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Ed. D. in Educational Leadership: P-12

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Rowan University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership focuses on developing leaders who excel in reflective decision making, working collaboratively, initiating or responding to innovative change, and who have strong management and administrative skills. Originally designed for the educational professional fully employed in a P–12 or higher educational setting, the doctoral program now includes professionals from other areas.

Our curriculum integrates academic instruction with opportunities to apply leadership theory to actual workplace problems. This hands-on practice provides you with the context in which schools, colleges and other institutions operate and apply theory and contextual knowledge to educational problem solving.

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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: P-12 track program.

  • 17 Courses / 60 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: 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
P-12 Track Courses: 12 S.H.
EDAM 27790 Instructional Leadership and the Curriculum 3
EDAM 27749 Issues In School Governance 3
EDAM 27735 Promoting Effective Learning 3
EDAM 27714 Planning And Negotiating 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 action 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 (The Faculty Admissions Committee will contact applicants directly to schedule an interview. The interview may be in person or via phone for distance applicants).
Educational Leadership: P-12

Career Outlook

As the educational landscape diversifies, the need for knowledgeable and innovative leadership continues to grow. Our Ed.D. positions you as a forward-thinking educator who provides thoughtful decision-making, well-informed curriculum choices, and trustworthy organization throughout all levels of management.


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