With the new school year upon us, educators and school administrators alike often set their sights on the near future, and begin the reflective process of deciding which options to take to take their careers to the next level.
A new degree offering beginning in 2020 at Holy Family University, the Doctor of Education in Educational and Organizational Leadership, gives educators an array of fresh career opportunities, as well as many practical applications to take back to their home schools and school districts.
Students following the all-online recommended course sequence can expect to complete the program in three-and-a-half years (including the dissertation process).
Concentrations and Possible Career Outcomes
Dr. Kevin Zook, Dean of Holy Family’s School of Education, notes that the degree’s core classes are focused on leadership and research. He also notes that students can select one of four concentrations within the program, each offering distinctive career trajectories, some outside the realm of traditional K – 12 classroom education:
Organizational Leadership – Offers a business perspective on organizational leadership and prepares individuals to lead a wide variety of non-profit, for-profit, and community organizations.
School Leadership and Administration with Pennsylvania Principal Certification – Prepares teachers and other school personnel to obtain Pennsylvania certification to serve as a public school principal (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade).
School Leadership and Administration with Pennsylvania Superintendent Letter of Eligibility – Prepares school administrators to obtain Pennsylvania certification to serve as a public school district superintendent.
Curriculum and Instruction with Pennsylvania Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) Certification – Prepares teachers and other school personnel to provide leadership in school curriculum models and instructional practices. Individuals may also apply for Pennsylvania certification to serve as a supervisor of curriculum and instruction (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) in a public school district (pending approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education).
In addition to courses centered on the four concentrations, candidates are required to prepare a dissertation. The dissertation can be chosen from among three broad topics: Special education, program assessment and evaluation, or language and literacy. The dissertation is intended to be applicable to a candidate’s own home school district or personal interests.
Upon completion of the degree, Holy Family graduates are ready not just for jobs in schools, but for inspiring careers centered around a set of guiding core principles. Dr. Zook elaborates: “Our master’s and doctoral programs at Holy Family are designed to prepare leaders for the field of education and beyond. Our courses are taught by experienced educators who are dedicated to infusing their teaching with our mission and core values: family, respect, integrity, service and responsibility, learning, and vision. Our graduates are prepared to pursue a wide variety of opportunities in school administration and community leadership.”
Learn more about Holy Family University’s curriculum of Doctor of Education in Educational and Organizational Leadership program.