Frequently Asked Questions:
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (K-12)
Is the program only for teachers and educational administrators?
The doctoral program in Educational Leadership is open to applicants from a variety of backgrounds and professional roles who envision themselves as leaders in public and private education organizations serving diverse school-aged populations. For example, students in the doctoral program have been teacher-leaders in their schools, supervisors of organizations dedicated to working with children, educational consultants, school- and district-level administrators, and university-level teacher educators.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Courses are taken sequentially for three years. A few students opt to complete their dissertation during that three year period; however, most work on developing their dissertation proposal while taking courses and then implement their study during the fourth year, after their coursework is completed.
When are classes held?
Students take two courses each semester—during the fall, spring, and first summer sessions (there are not any classes during July or August). Classes are held on Thursdays from 4:30 - 10:00 p.m.; the first course runs from 4:30 - 7:10 and the second from 7:20 - 10:00. Because some classes utilize a hybrid in-person/online format, there are some Thursdays when students do not need to be on campus for the full time block (such schedule details are provided at the beginning of each semester).
What does it mean that the doctoral program uses a “modified cohort model?”
To optimize students’ learning experiences and outcomes, a cohort of students enters the doctoral program each fall and remains together throughout their coursework. This approach has many benefits, such as facilitating professional collaboration and networking, providing a cohesive support system, and promoting continuity with learning goals. Although the goal is to have students progress through the program as a group, there are times when flexibility is necessitated, based on special and individual circumstances. For example, in response to a significant life event (e.g., birth of a child, change of job), a student might decide to take only one course during a particular semester, or take a short-term leave of absence (e.g., one semester or year). Because we allow for this type of schedule adjustment in certain situation, we call our approach a modified cohort model.
Can I transfer credits from other doctoral programs?
Up to six credits of relevant doctoral-level coursework from an accredited institution can potentially be applied towards Arcadia’s Ed.D. degree. Decisions about transfer credits are made by the Program Coordinator, on an individual student basis. Masters’-level coursework is not transferrable.
Do most students who enter the doctoral program successfully complete it?
Our doctoral program completion rate is very high, compared to the national average—approximately 85% vs. 45%, respectively. The cohort model and supportiveness of our program faculty are two of the factors we believe contribute to our high rate of success in this area.
Does completing the doctoral program result in administrative certification?
The doctoral program, itself, does not result in administrative certification. However, many of the competencies required for a variety of administrative certificates are embedded in the doctoral courses, so earning certification is streamlined. Students interested in certification meet individually with the coordinator of the Master’s Program in Educational Leadership to discuss options and develop a plan of study.
Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
Students who earned a graduate degree from Arcadia within the last five years, with a cumulative GPA of ≥3.5, are not required to take the GRE. All other applicants must submit GRE scores (taken within the last five years). Although the GRE is preferred, the Miller Analogies Test is also accepted.
When can I apply?
Because of the doctoral program’s cohort model, all students who enter in a given year begin the program together in the fall semester. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, until the cohort for that fall reaches capacity. The Priority Application Deadline is March 1st and the Priority Deposit Deadline is June 1st.
How do I apply?
Admissions requirements are listed at this site- http://www.arcadia.edu/academic/default.aspx?id=25870. Supporting credentials should be mailed to: The Office of Enrollment Management, Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 ore-mailed to Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, Tiffany Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the cost of the program?
Total tuition for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program, for the fall 2014 cohort, is $16,500 per year/$49,500 for 3 years.
Is financial aid available?
Although the federal and state governments do not offer grants or scholarship aid at the graduate level, listed below are the other types of assistance available to part-time graduate students.