University of Vermont

College of Education and Social Sciences

Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Program Elements

Ed.D. Program Elements

Primary Career Intention

  • Leadership positions in education (PreK-16), state and local government policy arenas, social service and non-profit organizations, and possibly teaching and research related to practice at the college or university level.

Purpose and Emphasis

  • Preparation of professional leaders competent in identifying and solving complex problems.
  • Focus on approaches to applied research problems and applications that use quantitative and qualitative or mixed method approaches to address and illuminate problems of practice.

Time Commitment

  • Part-time study (9 years UVM maximum)

Applicant Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field with prior graduate work characterized by strong academic record.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in leadership roles.
  • Strong professional writing skills.

Type of Candidate Preparation

  • In-depth understandings of systems change, leadership, and policy for high quality leadership.
  • Students develop their leadership skills and a deep understanding of research-based leadership strategies.

Dissertation Expectations

  • Standard Dissertation format with a focus on an applied research project. The candidate will conduct original well-designed research project for informing practice (per Graduate College guidelines). This format reflects theory or knowledge for addressing decision-oriented problems in applied settings.

Knowledge Assessment

  • Written and oral assessments provide evidence of ability to improve practice based on theory and research as well as demonstration of research competencies.

Research Methods

  • Courses develop competencies in applied research skills.
  • Research addresses questions of practical importance.

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