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Doctor of Education in Leadership in Schooling, Ed.D.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell's Ed.D. degrees offer professional educators the opportunity to complete a terminal degree. Graduates are able to pursue leadership roles in K-12 districts or instructional roles in education departments in higher education. These programs emphasize the development of thoughtful and reflective scholar practitioners. Please note that this degree does not lead to licensure. For more information on licensure programs for Massachusetts teachers, explore our M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees.

All UMass Lowell Ed.D. candidates receive a degree in Leadership in Schooling, but within this, some may choose to pursue an option in STEM education (see Leadership in Schooling STEM Program of Study).

Program Format

Students complete the program as members of a cohort. Newly accepted students begin their studies in the middle of May each year, during the University's Summer semester. Students are expected to take 2 courses each semester, and they complete their program over a three-year period. Courses are offered entirely online during the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters, however there is a one-week, Summer Residency required every year.

Applications for the Ed.D. program will be reviewed in September and April each year. The deadline for the September review is August 15; the deadline for the April review is March 31.

Questions about the Ed.D. program should be sent to the Doctoral Coordinator Stacy Szczesiul at Stacy_Szczesiul@uml.edu.

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Ed.D. Leadership in Schooling Program of Study

- (see alternatively the Leadership in Schooling STEM Program of Study)

The Ed.D. is structured as a cohort model, beginning each summer. Students are expected to take 2 courses each semester. Courses are completely online. A one-week, summer residency is required each year.

Course Descriptions

EDUC.6440 Foundations for Practitioner Scholars

This course will introduce students to seminal and recent work in the fields of philosophy, history, and psychology as they relate to education. Students will critically examine research and scholarly theory in these fields and their relationship to PK-12 Practice. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


EDUC.6910 Developing Inclusive School Contexts

This course will introduce students to theory and research about structural inequities, barriers to education, and promising practices for addressing these barriers. Students will examine theory and research and implications for practice in PK-12 Leadership. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


EDUC.6911 Applied Research Design

This course is designed to provide PK-12 practitioners with an understanding of the principles of research design and the ethical responsibilities of conducting a research study. Participants will learn a broad range of research methodology approaches that can be applied to problems of practice. Participants will become skilled at reading, evaluating, and judging the trustworthiness of studies using different methodology approaches. They will design a practitioner-oriented research study. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


EDUC.6920 Law, Policy, and Finance

In this course students will examine scholarship and research in the areas of law, policy and finance as these affect educational practice. They will analyze law, policy and finance and its implications for leaders in PK-12 schools and school systems. 3 credits.


EDUC.6921 Quantitative Data Analysis for Practitioner Leaders

The primary focus of this course is to prepare practitioner leaders to understand, interpret, and analyze quantitative data as it relates to their identified problem of practice. 3 credits.


EDUC.6930 Organizational Learning

This course will introduce students to research and theory in the field of organizational learning and its application to PK-12 practice. Students will study the origins, evolution and contemporary findings of research in this field. Students will explore the practical implications of organizational learning for PK-12 leadership. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


EDUC.6931 Qualitative Data Analysis for Practitioner Leaders

This course will introduce practitioner leaders to the field of qualitative research and prepare them with the skills, techniques and knowledge necessary to conduct qualitative investigation in a practitioner-oriented research study. 3 credits.


EDUC.6940 Systems Leadership I

Drawing on organizational, management, and educational scholarship, this course introduces students to concepts and practices associated with strategic systems leadership. Students will apply their understandings of how to leverage both formal and informal sources of influence in their analysis of relevant teaching cases and the data they collect in an extensive field study project. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


EDUC.6950 Systems Leadership II

building on the core concepts and practices introduced in Systems Leadership I, this course focuses specifically on how effective leaders use data to understand and address the challenges of their operation environment. Importantly, the course focuses on not only the technical knowledge and skills leaders need to use data as a lever for improvement at scale, but on the adaptive leadership skills required for meaningful systems change. 3 credits.


EDUC.6960 Strategic Partnering with Families and Communities

This course will critically examine the variety of issues associated with partnering with parents, families and community organizations. Through analysis of theory, research and collective knowledge, doctoral students will learn how to strategically engage parents, families and community organizations and recognize the different forms of engagement. This course will emphasize collaborative strategies that "shares power" with key stakeholders in U.S. schools. 3 credits.


EDUC.7530 Doctoral Dissertation/Education

Please speak with your advisor for details. 3 credits.


Ed.D. Program Requirements

The Ed.D. requires completion of 42 credits beyond the master's or education specialist (CAGS) degree. Nine of these credits are focused on dissertation research. The research for the Ed.D. is applied in nature and may examine an issue pertinent to a local setting. The Ed.D. program requires completion of 11 online courses (33 cr) and 9 credits of dissertation research support through online dissertation seminars. Additionally, candidates must attend a week-long summer residency each year they are in the program.

In order to complete either degree, candidates must:

  • Complete the required minimum number of credits in the specified program;
  • Complete all courses, including residency requirements, with a cumulative grade point average of B or better;
  • Have no more than two courses below the grade of B counted toward their degree;
  • Pass two doctoral examinations;
  • Satisfactorily complete and defend a dissertation proposal;
  • Satisfactorily complete and defend the dissertation;
  • Submit all required paperwork at each stage of the degree;
  • Maintain continuing matriculation if not enrolled in coursework or dissertation research credit;
  • Conform to all human subjects requirements for research as specified by the Institutional Research Board (IRB);
  • Complete the program within eight years from the date of admission.

Registration

The Division of Online & Continuing Education offers courses during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Approximately two months prior to the start of each semester, we post the upcoming semester course schedule on our website. Once you know which course(s) you would like to take, current students can register using SIS Self-Service, while new students, who have not already applied and been accepted into a program, must use the Non-Degree Registration Form.

You may take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet the particular course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in class.

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Tuition

Please refer to our tuition and fees page for up-to-date pricing information or refer to the Online & Continuing Education Course Bulletin that is published each semester.

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Restrictions

RESIDENTS OF Arkansas, Kansas and Minnesota: State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Due to these regulations, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is unable to accept applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu in Online & Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.

Please Note: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented within this website, the Division of Online & Continuing Education reserves the right to implement new rules and regulations and to make changes of any nature in its program, calendar, locations, tuition and fees. Whenever possible, appropriate notice of such changes will be given before they become effective. In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master of education degree or master's degree in a field relevant to PK-12 education that prepares him/her for advanced study. Additionally, applicants should have recent teaching and/or leadership experience in a PK-12 setting and be interested in research and the role of leaders in schools. Candidates who are interested in higher education administration should speak with the Graduate Coordinator before submitting an application.
  • Submit an online application and fee through the office of Graduate Admissions.
  • A two-page admission essay explaining your experience in PK-12 education and your reasons for wishing to enter doctoral study
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • All official transcripts
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Fees

There is a $50 application fee when you apply into this graduate degree program. Please see the Student Financial Services website for more information.

Restrictions

RESIDENTS OF Arkansas, Kansas and Minnesota: State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Due to these regulations, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is unable to accept applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu in Online & Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.