How is the Program Delivered?

The Doctor of Education in P-20 and Community Leadership program is designed for working professionals and has been intentionally designed with a cohort approach to learning. Program faculty will assist each cohort to develop into an effective and productive learning community wherein students challenge and support one another. We believe that a cohort approach for adult learners fosters a spirit of camaraderie and leads to a higher completion rate as compared to other approaches to doctoral studies.

In addition, the composition of the cohort represents a variety of specialized interests including pK-12 education, higher education, STEM leadership and community leadership. Such diverse professional networks are valuable for career development, professional growth and support, as well as future collaborative projects and initiatives across sites, districts, or institutions of higher education.

The executive-style delivery of blended (weekend and web-enhanced) courses speaks to the needs of leaders surveyed in our service region. The cohort will meet, in person, four weekends per semester with the remainder of the coursework being completed via an online/distance media. There is also a one week residency on campus during the first summer semester.

Academic Advising

Once admitted to the Ed.D. program, our students are assigned an advisor from among the faculty in the Ed.D. program. The advisor's role is to support the student through the various program benchmarks and to assist the student in the further clarification of research interests.

The role and function of the academic advisor includes:

  • Consulting with the student on an ongoing basis. Advising can be completed in person, by phone, e-mail, or other interactive options.
  • Assisting the student to develop a plan to meet degree requirements
  • Approving all academic forms and appropriate paperwork