Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership


Main Campus (Union, NJ)


Fall:        June 30
Spring:   No Spring Admission


The Kean University Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program is dedicated to developing the next generation of educational leaders. With a focus on K-12 administration in public and charter schools, the doctoral program prepares future administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively lead school districts and educational organizations.

The curriculum, based on an innovative, interdisciplinary, professional oriented model, integrates coursework and practical experience, culminating in a full-year internship in a school district or community education agency.

The Kean Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is designed to create an advanced and diverse learning environment which supports personal and professional growth.

Important features of the program include: 

  • Collaboration between leaders in schools, school districts and leaders in other educational and community agencies
  • Evening, weekend, and summer classes to accommodate working professionals schedules
  • Study of current research, theories and practices in urban education, leadership, policy, curriculum, and instruction
  • Opportunity to engage in applied (action) research project, resulting in a doctoral dissertation
  • An extensive internship in a school district, school, or other educational setting.


In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Doctor of Education Supplemental Application (found within the online application)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts of all colleges or universities attended
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) in last degree attained (lower GPA’s may be considered based overall strength of application)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within 5 years of application
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Substantial experience working in education or family support agencies
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of Endorsement from a Superintendent or Agency Director
    • All applicants for the Doctorate of Education in Urban Leadership (Ed.D.) are required to submit a letter of endorsement from the Chief Administrator of their school district, charter school or community education agency that indicates they will support and mentor the candidate in the internship. For a public school, the endorsement letter should come from the Superintendent. For a charter school, the endorsement letter should come from the Director of the school or the President of the Board. For a community education agency, the endorsement letter should come from the Director of the agency.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports


The Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) requires the completion of 90 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree.  Candidates who already possess a master’s degree in Educational Administration/Leadership will be eligible for full admission, meaning 36 credits of Master’s level courses will be applied towards the the Ed.D.  Students with a master’s degree in a related discipline may be conditionally admitted until the prerequisites listed below, or course equivalents, are completed.

It is anticipated that candidates will enter the program with a master’s degree with work comparable to that listed below.  Up to 36 graduate credits are eligible to be applied towards the doctoral program if they meet the requirements similar to the following master’s level course work at Kean.

(The program director will analyze candidates’ transcripts and decide which courses will be accepted.)

*Candidates entering the Ed.D program are not eligible for certification as principal, supervisor, or school business administrator.

Required Course Work at the Master’s Level:

Foundations and Fundamentals of Administration (6 semester hours)

  • Public School Administration I
  • Public School Administration II

Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction (12 semester hours)

  • School Supervision and Organizational Theory
  • Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation: Theory and Practice
  • Learning, Instruction, Evaluation and Curriculum Development

Policy, Procedure and Practice (9 semester hours)

  • Basic School Law and Policy
  • Computer Applications in Educational Administration
  • Management of Educational Finance

Research, Synthesis and Application (9 semester hours)

  • Educational Research
  • Field Study in Administration and Supervision I
  • Field Study in Administration and Supervision II


Required Doctoral-Level courses

EDD 6001 Political Policy Analysis 3 credits
EDD 6002 Legal and Policy Issues in Education 3 credits
EDD 6005 Organizational Theory and Change 3 credits
EDD 6101 Personnel Administration and Negotiations 3 credits
EDD 6102 Educational Finance and Resource Allocation 3 credits
EDD 6103 Program Assessment & Evaluation 3 credits
EDD 6004 Program Leadership and Decision Making 3 credits
EDD 6104 Instructional Leadership 3 credits
EDD 6105 Leadership and Diversity Issues 3 credits
EDD 6003 School and Community Partnerships 3 credits
EDD 6302 Educational Research 3 credits
EDD 6330 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 credits
EDD 6331 Qualitative Research Methods (elective) 3 credits
EDD 6340 Advanced Quantitative Statistics 3 credits
administrative PRACTICE– 6-9 CREDITS
EDD 6201 Clinical Practicum in School District Administration I 3 credits
EDD 6202 Clinical Practicum in School District Administration II 3 credits
EDD 6203 Clinical Practicum in School District Administration III (elective) 3 credits
EDD 7101 Dissertation Seminar 3 credits
EDD 7102 Advanced Dissertation Seminar 3 credits
EDD 7103 Matriculation Continued 2 credits

* Upon completion of the 54 credits, students are required to register for EDD 7103 (Matriculation Continued) every semester until they successfully defend their dissertation.


Program Mission and SLOs



Program coordinators

Dr. Soundaram Ramaswami
East Campus, 205J
t: 908-737-5979
Dr. Steven Locascio
East Campus, 205
t: 908.737.5977



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Updated 10/5/17