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Program Overview

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership* at the College of Saint Elizabeth is designed to prepare globally conscious and morally purposeful servant leaders for leadership roles in higher education.

The Ed.D. combines theoretical knowledge and practical application in an authentic higher education setting utilizing the candidate's professional experience in higher education. It is a sequenced, 52-credit program to be completed during a three-year time frame.

* – Approval expected for fall 2017.

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Flexibility = Candidate Success

New Options for Simultaneous Learning Provide Maximum Flexibility

ED Choice is a new and unique program designed to meet the needs of students in the real world, where life commitments sometimes interfere with classroom demands. ED CHOICE allows doctoral candidates to fulfill commitments while earning a doctorate degree.

Each week, depending on schedules, the candidates choose to attend class on campus or online. There's no fear of falling behind in class work, or disappointing a child because you miss their school play or soccer game.

ED CHOICE offers candidates total control to complete their degree on time.

This new program includes:

  • Same professor for on campus and online
  • Weekly ability to switc
  • A smooth path to your doctorate degree

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership, candidates will be able to:

  • Commit to and act upon the principles of servant leadership.
  • Demonstrate their role to prepare both themselves and the learning community to build a just society.
  • Identify, promote, and sustain high performance learning communities.
  • Apply research methodologies for systemic improvement of schools and other educational communities and institutions.
  • Analyze and articulate the individual and social purposes of education.
  • Evaluate the role of servant leaders as stewards of both human and fiscal resources.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Doctorate Program in the Higher Education track are required to:

  • Applicants must have earned a M.A. degree or any post-master's credit from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have a satisfactory degree of professional applied experience in higher education.
  • Your required Letter of Intent should be no more than two pages, citing evidence as to why you should be admitted to the doctoral program, including reasons why you chose College of Saint Elizabeth and illustrating your commitment to degree completion.
  • Submit official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work.
  • Submit a resume and completed application form.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from professionals who can comment on your qualification for doctoral study; at least one letter must be from a professor attesting to academic capability and at least one must be from a practitioner attesting to professional capacity.

Selected applicants are invited to interview with the Program Chair for Educational Leadership.

Course Sequence

Year One

Fall Semester

  • EDAS 701H Essential Competencies for Doctoral Studies (3)
  • EDAS 705H Servant Leadership (2)
  • EDAS 707H Strategic Planning and Institutional Improvement (3)

Spring Semester

  • EDAS 719H Enrollment Management in Higher Education (3)
  • EDAS 722H Dissertation Research and Scholarly Writing (2)
  • EDAS 723H Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (3)

Summer (July)

  • EDAS 743H Comprehensive Assessment of Research (6)

Year Two

Fall Semester

  • EDAS 732H Diverse Learners and At-Risk Learners (3)
  • EDAS 744H Resource Allocation and Deployment (3)
  • EDAS 750H Action Research (2)

Spring Semester

  • EDAS 759H Legal Environment in Higher Educations (3)
  • EDAS 768H Policy Making and Leadership in Higher Education (3)
  • EDAS 775H Dissertation Proposal Seminar (2)

Summer (July)

  • EDAS 783H Data Analysis and Interpretation (6)

Year Three

Fall Semester

  • EDAS 785H Dissertation Advisement I (4)

Spring Semester

  • EDAS 790H Dissertation Advisement II (4)


For additional program information, contact:

Program Chair of Educational Leadership Programs
(973) 290-4383

For admission information, contact:

Antonia Donofrio
Associate Director
Graduate and Continuing Studies
(973) 290-4191

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