by Claire Miller
The College of Education has designed a new doctoral program that gives k-12 school and district administrators the knowledge and skills to deal effectively with the complex issues facing educators today.
The Professional Doctorate in Education (Ed. D.) with a major in Educational Leadership is designed to advance the development and practice of effective educational leadership, giving its students opportunities to analyze current issues in education and expand their leadership skills.
“Our Ed.D. in educational leadership is the only program in the state that gives school leaders the opportunity to hone their leadership skills through a research-based, executive program,” said Jami Berry, program coordinator.
The Ed.D. program is offered in a three-year, weekend residency format at Georgia State University’s Alpharetta campus. Students in each cohort attend classes one Saturday per month, participate in online discussions and complete reading and writing assignments between monthly sessions. This alternative format allows its students the flexibility to maintain their current positions while taking leadership and research courses.
“This program is specifically modeled with the needs and schedules of working school leaders in mind,” Berry said. “One of the great strengths of our model is that each leadership course is paired with a research-oriented course. This model puts students in regular contact with methodologists and enables them to gain a better understanding of data analysis for school improvement, authentic assessment, and other educational evaluation processes.”
The program is open to those who hold a master’s degree or higher and have five years of teaching or administrative experience. Applicants must submit the following with their application:
For more information about the program, visit http://education.gsu.edu/eps/6110.html.
To view a flyer about the program, click here.