Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), focusing on poverty and technology, is designed to provide rising school district, state level and organizational leaders with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to develop and implement programs that support the Commonwealth’s children in realizing their full academic potential in a wide variety of educational settings.

Joint Doctoral Program

Millersville and Shippensburg Universities are highly regarded for their NCATE-accredited education programs and recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for innovative teacher preparation and administrator training programs.

This program will leverage the strength of Shippensburg's Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility Program, including extensive field experiences and dedicated district-level mentors, with Millersville's expertise in cyber-school and online learning environments.

Working together, both schools are able to better serve the region and the Commonwealth by ensuring breadth and depth among program faculty and course offerings while keeping student costs affordable.

Meet Millersville’s First Doctoral Student

John Anderson interviews Millersville University’s first enrolled doctoral student, Matthew Campbell.

Ed.D. Program Outcomes

Cohorts of 14-16 students will examine major problems of practice while collaborating with university faculty, leadership fellows who are practicing experts in the field, as well as district-level executive leaders who serve as mentors.

The Ed.D. program will focus on:

  • Impact of poverty on student achievement
  • The role of technology in reaching larger audiences of students with effective learning strategies.

The next available cohort will launch in fall 2022. Apply today!

Flexible Course Work for Busy Professionals

The part-time nature of the program and the accessible delivery make the program a great option for school personnel that are currently employed in professional positions.

  • Part-time program.
  • Course work delivered in blended face-to-face, residency-based instruction, online and hybrid models.
  • Face-to-face foundation classes meet on Saturdays at Dixon University Center. Students will meet between 5 and 12 Saturdays per semester, depending on the course.

Residency courses are field-based and require candidates to work in their school districts and/or organizations with group seminars and professional learning community sessions as needed.

Application Requirements

  • Graduate application and application fee.
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges and universities including any additional certification program(s). Note: a master's degree in education or a related field is required.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae including current/past leadership positions, specific leadership responsibilities and experiences.
  • Applicants must hold positions which would require a certificate in administration or supervision.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a school district superintendent or chief organization administrator if not employed at a school district.
  • 500 to 1000-word goal statement addressing your goals and objectives for doctoral study in educational leadership and how this program will assist you in achieving those outcomes

Note: applicants are required to provide all administrative and teaching certifications and endorsements currently held.

Some candidates may qualify for state and federal loans. Questions about tuition, fees, and other costs should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.

Request More Information

To learn more about the admissions process, contact the College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning at 717-871-4723 or

For specific program information, contact Dr. Ann Gaudino at Educators interested only in the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility can enroll in the Leadership Residency program separately through Shippensburg University.

For all other inquires use the form below.

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