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Leadership in Schooling - STEM Education Option

Leadership in Schooling: Stem Education Option

The Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. 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. Faculty in the doctoral program strive to meet the individual needs and the professional interests of each student with a low student to faculty ratio. The program consists of 42 credits of study beyond the master's or Ed.S. or CAGS. Courses are fully online during the fall, spring and summer, with a one week residency requirement each summer.

Cohort Model

The majority of our students admitted to the Ed.D. are working professionals who complete the program on a part-time basis. The program is designed as a cohort model, with each new cohort beginning in the summer. Courses are fully online. Students are required to take two courses each semester (summer, fall and spring) and attend a one week on-campus "residency". 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. 

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Each applicant must have a master of education degree or a 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 STEM teacher or other roles in STEM within the district e.g. elementary STEM coordinator; mathematics coach.  Applicants should be interested in research into and the role of STEM 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., or to request for further information please contact the Doctoral Coordinator

For students admitted prior to summer 2016, please review the Ed.D. Mathematics and Science Education handbook (pdf).

Program Faculty