Program Highlights & Benefits
Combination of online and face-to-face
3.5 years completion time, including holiday breaks
Finish one course every eight weeks
No weekend classes
Program offered in Upper Darby and Northeast Philadelphia only.
Candidates interested in becoming effective and ethical leaders for schools and communities who can make significant contributions to their fields of knowledge through applied research.
Candidates who are interested in becoming eligible for a Principal K-12 certificate must have a valid teaching certificate and at least three years of professional school experience.
Candidates who are interested in becoming eligible for Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility must provide evidence of six years of instructional, educational specialist and supervisory and administrative service of which at least three of the six years must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.
What You Learn
Goals of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Professional Studies:
- To provide a research-based education program that facilitates the development of innovative and ethical school and community leaders.
- To offer a program that is flexible and is designed for working practitioners allowing them to expand their practice and leadership skills through concentrated interdisciplinary coursework and research.
How You Learn
Classes will be offered in 8-week sessions using a combination of the following formats:
Blended Option: Courses delivered using the blended format meet face-to-face for three nights out of each 8-week course. Face-to-face class sessions will be held from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m., the same night of the week for the entire program. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class.
Online Option: In courses delivered using the online format, face-to-face class meetings are not required. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically.
Face to Face: A portion of this program will be conducted in a traditional face to face setting with classes meetings two nights per week.
Graduates of the program will possess skills and knowledge to function as effective leaders in a wide variety of education-related fields. Those who complete the principal or superintendent certification option will be prepared to pursue administrative positions in Pennsylvania K-12 schools. In addition, graduates of the program may pursue leadership opportunities in fields such as higher education, non-profit community organizations, and educational publishing and consulting.
This is only an introduction to the program. Coursework may occur in a different order.
Students who follow the course sequence will finish the program in three years and one semester. This timeline includes completing the dissertation, for which a high degree of structure and guidance will be provided. Students develop their dissertation research projects by selecting one of the following general topic areas: (a) Language and Literacy, (b) Disability, and (c) Post-Secondary Education and Assessment.
*Professional Studies Elective: In close consultation with the student’s advisor and the permission of the doctoral program faculty, the student will choose a field of interest and establish a sequence of courses which will meet his or her goals.