The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, offered by the University of Bridgeport, is the first of its kind in Connecticut (1980). It is designed to improve the effectiveness of experienced organization leaders and administrators by integrating the study and practice of sound leadership, management, and organization principles.
Successful completion of the program leads to the Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) As an advanced degree program focusing on the renewal of practicing organization leaders and administrators, the Doctoral Program addresses the needs of such personnel in terms of both the content of the curriculum and program organization.
The Doctor of Education degree is offered at the University of Bridgeport campus. Students usually take two courses, nine credits per semester, Fall and Spring, and up to two three credit hybrid/online courses each summer. Classes meet in the evenings, generally, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (3 credits) or 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. (6 credits) to comply with the job demands of working professionals.
The candidates will be able to:
1. Three years of formal study; the following courses are required for graduation:
2. Residency:Students must take at least 3 credits in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters in the first three years of the program.
3. EDLD 845: Dissertation PreparationDissertation Preparation: The final course before comprehensive examination and dissertation proposal defense is EDLD 845 Dissertation Preparation. Students are ordinarily expected to complete the major portion of their work on the dissertation proposal prior to EDLD 845.
4. Comprehensive ExaminationThe major thrust of the comprehensive examination is to evaluate the students ability to utilize knowledge and skills gained through formal instructional activities in addressing the solution of organization related problems. The examination consists of three take home questions (a. methodology; b. leadership; c. topical specialization) based upon the students program of study. It is generally scheduled following completion of all course and seminar work, and prior to submission of the formal dissertation proposal.
5. DissertationThe individual dissertation represents the students major effort during the program. It will focus on a significant problem in education or organization leadership which addresses a local, regional or national need, and relates to the personal needs and interests of the student. Ideas for dissertations emerge and are refined over the course of the first two years. The six 3 credit methodology courses (EDLD811-EDLD 817) are designed to help students frame their dissertation proposal, pilot their study, refine procedures, and begin the process of formal data collection and analysis. EDLD 850 Continuing Dissertation Seminar provides personal contact with the dissertation committee and is taken after students pass the compressive examination and defend their dissertation proposal. The student is expected to take at least one calendar year after the comprehensive examination to complete the dissertation. During this year, the student is considered as having a halftime course load. Each student has a three-member dissertation committee.
Note: Completion of Doctoral DegreeThe degree must be completed within seven years of the date from which the student started coursework in the doctoral program. In exceptional cases, the department may recommend that the Dean grant an extension of this limit.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Master s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.