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Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership
Wilkes University’s Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is a post-master’s program that capitalizes on the existing strengths of current graduate-level education programs in educational technology and leadership. All areas require 60 post-master’s credits for completion, including 12 credits of research and 9 credits of dissertation.
The program's curriculum is currently under revision. We will be accepting applicants for Fall 2014 beginning in January of 2014.
The Educational Leadership programs available for 2014 include:
K-12 Administration with Pennsylvania Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility (must hold PA Principal or Supervisory certificate at time of admission)--Program is approved by the PA Dept. of Education
Curriculum and Instruction Concentration (under revision)
General Educational Leadership Concentration (under revision)
Each program cohort will include 20 to 25 students. These will begin in fall semesters. The curriculum comprises 60 post-master’s credits, which include leadership core courses, concentation courses, 12 research credits, and 9 dissertation credits. All classes are offered in a blended or hybrid format with both online and face-to-face class sessions. It is anticipated that students will take 12 credits a year toward the degree, completing course work in about four years before beginning dissertation development.
Applied Studies and Research
Core courses are designed to meet challenges faced by educational leaders. The program is built around the concept of developing scholarly practitioners with a core of applied research embedded in courses that will provide continuous opportunities for current and future educational leaders to apply knowledge in the classroom and in the field to improve the profession and education for all students. The dissertation and defense are the capstone for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
Note: K-12 Principal or PA Instructional Technology Specialist certificates are available through master's department programs at Wilkes.