Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
An advanced education degree offered fully online, no campus visits requiredAccreditation | Course Descriptions | Applied Research | Admissions Requirements | UNE Academic Catalog
This Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a cohort program with three cohorts per year: Spring A term, Summer A term, and Fall A term. It is a three-year program, including a dissertation, and is completed entirely online with no residency requirement. Your dissertation is also presented online.
The program focuses on Transformative Leadership and will prepare you to transform self, organization, and community through focused, flexible study. You will become powerfully positioned to build allies with others striving for common outcomes as well as collaborate with individuals with divergent values and perspectives.
Please note: If your goal is to become an Administrator in the State of Maine, and you currently have your Master’s Degree, the 30-credit CAGS in Advanced Educational Leadership is the program that would lead to Building Administrator 040 certification in the State of Maine.
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- 51-credit hour program
- 100% online – no campus visits required
- Learn on your schedule in a flexible study environment
- Renowned faculty of practitioners, researchers & educators
- Strong networking forum
- No GRE required
- Regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
- Prepare leaders who are future-focused and capable of fostering innovation and change.
- Promote a continuing cadre of educators who maintain active connections and collaboration with one another, with schools, communities and professional groups.
- Establish a higher education program that is technologically sophisticated, educationally effective, and academically rigorous.
- Build a national reputation based upon transformative collaborative action research.
- Provide each candidate with a carefully selected faculty mentoring team contributing actively to the candidate’s progress with their program of study, their research, and their dissertation, beyond what is usually available with a single advisor.
Emphasis on transformative leadership
Transform self . . .Engage in leadership reflection activities to identify your strengths, pinpoint areas for growth, and align your individual development goals.
Transform organizations . . .Draw from the tenets of organization development theory, critical social theory, and adult development to analyze and influence the culture of your organization.
Transform communities . . .Refine your leadership stance to interact more fully with the communities you serve. Imagine the organization in which you work as an organic system that can respond to the needs of the community. The UNE Ed.D. program is well-matched for individuals working in:
- Nonprofit Organizations (NPO)
- Non-governmental Organizations (NGO)
- Private Organizations
- Public Agencies
After completing the Ed.D. educational leadership program, students should be able to:
- Participate fully and responsibly in supportive and action based learning environments of authentic value for colleagues in K-12 education, community college, health, business, and other sectors.
- Develop and utilize transformative institutional processes to foster, assess the results, and respond to the reported analysis for continued systemic change.
- Use technology for research collaboration and dissertation development among colleagues and faculty (e.g., web/video conferencing).
- Fully utilize an integrated curriculum that fuses discrete elements of each candidate’s program of study into a coherent whole.
- Fully utilize online search tools and databases to identify research studies and other relevant resources.
- Participate in virtual seminars and conferences building a professional learning community.
- Employ problem and case-based learning strategies extensively in courses and dissertation.
- Write and successfully defend a field-based dissertation.
Curriculum StructureThis online Ed.D. program design specifically supports your development as a transformative leader through formal study of your organization, participatory research processes, and collaborative decision making. Professionals engage in:
- Instruction that includes online lectures, instructor-led discussions and assessments, small group interactions, and limited, flexible synchronous sessions.
- Preparation outside of class that includes readings, project development, and applied research.
- Completion of a culminating dissertation that employs your professional knowledge and new learning and demonstrates transformative leadership, organization, and community change.
The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC CIHE). NEASC is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high levels of education, from pre-kindergarten through the higher education doctoral level. Accreditation is the review of the quality of educational institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that the public knows that an institution or program provides a high quality education.
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Applied research: your dissertation“Conducting and disseminating relevant research through the integration of scholarship and practice.” Graduate programs for practitioners focus on “applied research,” that is, asking questions or “problem-posing” in organizational settings. Dissertations are studies conducted by graduate students with the support of instructors, advisors and committee members, and a peer study group. They can be qualitative, quantitative, or used a “mixed methods” approach, depending on the question and the setting. Dissertation: “An in-depth, rigorous examination of a particular issue that provides new knowledge and/or perspectives.” Dan Butin (2010). Reference: Butin, D. (2010). The education dissertation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. The process: Cohort members explore possible research topics from their admissions essay through Year One. At the end of Year One (EDU 805), you will draft a pre-proposal to present to a team of instructors during the next term. You continue to develop your Proposal through Year Two. The formal “dissertation timeline” starts at the end of Year Two and carries through the end of Year Three. Program Curriculum Strands: See Curriculum Strands Map & Course Themes
|YEAR 1||EDU 801||EDU 802||EDU 803||EDU 804||EDU 805||EDU 806|
|YEAR 2||EDU 807||EDU 808||EDU 809||EDU 810||EDU 811||EDU 812|
|YEAR 3||EDU 813||EDU 814||EDU 815||EDU 816||EDU 817|
Three member committee structureFaculty advisors will supervise a graduate student team or “Research Group” of four to five members to support drafting and revision of text and data collection throughout the third year of the program. The advisor serves as the lead instructor, the second committee member supports the advisor by providing consultation and editing of student writing. This two-person team is responsible for dissertation development. The third member is selected by the graduate student and serves as the site-based or local resource. The three-person committee meets with your team for the Proposal and for the Presentation.
Regularly scheduled advisory meetings: structured supportDuring Year Three of your doctoral program, Research Groups will meet online with their advisor and/or second committee member and with peer reviewers once each per month (two meetings per month, November to June). Structured support is one of the most important factors for successful and timely doctoral program completion.
Your dissertationThis is a formal document that meets the standards for unpublished educational research. You will also craft a user-friendly summary, also known as the “executive version” or “research brief” which is useful to your specific audiences and stakeholders. Generally, the executive version of your dissertation contains a short description of your study with recommendations appropriate in length for a website or other organizational setting. For the most part, this material is taken directly from the conclusion of your dissertation.
Innovative approaches to leadership development allow you to:
- Develop a Transformative Leadership Portfolio (TLP) to document your leadership work within and beyond the program
- Extend and strengthen your professional network
- Make a difference for your organization and for the community you serve
Strong support networkRight from the start, you will receive support to articulate and refine your research agenda. A solid research focus is essential for productive practitioner scholarship and will ensure congruence between formal study, application of theory, and your individual and organizational goals.
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