Educational Leadership

Degree: Ed.D.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program leverages the strengths of Millersville University and Shippensburg University to provide rising school district, state level and organizational leaders with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to implement effective programs in Pennsylvania's schools.

Why Study This Program?

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program at Millersville University 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.

MU offers this doctoral program, which focuses on focusing on poverty and technology, in partnership with Shippensburg University. Both universities are highly regarded for their National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited education programs and recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for innovative teacher preparation and administrator training programs.

The Educational Leadership program leverages 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.

Applicants to the Educational Leadership program must possess a master's degree in education or a related field and hold positions which would require a certificate in administration or supervision. Interviews are conducted during the last two weeks in March, the last two weeks in July and the first two weeks in November. 

What Will You Learn?

Cohorts of 14 to 16 Educational Leadership students examine major problems of practice while collaborating with university faculty and leadership fellows who are practicing experts in the field, as well as district-level executive leaders who serve as mentors. Coursework and experiences focus on the impact of poverty on student achievement and the role of technology in reaching larger audiences of students with effective learning strategies.

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. Busy professionals can progress through coursework in blended face-to-face, residency-based instruction, online and hybrid models. Face-to-face foundation classes meet between five and 12 Saturdays per semester at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. Residency courses are field-based and require candidates to work in their school districts or organizations with group seminars and professional learning community sessions as needed.

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