduate Coordinator before submitting an application.
- Submit an online application and fee through the office of Graduate Admissions.
- A two-page admission essay explaining your experience in PK-12 education and your reasons for wishing to enter doctoral study
- GRE scores
- Three letters of recommendation
- All official transcripts
Questions about the Ed.D. should be sent to the doctoral coordinator Stacy_Szczesiul@uml.edu.
Doctoral faculty for both the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs, are committed to the creation of a supportive environment for doctoral study. Seminars are held throughout each semester to discuss research, policy issues related to preparing the dissertation, and for candidates to present their work to their peers for feedback. These seminars are highly valued by students, as they ensure program cohesion for students while they explore their individual research interests.
Doctoral students participate in the annual colloquium held at the School of Education. Many graduate students have also presented papers at regional and local conferences.
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