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Educational Leadership in Higher Education (Ed.D.)

  • Program Overview

    Ed.D. in Higher Education Program (51 Credits)

    Leadership in higher education requires creativity, flexibility, strategic thinking, and an understanding of student-centered institutions. Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education will help you become as a leader who can make a difference in the field.

    Our Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education offers:

    • A highly personalized approach: Small cohorts keeps the student/teacher ratio low and the level of support high. You will develop career-long professional relationships with your peers, faculty, and advisors.
    • Apprenticeship experience: A doctoral apprenticeship offers students the chance to build their professional network, expand career options, and hone their leadership skills.

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    Doctoral Admission Requirements 

    Endicott College doctoral students
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 51

    Foundation Courses

    • EDL 730 - Current Issues in Educational Policy (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 703 - History of Higher Education (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 710 - Sociology of Education (Cr: 3)

    Method Courses

    • EDL 716 - Literature Review I (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 736 - Literature Review II (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 715 - Introduction to Qualitative Research (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 735 - Introduction to Quantitative Research (Cr: 3)

    Leadership Courses

    Students Choose two from the following:

    • EDL 708 - Change Leadership in Education (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 738 - Ethical Leadership in Education (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 720 - Transformational Leadership in Contemporary Education (Cr: 3)

    Higher Education Leadership Electives

    Electives - 9 credits

    Students must choose from three of the following:

    • EDL 711 - Prior Learning Assessment Seminar (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 712 - Organizational Consulting: A Fieldwork Approach (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 746 - Finance, Budget, and Operations (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 752A - Action Research (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 760 - Student Development: History and Issues (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 764 - Theories and Practice in Academic Leadership (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 768 - Teaching, Learning & Institutional Culture (Cr: 3)

    Misc Courses

    • EXM 700 - Comprehensive Paper (Cr: 0)

    Experiential Courses

    • EDL 772A/772B - Doctoral Apprenticeship I & II (Cr: 6)

    Dissertation Courses

    • EDL 755A - Dissertation Study Part I (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 755B - Dissertation Study Part II (Cr: 3)
    • EDL 755C - Dissertation Study Part III (Cr: 3)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will:

    • Locate, analyze and synthesize existing research to address problems in the field.
    • ​Apply key concepts, theories, and frameworks from education and related fields of inquiry to critically examine leadership issues and decisions in higher education settings.
    • Utilize social scientific research processes (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods) to develop and evaluate research.
    • Communicate clearly with a scholarly audience via written research, oral presentations, and in dialog with each other.
    • Conduct original scholarship that contributes significantly to the field.

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Endicott College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.