Nov 12, 2018  
2007-2008 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2007-2008 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Educational and Policy Leadership, Ed.D.

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Assistant Professor Byrne-Jimenez, Graduate Program Co-Director, (516) 463-5763,
Assistant Professor Lightfoot, Graduate Program Co-Director, (516) 463-5997,

Program Overview

The program in educational and policy leadership leading to the doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree is designed for those who wish to develop the conceptual understanding and analytical skills needed to provide transformative leadership in complex educational organizations. Emphasizing theory, research, and policy, the program provides an opportunity for candidates to work in learning communities with faculty to develop a deeper understanding of themselves as educators, leaders, policy makers, and policy advocates as they develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the quality of student learning through creative, flexible, visionary, humane, and ethical leadership.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a master’s degree and submit the following materials, in addition to the application:

  1. A detailed resume of professional and related experiences.
  2. A statement of purpose for advanced study in context of personal and professional goals.
  3. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate study.
  4. Three departmental recommendation forms.
  5. A score at or above the 55th percentile on one of the following admissions examinations: Miller Analogy Test, GRE, GMAT, LSAT.
  6. An interview with the doctoral director.

If accepted for matriculation, the student must have access to a computer, preferably a laptop, and e-mail.

Application Deadline

Core courses normally begin in fall, but applications are reviewed for admission throughout the year. To be considered for financial aid, applications must be received by May 1.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 79 minimum

The minimum course requirements for the doctorate is 79 semester hours beyond completion of a master’s degree. Candidates may be required, however, to complete more than 79 s.h. upon the recommendation of departmental faculty. The doctoral program consists of three components.

Phase I: Certificate of Advanced Study - Semester Hours: 30

This phase qualifies eligible students for New York state certification as School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL). Applicants who have completed an approved certification program at another university may transfer a maximum of 24 credits toward this requirement.    

Phase II: Advanced Professional Studies - Semester Hours: 40

Requirements consist of the doctoral core, distributed and other electives. For distributed electives, candidates may choose from courses listed below, as well as special workshop offerings. Candidates complete core requirements as a learning community. In addition to course work, candidates must complete written competency requirements in critical analysis and synthesis of scholarly work and research design and analysis and also satisfy residency requirements. Those who complete course requirements for Phase I and Phase II, the written competency examination, and the Doctoral Oral Examination A are eligible to receive the professional diploma.

Research - Semester Hours: 16

Distributed Electives: Semester Hours: 9

Select one course from each area.

1. Philosophical and Personal Reflection on Leadership - Semester Hours: 3

Other Electives - Semester Hours: 9

Selected with advisement from courses offered in the School of Education and Allied Human Services as well as from other graduate programs.

Phase III: Doctoral Dissertation - Semester Hours: 9 minimum

Following completion of the Doctoral Oral Exam A: A Self-Assessment of Personal Learning, candidates begin the final phase of the program, involving a minimum of nine semester hours.  Students may work with faculty and peers to develop a dissertation study or project (EADM 601) or, depending on their readiness, they may develop the proposal through individual consultation with the dissertation adviser (EADM 602). The effort culminates in a presentation of the proposal (Doctoral Exam B) and, upon its completion, presentation of the dissertation, (Doctoral Exam C). In preparing the proposal, students may register for EADM 601 and/or EADM 602, on advisement, for a maximum of four semesters.  Once the proposal is accepted, students may apply up to six semester hours toward dissertation requirements.  Failing to complete the dissertation proposal within four semesters is grounds for dismissal. After the proposal is formally approved, students register for dissertation advisement (EADM 604) each semester until the dissertation is approved. Once the dissertation is accepted, students may apply up to six s.h. toward the dissertation requirements. If students must interrupt work toward the degree, they must request a waiver and must maintain matriculation (see University Policies).  

Additional Program Requirements

In addition to the course work and dissertation requirements, students will complete the following:

  • A written competency examination consisting of two parts:
    • Competency in Critical Analysis and Synthesis of Scholarly Work
    • Competency in Research Design and Analysis
  • Doctoral Oral Examination A: A Self-Assessment of Personal Learning
  • Doctoral Plan of Residency
  • Doctoral Examination B: Proposal Hearing
  • Doctoral Examination C: Dissertation Oral

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all program requirements.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.

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