The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership serves practitioners from schools, districts, higher education, and other educational environments.
The Ed.D. program improves the leadership and decision making capabilities of practitioners in educational organizations. Twenty-first century educators work in complex organizations with complex problems. Educational leaders are expected to make important decisions that influence teaching and learning, the core function of educational institutions. Effective leaders must access, analyze, and communicate relevant information, and, when they lack the information they need, know how to gather it. The Ed.D. program equips candidates with the knowledge, skills, and tools to gather and utilize information effectively in decision-making and problem-solving related to organizational improvement.
The Ed.D program’s 27 credit core is built around the themes of leadership, educational improvement, and evidence-based decision making. Coursework builds practitioners’ knowledge and skills in scholarly analysis, empirical inquiry, organizational analysis, improvement planning strategies, and oral and written communication as well as in substantive domains of leadership theory, curriculum, technology, and education policy. Fifteen credits of elective options allow students to pursue their academic interests, professional preparation needs, and career goals. The program is grounded in the Educational Leadership Program Standards developed by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. Candidates in K-12 leadership positions can earn Delaware administrative certification (School Leader Licensure I and II).
The Doctor of Education represents the highest level of scholarly attainment in the professional field of education. As intellectual and professional leaders, Ed.D. graduates are expected to inspire and lead by taking on complex problems and designing solutions across a broad range of K-12, higher education, and educational environments.
For more information about this program, please contact the program coordinator Dr. Joan Buttram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Education Leadership Portfolio
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- Difference between the Ed.D. and Ph.D.