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Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership


Program Rationale:
The doctorate in education (Ed.D.) has been designed for delivery to a cohort of full-time educational professionals on weekends, evenings, and during the summer. The program has many innovative features and serves teachers and administrators in PreK–12 education who want to prepare for a variety of leadership positions: principals, lead teachers, department heads, curriculum and assessment specialists, assistant superintendents, and superintendents. The Ed.D. is based on the premise that learning takes place through an integration of course work and experiences that stem from a clear conception of leadership, the knowledge base of the field, and a structure that allows doctoral students and faculty to collaborate on shared work improving education in the State of Connecticut.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Students are expected to:

• create collaborative learning communities which reflect sensitivity to the ethical and moral obligations of leaders to design and implement programs that promote positive learning for all;

• create and sustain a powerful vision of teaching and learning that promotes individual and organizational learning through assessment, professional development, program evaluation, and action research;

• demonstrate an appreciation for diversity by creating a culture of success that is connected to salient historical,  philosophical, cultural, community, and political contexts;

• use technology to support and advance learning, improve communication, and process information; and

• research, collect, analyze, and interpret data that informs the change process; evaluate research critically; apply research to determine best practice; and provide leadership research that improves teaching and learning.


Admissions Requirements:

New cohorts begin during summer session of odd years.  Application deadline is December 1 of even numbered years (December 1, 2012 for the 2013 Cohort; December 1, 2014 for the 2015 cohort; etc).

To be considered for admission to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, applicants must have earned a master’s degree in an appropriate discipline or professional field and have professional goals that are consistent with the goals and beliefs of the program. Admission to the program is open to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, sex, religion, physical disability, or national origin.


Admission Criteria

The follow minimum criteria have been established for admission into the Ed.D. Program:

1. Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a discipline or professional field that is relevant to

the Ed.D. Program

2. 3.00 GPA on all graduate coursework

3. Two positive letters of reference from leaders in education familiar with the applicant’s work

4. Detailed résumé that illustrates important work-related experiences

5. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (within five years of admission and including a writing assessment)

6. An acceptable personal statement covering three important topics:

    -Career goals

    -Reasons for pursuing a doctorate

    -Ability and commitment to devote four weeks to summer study for the first two summers of the program and some additional on-campus summer study during the third or fourth summers

7. If selected as a finalist, a satisfactory interview with the admission committee


Admission Process

The admission application for the Ed.D. can be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies website and the Ed.D. Program admission packet can be found on the program website. Admission decisions are determined by a faculty admissions committee.

The admission process calls for submission of materials to two locations: Office of Graduate Admissions, and the Ed.D. Program Office.  Graduate Admissions (102 Barnard Hall) should receive the CCSU Graduate Application Form, application fee, and official transcripts from every college that you have attended except Central Connecticut State University.

You must send the following directly to the Ed.D. Program in 320 Barnard Hall:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from educational leaders on the form provided in the admission packet.
  2. Your essay attached to the form in the admission packet
  3. Your resumé.
  4. Your GRE scores.  When requesting that scores by sent, use GRE reporting code 3143 to assure that the Ed.D. office receives your scores.  

Program of Study

The program is divided into four major components: (1) a required core in educational leadership; (2) a specialty area; (3) a series of inquiry-oriented seminars; and (4) the dissertation component. These components and the credits required in each component are summarized below.

Component I:

Core in Educational Leadership (18 credits)

Component II:

Specialty area in one of the following (15credits):

• Administrative Leadership

• Curriculum and Literacy

Component III:

Inquiry Seminars (16 credits)

Component IV:

Capstone: Dissertation and Dissemination

(14 credits)

Total: minimum 63 credits


Component I establishes the foundational core of the program with particular emphasis in education leadership and teaching and learning. Four core courses are required of all candidates. Courses include: EDF 700; EDL 701, 702, 705; and EDT 700. All courses in the core are open only to Ed.D. students. Nine credits of the core courses are taken during the initial summer of study and another nine credits are completed during the second summer. Component II includes a specialty area of the student’s choice. Two specializations are available:

Administrative Leadership. This specialization is for students who aspire for administrative positions in public schools. It could lead to certification for intermediate administrator (a State of Connecticut Educational Leadership, Doctor of Education certificate) and the superintendency, but certification is not the emphasis of this specialization.

Curriculum and Literacy. This specialization is for students who plan leadership careers in PK–12 settings such as reading and curriculum specialists. It includes courses in literacy, curriculum, and instructional leadership.Component III of the program includes research courses, field-based inquiry projects, and a series of seminars designed to help students understand the processes of inquiry. Component III leads into and facilitates Component IV. Component IV is the completion of the dissertation and dissemination of the results of the students’ study to appropriate audiences. Special course work in research and ongoing inquiry projects will culminate with the completion of the student’s dissertation. More information about all of these components is available on the program’s website.


Candidate Assessment

The curriculum of the Ed.D. program has been designed to align with national and state standards for doctoral studies in the field of educational leadership and with the program’s conceptual framework. Prior to being granted the Ed.D. degree, each candidate completes a dissertation and demonstrates proficiency on each program standard. Criteria for judging performance on other standards are described in the Assessment and Dissertation Handbook. During the second year of the program, each Ed.D. candidate completes a summative electronic portfolio. This portfolio consists of evidence (artifacts, evaluations, projects, and reflections) gathered from the beginning of the program. All entries must be tied to the program’s conceptual framework and to the program’s advanced leadership standards. Candidates present their portfolios to a committee of faculty, including their dissertation advisors.


Course and Capstone Requirements:

Foundational Core (18 credits):

EDF 700 The Purposes of Education in America 3

EDL 705 Leadership to Promote Effective Teaching & Learning 6

EDT 700 Topics in Leadership for Technology in Schools 3

EDL 701 Leading Organizational Change I: Theory 3

EDL 702 Leading Organizational Change II: Program Development & Evaluation

3 Inquiry Seminars and Dissertation (30 credits required; up to six additional credits optional):

EDL 710 Inquiry Seminar I: The Study of Human & Organizational Learning 2

EDL 711 Inquiry Seminar II: Quantitative and Qualitative Research I 3

EDL 712 Inquiry Seminar III: Quantitative and Qualitative Research II 3

EDL 713 Inquiry Seminar IV: Study of Organizational Change 2

EDL 714 Inquiry Seminar V: Advanced Research Design 3

EDL 715 Inquiry Seminar VI: The Dissertation Proposal 3

EDL 716 Inquiry Seminar VII: Dissertation I 2

EDL 717 Inquiry Seminar VIII: Dissertation II 5

EDL 718 Inquiry Seminar IX: Dissertation III 5

EDL 719 Inquiry Seminar X: Dissertation IV (may be repeated for up to 6 credits over three calendar years)

EDL 720 Inquiry Seminar XI: Disseminating Research Findings 2

Specialty Study (15 credits of electives in Administrative Leadership or Curriculum and Literacy): Administrative Leadership

EDL 610 School Leadership I 3

EDL 611 School Leadership II 3

EDL 615 Understanding External Environments of School Leadership I 3

EDL 616 Understanding External Environments of School Leadership II 3

EDL 634 Seminar in Curriculum Development 3

EDL 652 Advanced Topics in Educational Leadership 1–6

EDL 681 The Superintendency I: Leading District Operations 3

EDL 682 The Superintendency II: Board and Public Relations 3

EDL 695 Internship: The Superintendency I 3

EDL 696 Internship: The Superintendency II 3

EDL 697 Readings and Conference 1–6 (repeated for up to 6 credits)

EDL 690 Internship in Educational Leadership I 2

EDL 691 Internship in Educational Leadership II 2

EDL 692 Internship in Educational Leadership III 2Curriculum and Literacy

RDG 667 Multicultural Literature in the Classroom 3

RDG 675 Reading and Writing as Integrated Process 3

RDG 680 Current Trends and Issues in Reading and Language Arts 3

RDG 686 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Populations II 3

RDG 698 Research Seminar 3

RDG 700 Seminar in Literacy 3

EDL 634 Seminar in Curriculum Development 3

EDL 652 Advanced Topics in Educational Leadership 1–6

EDL 697 Readings and Conference 1–6 (repeated for up to 6 credits)


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