Educational Leadership in PreK-12 Program (Ed.D.)

  • Program Overview

    Research-based theory and practice meet to help scholar-practitioners address the many challenges in today's educational landscape.

    Our mission is to develop dynamic, transformative, and socially responsible leaders who engage others, value diversity, operate with professional integrity, and believe in the value of enabling and empowering all stakeholders for the creation of high-performing schools and school districts.

    Educational Leadership Program Overview

    The Mentored Cohort Model (MCM) at the center of our doctoral program involves an on-going mentoring relationship between seasoned educational leaders with documented success teamed with aspiring or developing school leaders.

    A two-semester apprenticeship experience provides significant opportunity for demonstration of expanded and applied learning, along with mentor observations and input. The relationship between our Ed.D. candidates and our faculty and advisors is a hallmark of our program.

    This program is offered through a combination of limited weekend instruction, residency, and online courses.

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    Doctoral applicants are required to have earned a master's degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates for the doctoral program must apply to the Van Loan School at Endicott College using the online application found at General application requirements for all doctoral programs include submission of:

    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Current resume and/or curriculum vitae;
    • Three letters of recommendations. Recommendations should address leadership and scholarly potential;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
    • Writing Sample: A short research paper, limit 5-8 pages, (double-spaced, 12 point font, APA format) responding to the following question:
      Choose a contemporary challenge in PreK-12 and provide a research-based synthesis of this issue as well as a personal narrative regarding this challenge. The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of: thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure,
      language, grammar and punctuation. Please be sure that your full name is on the document.
    • An admission interview and/or conference is required of all candidates, which will be scheduled after application review.

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon the completion of this program, students will:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of PreK-12 education's history and major developments leading to contemporary public school curriculum, organization, and leadership structure.
    • Demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary for senior administrative and leadership roles in PreK-12 education.
    • Apply effective and thoughtful research skills to representative decisions typical of those required of PreK-12 leaders.
    • Demonstrate mastery of senior level administrative skills related to the identified PreK-12 building-level or district-level leadership role. 
    • Demonstrate critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage at the doctoral level in intellectual discourse within the area of interest.
    • Complete an original research dissertation in an area of study that will enhance scholarship in the field of PreK-12 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 702 - History of Public Schooling In the United States
    EDL 705 - Principles of School Finance
    EDL 706 - Family-School Engagement
    EDL 715 - Research Methods I: Qualitative
    EDL 720 - Transformational Leadership in Contemporary Education
    EDL 725 - Diversity, Access, and Equity in Education
    EDL 730 - Current Issues in Educational Policy
    EDL 735 - Research Methods II: Quantitative
    EDL 738 - Ethical Leadership in Education
    EDL 739 - Culture and Change in School Organizations
    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 762 - Leading in a Technological World
    EDL 770A - Administrative Apprenticeship: Part I
    EDL 770B - Administrative Apprenticeship: 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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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.