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Educational and Policy Leadership EdD Program Requirements

The minimum course requirement for the doctorate is 79 semester hours.  Candidates can apply 30 hours toward this requirement from either a New York State-approved administrative certification program (for the K-12 strand) or a master’s degree in higher education (for the higher education strand).   Candidates may be required, however, to complete more than 79 s.h. upon the recommendation of program faculty. The doctoral program consists of three components.

Phase I: Professional Studies - Semester Hours: 30

Prior to earning the Ed.D., the majority of students in the K-12 strand will have completed requirements for administrative/leadership certification. K-12 students who enter the Ed.D. program and have not yet earned certification may complete these course requirements as part of the advanced certificate in educational leadership or school district business leadership. K-12 students who have already earned certification may transfer up to 30 s.h. from an accredited institution toward the course requirements in Phase I.

Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership

Typically, higher education students who enter the Ed.D. program will have an earned master’s degree in higher education leadership/administration from an accredited institution, of which up to 30 s.h. can be applied to the course requirements in Phase I. For those who do not have a prior master’s, a master’s in higher education can be earned at Hofstra, either in face-to-face or on-line mode.

M.S.Ed. in Higher Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Phase II: Advanced Professional Studies - Semester Hours: 40

Requirements consist of the doctoral core, advanced educational leadership courses and other electives. Candidates complete core requirements as a learning community. In addition to course work, candidates must satisfy residency requirements and complete written competency requirements in two areas: critical analysis and synthesis of scholarly work, and research design and analysis and also satisfy residency requirements. Continuation in the program depends on satisfactory completion of each of the core course and competency requirements. Students who fail to complete these requirements satisfactorily are subject to probation and/or dismissal.

Phase III: Doctoral Dissertation - Semester Hours: 9 minimum

Following completion of the Doctoral Oral Exam A: A Self-Assessment of Personal Learning, candidates begin the final phase of the program, involving a minimum of nine semester hours.  Students may work with faculty and peers to develop a dissertation study or project (EADM 601) or, depending on their readiness, they may develop the proposal through individual consultation with the dissertation adviser (EADM 602). The effort culminates in a presentation of the proposal (Doctoral Exam B) and, upon its completion, presentation of the dissertation, (Doctoral Exam C). In preparing the proposal, students may register for EADM 601 and/or EADM 602, on advisement, for a maximum of four semesters.  Once the proposal is accepted, students may apply up to six semester hours toward dissertation requirements.  Failing to complete the dissertation proposal within four semesters is grounds for dismissal. After the proposal is formally approved, students register for dissertation advisement (EADM 604) each semester until the dissertation is approved. Once the dissertation is accepted, students may apply up to six s.h. toward the dissertation requirements. If students must interrupt work toward the degree, they must request a waiver and must maintain matriculation (see General Information and Policies).  

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