Doctoral Studies

Doctoral Studies
in Education


Hofstra University offers veteran educators three areas of doctoral study. Through our doctoral program in Educational and Policy Leadership, students can develop the conceptual understanding and advanced leadership skills needed to create organizational learning environments. Our Learning and Teaching doctoral program prepares students to work as university professors, educational researchers, curriculum developers, professional-development providers, and to mentor teachers in various educational settings. Our Literacy Studies doctoral programs are designed for literacy, language, and English educators, administrators, or researchers who work in school, college, university, or community settings. Select from any of the programs below to learn more. If you have questions please contact our graduate admission team at 516-463-4723 or

Program Highlights


Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admission team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at, or call 516-463-4723.

To be considered for the doctoral study, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. A master's degree is required to enter the Literacy Studies and Learning and Teaching programs.
Start your application online where you can upload the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. You may initially submit unofficial copies of your transcripts for your application review, but official transcripts will be required once you are accepted into the program.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of interests and career intentions
  • Writing Sample may be required
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Masters Degree required for Higher Education Track of ELPS EdD program, and pending certification of SDL/SBL strongly recommended for entry into K-12 track

Interview with faculty members will be required.

International students: Please review additional admission requirements.

The deadline for admission to the EdD in Learning and Teaching is on a rolling basis for enrollment the following September. Applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

The Educational and Policy Leadership program and Literacy studies program review applications on a rolling basis.

Doctoral programs range between 60 and 79 credits and eligibility for transfer of credit is reviewed by the graduate faculty.

Visit the program pages below to learn more.


Literacy Studies
Learning and Teaching
Educational and Policy Leadership


Rebecca Natow, JD, EdD

Rebecca Natow, JD, EdD

Dr. Rebecca Natow is an expert on higher education policy and has conducted extensive research on the U.S. Department of Education’s rulemaking process, performance-based funding for higher education, federal higher education policymaking, technology use in postsecondary developmental education, and research utilization in the creation of federal regulations. Dr. Natow is the director of Hofstra's Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, MSEd program that trains prospective leaders to work in diverse areas within the higher education field. She is also the director of the EdD in Educational and Policy Leadership program designed for those looking to build further on their higher education background.

Meet Dr. Natow

Eustace G. Thompson

Dr. Eustace Thompson, Professor of the EdD Educational and Policy Leadership Program, earned his PhD from New York University in educational administration. Prior to his faculty appointment, he had 37 years of experience in urban and suburban public schools settings and held the positions of deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and middle and high school principal. He is a certified curriculum auditor and walk-through supervision trainer.

Meet Dr. Thompson

Jeanne Henry

Dr. Jeanne Henry, Associate Professor and Director of the PhD/EdD Literacy Studies, earned an Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests are in transmedia storytelling and response to literature gaming and narrative. Her teaching interests include new media literacy/media literacy, adolescent and children's literature, and sociolinguistics literacy.

Meet Dr. Henry

Andrea Libresco

Andrea Libresco

Dr. Andrea Libresco is the Leo A. Guthart Distinguished Professor in Teaching Excellence in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, at Hofstra University, where she teaches prospective and current teachers at the graduate and undergraduate levels how to teach social studies. She also teaches at the doctoral level, in the Honors College, is head of the Minors in Civic Engagement, and Peace and Conflict Studies, and was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2005.

Meet Dr. Libresco
Rebecca Natow, JD, EdD
Eustace G. Thompson
Jeanne Henry
Andrea Libresco

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at