Educational Leadership in Higher Education Program (Ed.D.)

  • Program Overview

    Develop the skill and experience for a leadership role in the administration of a college, university, nonprofit agency, or school.

    Leadership in higher education institutions requires creativity, flexibility, strategic thinking, an entrepreneurial stance, and a respect for student-centered institutions. Our Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education will help you build your expertise as a leader and make a difference in the field.

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

    • A highly personalized approach: A small student cohort keeps the student /teacher ratio low and the level of support high. You will develop career-long professional relationships.
    • Apprenticeship experience: A unique apprenticeship offers the chance to experience new perspectives, build a professional network, expand career options, and add the next skill level in leadership.
    • Blended learning environment: Excellent online courses combined with in-person learning experiences provide you with high-quality, flexible learning, as well as opportunities to develop relationships and long-term partnerships.

    Interested in trying one of our classes before applying? Email Dr. Lynne Celli, program director, at Review doctoral program admission requirements here.

  • Curriculum

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will: 

    • Demonstrate knowledge of higher education's history and major developments with an emphasis on small and mid-size colleges and universities.
    • Demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary for senior administrative and leadership roles in higher education.
    • Apply effective and thoughtful research skills to representative decisions typical of those required of higher education leaders; including academic and student life issues.
    • Demonstrate mastery of specializations within the professional and senior level administrative skills.
    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage at the doctoral level in intellectual discourse within their area of interest.
    • Complete an original research dissertation in an area of study that will enhance the scholarship of the field of higher education.
    • Demonstrate collaborative attitude and behavior as a member of a cohort team.
    • Develop a disposition that embraces diverse perspectives, is open to multiple world views, and value driven leadership practices.  

    Required Curriculum

    EDL 701 - History and Administration of Small Colleges
    EDL 715 - Research Methods I: Qualitative
    EDL 720 - Transformational Leadership in Contemporary Education
    EDL 725 - Diversity, Access, and Equity in Education
    EDL 735 - Research Methods II: Quantitative
    EDL 738 - Ethical Leadership in Education
    EDL 746 - Finance, Budget, and Operations
    EDL 752A - Research Methods III: Program Evaluation/Action Research
    EDL 755A - Dissertation Study Part I
    EDL 755B - Dissertation Study Part II
    EDL 755C - Dissertation Study Part III
    EDL 760 - Student Development: History and Issues
    EDL 762 - Leading in a Technological World
    EDL 764 - Theories and Practice in Academic Leadership
    EDL 768 - Teaching, Learning & Institutional Culture in Higher Education
    EDL 771A - Administrative Apprenticeship Higher Education: Part I
    EDL 771B - Administrative Apprenticeship Higher Education: Part II

    Total Degree Requirements - 51 credits

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  • Careers and Internships

    An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

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