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Ed. D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Graduates of the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education track are prepared to assume leadership roles in schools, colleges, universities, educational associations, and educational advocacy groups. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for Education Administrators should be excellent over the next ten years.

Students may apply to one of the following cohorts:


Students may join the cohort at the NJ Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) headquarters in Monroe Township, NJ or at Rowan University's Camden Campus. In the Hybrid Ed. D. program 60% of class meetings are online and 40% are face-to-face. The NJPSA face-to-face class meetings take place on 3 Saturdays while the Camden face-to-face class meetings take place on 3 Tuesdays throughout each course. The four higher education track courses in the program will be 100% online.

Or, when available, students may join a cohort at Rowan University's Glassboro campus. Core courses will meet face-to-face on-campus while the four higher education track courses will take place 100% online.


100% of class meetings are online. In addition, there are 3 required residencies that will take place on the Glassboro, NJ campus.

Residency 1 will take place in August on the Friday and Saturday just prior to the start of the program. Students will spend two days (Friday and Saturday) on the campus of Rowan University becoming familiar with the policies and procedures of the College of Education, the mission and conceptual framework of the College, as well as campus resources and program expectations of the Educational Leadership Department. This orientation-based residency is a wonderful introduction of the doctoral experience that serves to enhance the online learning environment by providing a face-to-face opportunity to engage with cohort members, and Educational Leadership faculty and staff. Students will attend workshops designed to acquaint them with program themes and pillars of leadership, and social justice, as well as campus resources. On-campus housing is available.

Residency 2 entails one day at Rowan University's Glassboro campus for the written portion of the Benchmark I Exam. The exam is given twice per year. Students are eligible to sit for the exam after the completion of foundational first-year coursework.

Residency 3 involves a weekend stay on Rowan University's Glassboro campus at the conclusion of year two. This residency will focus on preparing students for dissertation work and the dissertation process.

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The Ed. D. in Educational Leadership at Rowan University requires the completion of 60 graduate semester hours (s.h.) made up of 16 courses (48 s.h.) and 12 semester hours of dissertation. The program includes three distinct benchmarks. All cohorts are required to attend a one-day orientation in combination with an online orientation residency.

The following courses make up the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Track program.

  • 17 Courses / 60 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 36 S.H.
EDSU 28715 Leadership Theory 3
EDST 24503 Quantitative Analysis In Educational Research 3
EDST 24721 Action Research In Educational Leadership 3
EDAM 27704 Changing Organizations 3
EDSU 28706 Diversity in Educational Leadership 3
EDST 24724 Issues In Qualitative Analysis In Educational Research 3
EDAM 27750 Applied Ethics Of Educational Leadership 3
EDST 24725 Mixed Methods Research In Educational Leadership 3
EDAM 27733 The Policy Environment 3
EDAM 27719 Dissertation Seminar I 3
EDAM 27720 Dissertation Seminar II 3
EDAM 27752 Advanced Leadership 3
Higher Education Track Courses: 12 S.H.
EDAM 27783 Student Development And Adult Learning Theory 3
EDAM 27741 Current Issues In Higher Education 3
EDAM 27746 Higher Education Governance 3
EDAM 27505 Nature and Function in Higher Education 3
Required Dissertation Research Course: 12 S.H.
EDST 24795 Dissertation Research 12

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Master's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Applicants with Master's degrees completed within the past 5 years should include as one of their recommenders an instructor from their Master's program.
  • Recommended GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale): While certification is not required for the program, the Faculty Admissions Committee asks applicants to please submit a copy of any educational certifications held.
  • Three typewritten essays as follows:

    • In 500 words of fewer, describe your reasons for wanting to enroll in the Educational Leadership Doctoral program.
    • In 500 words or fewer, describe the characteristics of an effective leader. In what ways do you demonstrate those characteristics? In what ways can you improve?
    • In 1000 words or fewer, describe a pressing issue facing education today. If it were your responsibility to address the issue on a national level, how would you approach the problem? With whom would you collaborate to develop your plan?
  • Interview with the Faculty Admissions Committee: Those selected to move forward by the Admissions Committee will be contacted directly regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.
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