Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (Doctor of Education or EDD degree)

On June 22, 2010, the Board of Regents of the State of New York approved an amendment to our master plan to authorize Manhattanville College to offer its first program at the doctoral level, an Ed.D. in educational leadership. The purpose of the doctoral program is to meet the needs of mid-career professionals who already have leadership experience in public or private schools, in community programs, in governmental agencies, or in NGOs with major education initiatives. This program builds on Manhattanville’s educational leadership master’s and Professional Diploma certification programs for building level and/or district-level leadership. Accepted students will have both early career leadership experience and the initial licensure/certification/program requirements for their chosen career path as leaders in education. Students complete a three-year program of study that tightly integrates coursework, field experiences, and applied research (59 semester hours including dissertation). The focus is on preparing leaders to work in changing suburbs and small cities, and the signature pedagogy is problem-based learning. The doctoral program experiences are organized around five themes: leading learning organizations, becoming a sophisticated practitioner-scholar, developing self and others, participating in professional and policy-making communities, and facilitating responsive education programs. The program offers the option to do a three-article dissertation or a traditional five-chapter dissertation.


Admission requirements: To be considered for admission an applicant should: Have a Bachelor’s degree and a relevant Master’s degree; Have at least three years of successful experience in education after completing Bachelor’s degree; Have a record of leadership as a teacher, leader, and/or manager. Administrative certification and 2 years of administrative experience are strongly preferred. Application materials include: 1) EdD Application and Application fee; 2) Current CV or Resume; 3) A statement of purpose essay; 4) A sample of scholarly writing or publication, such as a research paper for a recent graduate program; 5) Two reference letters focusing on leadership potential and scholarly communication abilities; 6) One nomination letter; 7) Copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work and official copy of the highest academic degree; 8) GRE scores on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical tests or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores or equivalent (for international students, TOEFL is required in lieu of GRE or MAT). Admission materials can “trickle” in.

Required courses (59 credits)

  • Leadership: Self Assessment & Self Management (3-credit)
  • Developing & Influencing Education Policy (3-credit)
  • Research & Scholarship: Changing Suburbs & Small Cities – Quantitative Research (3-credit)
  • Linking theory, Research/Scholarship, and Professional Practice – Qualitative Research (3-credit)
  • Curricular & Pedagogical Quality (3-credit)
  • Developing Human Resources and Teams (3-credit)
  • Culture, Politics, and Educational Change (3-credit)
  • Change and Innovation: The Social and Political Dynamics of Organizations (3-credit)
  • Emerging Financial and Legal Issues in Education (3-credit)
  • Facilitating Change through Organizational Research (3-credit)
  • Using Information Technologies in Leadership & Scholarship (3-credit)
  • Community Relations and Education (3-credit)
  • Summer Capstone Experience: Education and Changing Suburbs & Small Cities (2-credit)
  • Dissertation Proseminar (2-credit)
  • Dissertation Proseminar (3-credit)
  • Professional and Scholarly Communication (4-credit)
  • Dissertation Supervision (a minimum of 12-credit in total)

Credit transfer: Up to 12 credits of post-master level courses taken at a regionally accredited institution within the last ten (10) years may be transferred into the doctoral program. Limited Doctoral Teaching Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified candidates.