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Educational Leadership, EdD

Transformational Leaders for Equity, Diversity & Social Justice

This vibrant doctoral program aims to prepare culturally responsive, transformational senior-level administrative leaders, policymakers, and researchers who can design solutions across K-12 institutions, higher education institutions and other educational and civic organizations. As innovative leaders, you will be able to impact the worlds of policy and practice to promote positive school climate and ensure each student’s success. By joining this program, you will be envisioning the future of 21st century educational institutions, interacting with curious minds, implementing cutting-edge research practices to develop a new vision of education for the diverse society. You will emerge as change agent and reflective practitioner who can address diverse educational issues and lead sustainable change at district, state and national levels. This program is deeply grounded in CAEP and NELP/ELCC standards.


caep logoThe Delaware State University’s Ed. D. Program had received National Accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for seven years. This accreditation is quality assurance that the programs meet standards set by organizations representing the academic community, professionals, and other stakeholders.

  • Cohort model with accelerated weekend format
  • Program grounded in NELP Standards
  • Enriched curriculum with effective course sequencing
  • Diverse research capstone options
  • Ample opportunities of experiential learning through internship and community partnership
  • SPA approved standard based assessments
  • Offers two concentrations:
    • Ed. D. in K-12 and
    • Ed. D. in Higher Education
  • Robust graduation rate

Special Incentive for Delaware teachers: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE in Summer, i.e. for Summer Semester courses, you pay for one course and get the other one free!!!


In collaboration with the State of Delaware, the purpose of Delaware State University’s Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership program is to prepare educational leaders for prominent leadership and service positions in School Districts and Higher Education sectors. Our rigorous advanced program of study has been designed for working professionals to foster continuous refinement of their leadership skills to promote effective organizational and individual performance. Through a sound educational foundation and directed field experience, you will emerge as viable candidates for leadership positions throughout the country. At Delaware State University, you will find a unique balance between rigorous research, serious academic studies, partnership, collegiality, and personal development. You will be prepared to take data-driven decisions to serve authentically, and lead with integrity. You will hone your personal leadership style, create a new career path and learn to meet the challenges of 21st century. Most states require Doctor of Education in K-12 to gain licensure to become a superintendent or assistant superintendent in a school district. Our program does not provide a licensure or a certification as a superintendent or assistant superintendent in a school district or as a Certified Central Office personnel but helps you meet the eligibility criteria for these positions. For more information about the requirements for superintendent or assistant superintendent certification, please visit the state of Delaware website

To serve the professional needs of the students and to meet the growing demands of the job market, our doctoral program offers two concentrations to choose from:

  1. Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership in K-12 (three and a half years; 55 credit hours)
  2. Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership in Higher Education (three and a half years; 55 credit hours)

Courses are conducted in an accelerated weekend format. Courses span eight weeks and the classes are normally held the first, fourth and seventh weeks. Sessions are held Friday nights from 5:00-9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In Fall 2020, a hybrid-synchronous instructional delivery format will be utilized across the program curriculum.


This high-quality doctoral program prepares transformational, culturally responsive and equity focused discerning educational leaders who value diversity and demonstrate deep commitment to equity and social justice. They are the role models for the community and display ethical and professional competence in their chosen fields to emerge as:

  • Skilled educational leaders who can connect and apply cutting edge research to policy and practice to serve the educational institutions to promote success and well-being of each student.
  • Professionals who can effectively utilize education software tools for data collection and data analysis and adopt latest information technology to broaden their vision of learning.
  • Critical thinkers who believe in the concept of lifelong learning and display personal flexibility to sustain personal and professional development.

Specific goal of K - 12 Concentration:

  • This concentration will prepare the candidates as effective scholar practitioners who can articulate a vision for public schools at the district level as well as other educational institutions and involve all the stakeholders in strategic planning, implementing, and evaluating processes that benefit the academic growth and development of all students to ensure their success.

Specific goal of Higher Education Concentration:

  • With a grounding in the conceptual underpinnings of the practice of higher education, this concentration will prepare the candidates to emerge as ethical and socially responsive professionals who can connect theory and research to successfully operate within the diverse, social, political, educational and organizational contexts of their institutions and the community.


EDD IN K-12  

Education Graduate Programs at Delaware State University has established the following Learning Outcomes for its doctoral program in consonance with the NELP standards to ensure that our candidates can demonstrate the capacity to:

Mission, Vision, and Improvement collaboratively lead, design, and implement a district mission, vision, and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities that include data use, technology, values, equity, diversity, digital citizenship, and community.
Ethics and Professional Norms understand and demonstrate the capacity to advocate for ethical decisions and cultivate professional norms and culture.
Equity, Inclusiveness, and Cultural Responsiveness develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive, and inclusive district culture.
Learning and Instruction evaluate, design, cultivate, and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, data systems, supports, assessment, and instructional leadership
Community and External Leadership understand and engage families, communities, and other constituents in the work of schools and the district and to advocate for district, student, and community needs.
Operations & Management develop, monitor, evaluate, and manage data-informed and equitable district systems for operations, resources, technology, and human capital management.
Policy, Governance, and Advocacy cultivate relationships, lead collaborative decision making and governance, and represent and advocate for district needs in broader policy conversations
Internship synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills identified in NELP Standards 1–7 in ways that approximate the full range of responsibilities required of district-level leaders and enable them to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult in their district.

EdD in higher education  

Education Graduate Programs at Delaware State University has established the following Learning Outcomes for its doctoral program in consonance with the CAS standards to ensure that our candidates are able to:

Knowledge acquisition, integration, construction, and application understand knowledge from a range of disciplines; connect knowledge to other knowledge, ideas, and experiences; construct knowledge; and relate knowledge to daily life.
Cognitive complexity demonstrate critical thinking, reflective thinking, effective reasoning, and creativity
Intrapersonal development develop realistic self-appraisal, self-understanding, and self-respect; identity development; commitment to ethics and integrity; and spiritual awareness.
Humanitarianism and civic engagement develop meaningful relationships, interdependence, collaboration, and effective leadership.
Practical competence pursue goals, communicate effectively, develop technical competence, manage personal affairs, manage career development, demonstrate professionalism, maintain health and wellness, and live a purposeful and satisfying life.


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall enrollment - July 31
  • International Admission Deadlines: Fall enrollment – May 1

All applicants are required to submit the following for the consideration of an unconditional admission:

  • An earned master’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  • An on-line application for admission.
  • Application fee of $50.00 made payable to Delaware State University
  • Official transcript(s) of all academic work completed.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. Testing must be within 5 years of the application. Scores must be submitted prior to being admitted into the program. The acceptable cut-off scores: (i) GRE: 40 percentile (+ - 1) and a score of 3.0 or better on the Analytical Writing component; or (ii) MAT: 400 (+ - 10). OR Writing an essay (i.e. an on campus writing sample).
  • A “Personal Statement”. The candidate must specifically explain why he or she wants to be admitted to the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership program. This statement needs to be focused on concentration specific educational leadership. Specifications: 2-­5 pages, APA style, grammatical error free.
  • A sample of scholarly work (e.g. thesis, portfolio, project report, published research work, creative writings, etc.
  • A current professional resume.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (two academic/professional recommendations and one (1) character recommendation) - via the online application process.
  • For admission in Ed. D. (Higher Ed. Concentration): Applicant must be working in or toward a leadership role in his or her current position, or must have similar experience (e.g., administrator, coordinator, or teacher at a district/school, higher education, or education department in other organization).
  • For admission in Ed. D. (K­12 Concentration): The applicant must hold a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced Licensure; or a Limited Standard, Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003 or must hold such or similar certification from any other state.
    • The applicants not holding the licensure may also be offered admission into the program but on a clear understanding that the doctoral degree will not lead to any licensure but will make them eligible for it and they will still have to follow the individualized plan to meet the licensure requirements.
  • Copies of earned teaching and/or administrative certificates (optional).

The Director, Education Graduate Programs, along with the Education Graduate Admission Ad hoc Committee will review each application and make the recommendation for acceptance into the program to the Dean, School of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies who will extend an offer of admission to the applicant.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

Please review application procedures for international students. In addition to the requirements noted above, if the earned baccalaureate degree is from a non-English speaking country, the international applicants must submit WES or ECE evaluation of all academic work completed as well as the results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination.


This program of study requires the completion of 55 graduate credit hours including an integral component of Applied Educational Internship/Field Experience.  The students of K-12 concentration will be required to complete 240 hours of internship in the K-12 setting, and the students of Higher Education concentration will be required to complete 120 hours field experience in the higher education setting. This extensive experience is grounded in strong research with focus on activities designed to provide rigorous, diverse, and high impact field-based experiences extended over time that result in the intern’s demonstration of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions as articulated in the professional standards.


All the students are required to pass the Qualifying Examination. It is an exhaustive exam designed to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their analytical writing ability by conceptualizing and synthesizing their knowledge in an organized and cogent manner. Schedule of this Exam is included in the cohort plan of the program provided to all the students at the time of New Student Orientation.


The Ed. D. program at the Delaware State University offers three options for the final capstone experience i.e. the Case Study Analysis, the Project Study, and the Dissertation. The doctoral candidates must complete, orally present and defend a research capstone to meet their final degree requirement.

Professional Portfolio: The candidates will also be required to submit a professional portfolio in the office of Education Graduate Programs after successfully defending their final capstone. The candidates from K-12 concentration will submit a professional portfolio reflecting their experiences and skills related to District level NELP standards as evaluated through CAEP approved assessments. The candidates of Higher Education concentration will submit a professional portfolio reflecting activities/projects completed during their field experience and the major course assignments related with CAS standards.


The applicants who have earned a grade of “B” or higher in doctoral level courses taken at an accredited institution that are relatable to the program of study at DSU can request for the transfer of credits. These courses will be evaluated by the Director, Education Graduate Programs on an individual basis. No student will be allowed to transfer more than 25 credit hours, provided these credits have not been used to meet the requirements of a degree, diploma or certificate previously earned.

The applicants admitted to doctoral program must provide supporting documentation, as may be required by the Director, Education Graduate Programs, at the time of admission or in any case no later than the first semester of study. The Director, Education Graduate Programs will review all the submitted documentation and note the allowable course waivers in the program’s recommendation to the Dean, School of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies, who will approve the credit hours allowed to be transferred.


Education department’s distinguished faculty members include nationally and internationally known authors, researchers, and academicians. All the faculty members have achieved notable distinction in their respective fields. They combine their academic expertise with direct experiences in the field of education to offer practical guidance and mentorship to the students to enable them to adapt to the professional world and make wise career choices.

Program Faculty:
Dr. Joseph Falodun, Associate Professor
Dr. Richard Phillips, Professor
Dr. Nirmaljit K. Rathee, Professor
Dr. Chetanath Gautam, Associate Professor
Dr. SaeYeol Yoon, Associate Professor

Required Courses

View the K-12 course curriculum (for 2016 cohort)

View the K-12 Course Curriculum (for 2017 Cohort)




View the higher ed course curriculum (FOR 2016 cohort)  

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