The Executive Ed.D. program provides an accelerated doctoral degree exclusively for K-12 school administrators. Students, who have come from 30 states and seven foreign countries, are part of a cohort team and are afforded opportunities for professional sharing and cooperative activity. In support of a fast-start on the dissertation, each student is assigned to a full-time staff member who serves as adviser/mentor immediately.
The 54-credit program provides a convenient hybrid course schedule that takes place on-campus and online. The course-work can be completed in 2 years, while the dissertation and the degree can be completed in an additional semester depending on student focus. Weekend sessions for the first year meet once in April, September, and November. For the second year, weekend sessions run once in March, April, September, and October. Each year is rounded out with an 8-day Summer Session in mid-July. A qualifying examination is administered in November of the first year and a comprehensive assessment is given during November of the second year.
"The rigor in the instructional model is guided by face-to-face learning and unparalleled support from faculty and fellow students. The experience of being part of the Executive Ed.D. Program stretched my thinking and expanded my leadership tools. Through it, my teachers and students in the school district in which I serve as Superintendent will become the epitome of excellence. I am using the ideals taught within the Executive Ed.D. Program to transform my school district from 'Good to Great.'"Gerald Fitzhugh II, Ed.D. ’19Superintendent of Orange Township Public Schools
The faculty in the College of Education and Human Services are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.
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The College of Education and Human Services is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by three professional associations: APA, COAMFTE, and CAEP.
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