Online Program with a 1-Week, On-Campus Residency Each Summer
Doctor of Education in Leadership in Schooling: STEM Option, Ed.D.
Do you teach Science, Technology, Engineering or Math? UMass Lowell's STEM Option for the Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. allows STEM educators to dive deep in their research on educational leadership in these critical knowledge areas.
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UMass Lowell's Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. STEM Option, is designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educators who wish advance their skills as researchers and instructional leaders of PK-12 programs. Individuals who work in STEM fields in higher education may also find the program of value, but must recognize that the leadership aspects are focused on PK-12.
Interested applicants follow the same admission procedures and program requirements as those in the general Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. program, but they follow the STEM Program of Study listed below.
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.
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.
This blended course explores the ongoing efforts to improve the equity and quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.By examining a series of STEM education reform efforts form the local, state, and national levels, students will gain a practical and theoretical understanding of both the historical role policy plays in education and its chronic shortcomings. Students will investigate an example of a local example of STEM reform and report on it to the class from a reform perspective. Finally, the educator's role in implementing effective reform in is considered. 3 credits.
Educators in this course will explore and analyze current research in STEM education, investigate how student performance data informs school and district program decision making, learn how to lead and empower teachers in the mapping of STEM curriculum across grade levels, and develop strategies to develop effective district-wide STEM professional development for K-12 educators. 3 credits.
This course examines key crosscutting issues that enable STEM teachers to understand how knowledge is obtained and verified. During the course you will explore the theoretical foundations and research that would help you to better understand the nature of cognitive processes, the development of STEM reasoning abilities, and applications for teaching. 3 credits.
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.
CSCE Graduate Restrictions
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.
CSCE Graduate Restrictions
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.
CSCE Graduate Restrictions
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.
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.
CSCE Graduate Restrictions
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.
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.
Please speak with your advisor for details. 3 credits.
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Tuition for UMass Lowell Online and Continuing Education students is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.
|Per credit-contact hr.|
|Undergraduate Face-to-Face Courses and Audit||$340.00|
|Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online courses and Audit)||$380.00|
|Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit||$385.00|
|Graduate Online, On-Campus, and Off-Campus Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Online, MBA in Haverhill, MSIT, Masters in Engineering Management, and Education Courses)||$575.00|
|Graduate Education Courses||$470.00||MSIT and Masters in Engineering Management** Online Courses||$590.00|
|Manning School of Business* Graduate Online Courses||$655.00|
|MBA Graduate Courses in Haverhill||$835.00|
|Registration Fee per Term (non-refundable)||$30.00|
|Late Fee for Non Payment||$50.00|
|Fee for Undergraduate Degree Application||$60.00|
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