Ed.D./Ph.D. Educational Leadership

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This program is designed to meet the needs of practicing school leaders, current teachers, or candidates interested in organizational leadership.

This program can be completed in as little as 54 credits for the Ed.D. or 66 credits for the Ph.D. with transfer of appropriate Master’s degree.

Our vision is to prepare candidates with the tools to strategically plan, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate circumstances with informed models of decision-making. The School of Business is collaborating with the School of Education to share their expertise to fully prepare future leaders.

This unique program is designed to develop candidates into leaders, and to have the most current research and a blend of best leadership practices from across the United States. Students can choose from these concentrations:

  • K-12 Leadership
  • Special Education Leadership
  • Higher Education Leadership

This program supports the mission of Caldwell University and connects theory and practice in a problem-solving-based program. Emphasis on decision-making skills for educational leaders integrates the core doctoral course content with courses designed to prepare students to serve as school leaders. The state standards and regional and national hallmarks are substantiated in this comprehensive curriculum for school leaders.

Admission Requirements Program Design Ed.D. Track Curriculum Ph.D. Track Curriculum

Note: The application deadline for the Ed.D/Ph.D. program is July 15 for fall admission only. The application fee is waived for graduates  and former students of Caldwell University.

  • A completed master’s degree in education or related field from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.6 cumulative grade point average
  • Official transcripts of your academic record from each graduate school attended; if you attended Caldwell University, the Office of Graduate Admission will secure your official Caldwell transcript
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation appraising your capacity for doctoral studies.
  •  A copy of your completed action research paper/thesis, a published article, grant writing, or sample of substantive job embedded writing
  • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE/MAT requirement has been suspended for applicants for the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. The scores are currently not required.  
  • Resume
  • Personal Interview, if necessary

The Ed.D./Ph.D. Educational Leadership program is designed as a three-year accelerated executive program to meet the flexible learning needs of busy working professionals. Each course will be offered in an eight-week segment that meets every third weekend on both Friday evening and Saturday. Students will focus on two classes per semester.

All candidates should have career experience and licensure or certifications for their specific strands of concentration.

Experienced faculty who are practicing professionals, school leaders, and scholars in academia provide stimulus that will challenge students’ curiosity and intellectual growth. The small, family-like atmosphere in the cohort model is conducive to providing support and mentoring opportunities that will prepare students for future leadership opportunities.

General Core (24 credits)

  • ED 701 – Policy Analysis and School Reform (3)
  • ED/BU 702 – Leadership Skill Development (3)
  • ED 703 – Statistics for Educational Research and Decision-making (3)
  • ED/BU 704 – Organizational Change and Development Organization Theory and Design (3)
  • ED 705 – Global Societies and Leadership (3)
  • ED 706 – Testing, Measurement and Data Informed Decision-making (3)
  • ED/BU 707 – Coaching, Teams and Managerial Development Executive Development Seminar: Leadership, Successful Teams and Effective Coaching (3)
  • ED 708 – Ethical Leadership and School Leaders (3)

Concentrations (Choose One)

  • K-12 Leadership (15 credits)
    • ED 709 – Implications of Federal, State, and Local Economies and Politics on Education (3)
    • ED 710 – School Safety and Security for K-12 School Leaders (3)
    • ED 711 – Legal Perspectives and Labor Relations (3)
    • ED 714 – Public/Private Administration N-12 (3)
    • ED 716 – Technology Based Learning and Management Systems (3)
  • Special Education Leadership (15 credits)
    • ED 709 – Implications of Federal, State, and Local Economies and Politics on Education (3)
    • ED 712 – Managing Conflict and Navigating Legal Problem (3)
    • ED 713 – Supervising Special Education Personnel and Working Effectively with School Administration (3)
    • ED 715 – Managing Special Education Programs and Creating Partnerships & Adapting General Education Initiatives (3)
    • ED 716 – Technology Based Learning and Management Systems (3)
  • Higher Education Leadership (15 credits)
    • ED 709 – Implications of Federal, State, and Local Economies and Politics on Education (3)
    • ED 716 – Technology Based Learning and Management Systems (3)
    • ED 717 – Organization and Governance & Finance in Higher Education (3)
    • ED 718 – Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in Higher Education (3)
    • ED 719 – Higher Education and Teaching (3)

Research Core (12 credits)

  • ED 740 – Qualitative and Quantitative Research (3)
  • ED 741 – Dissertation Research (3)
  • ED 742 – Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)
  • ED 745 – Dissertation Continuation (3)

Elective (3 credits)

  • An additional 3 credit course from a concentration other than the one selected

Total: 54 Credits + 36 credits with transfer of appropriate Master’s degree

*Please note that students may not receive a letter grade of C in more than one course. Students will be required to repeat any course in which they earn a grade of C- or below, or their second C.

General Core (36 credits)

  • ED 701 – Policy Analysis and School Reform (3)
  • ED/BU 702 – Leadership Skill Development (3)
  • ED 703 – Statistics for Educational Research and Decision-making (3)
  • ED/BU 704 – Organizational Change and Development Organization Theory and Design (3)
  • ED 705 – Global Societies and Leadership (3)
  • ED 706  -Testing, Measurement and Data Informed Decision-making (3)
  • ED/BU 707 – Coaching, Teams and Managerial Development Executive Development Seminar: Leadership, Successful Teams and Effective Coaching (3)
  • ED 708 – Ethical Leadership and School Leaders (3)
  • ED 730 – Theoretical Research (3)
  • ED 731 – Comparative Research (3)
  • ED 732 – Multivariate Statistics (3)
  • ED 733 – Advanced Qualitative Research (3)

Concentrations (Choose One)

  • K-12 Leadership (15 credits)
    • ED 709 – Implications of Federal, State, and Local Economies and Politics on Education (3)
    • ED 710 – School Safety and Security for K-12 School Leaders (3)
    • ED 711 – Legal Perspectives and Labor Relations (3)
    • ED 714 – Public/Private Administration N-12 (3)
    • ED 716 – Technology Based Learning and Management Systems (3)
  • Special Education Leadership (15 credits)
    • ED 709 – Implications of Federal, State, and Local Economies and Politics on Education (3)
    • ED 712 – Managing Conflict and Navigating Legal Problem (3)
    • ED 713 – Supervising Special Education Personnel and Working Effectively with School Administration (3)
    • ED 715 – Managing Special Education Programs and Creating Partnerships & Adapting General Education Initiatives (3)
    • ED 716 – Technology Based Learning and Management Systems (3)
  • Higher Education Leadership (15 credits)
    • ED 709 – Implications of Federal, State, and Local Economies and Politics on Education (3)
    • ED 716 – Technology Based Learning and Management Systems (3)
    • ED 717 – Organization and Governance & Finance in Higher Education (3)
    • ED 718 – Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in Higher Education (3)
    • ED 719 – Higher Education and Teaching (3)

Research Core (12 credits)

  • ED 740 – Qualitative and Quantitative Research (3)
  • ED 741 – Dissertation Research (3)
  • ED 742 – Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3)
  • ED 745 – Dissertation Continuation (3)

Elective (3 credits)

  • An additional 3 credit course from a concentration other than the one selected

Total: 66 Credits + 36 credits with transfer of appropriate Master’s degree

*Please note that students may not receive a letter grade of C in more than one course. Students will be required to repeat any course in which they earn a grade of C- or below, or their second C.

Please send supporting documents to:

Caldwell University
Office of Graduate Admission
120 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, New Jersey 07006

For more information:

call: Graduate Admission at 973-618-3544
email: graduate@caldwell.edu

or contact:
Dr. Joanne Jasmine, Co-Coordinator: jjasmine@caldwell.edu
Dr. Francine Del Vecchio, Co-Coordinator: fdelvecchio@caldwell.edu

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