The doctor of education in educational leadership (Ed.D.) is designed to provide educators with the capacity to conduct and use research to address educational issues at all levels. Those who earn the Ed.D. and complete an internship will be prepared for Pennsylvania Department of Education certification in principalship. The degree, an internship and one additional course prepare students for a superintendent's letter of eligibility.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to demonstrate the leadership to implement school-based action plans, assess the needs and accomplishments of students and faculty, and participate in curriculum development and evaluation. A distinguishing feature of the progam is the emphasis on ethical issues that are relevant to the profession. Educators, schools and school districts face ethical challenges on a daily basis. The Ed.D. program -- firmly rooted in Franciscan philosophy of respect, justice and service -- will challenge doctoral students to identify and address issues that raise ethical concerns.
The program is open to educators in public, private, and religious-based schools. It includes a three-year course of evening study and a dissertation.