Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Doctor of Education in Transformational Leadership


The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Transformational Leadership is a research-based program designed to prepare you for a leadership role in public and private schools, from kindergarten through high school and colleges and universities. The Doctor of Education is the highest degree focusing on the practice of education.

The Ed.D. program prepares educational leaders to transform learning communities; to create lasting school reform; to provide effective oversight of fiscal operations; to infuse new technologies into curricula; to empower teachers to collaborate and develop new ideas for excellence; to inspire lifelong learning among students and adults; to create standards for continuous improvement of diverse schools and communities; and to advance and produce research that contributes to the understanding of the complex process of education.

The 51-credit program is uniquely structured from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is founded on the belief that critical issues in education can most fruitfully be explored using multiple points of view and methods: historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, legal, financial, governmental, administrative, ethical and cultural. This approach provides a rich environment in which theory and its practical applications are rigorously studied, scrutinized and analyzed through an understanding of the interactions between and among multiple fields and paradigms.


Applications

Applications for the fall cohort are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Career Opportunities 

Graduates of the Doctoral program in Education pursue careers as superintendents, principals, senior-level administrators, curriculum developers, policy analysts, and educational consultants; work in a wide variety of settings, such as public and non-public schools, state departments of education, national and state professional organizations, special education service units and private corporations; and become professors and researchers in colleges and universities.

Global Connections
Students in the program will have the opportunity to spend a research summer or semester at the University of Salzburg School of Education in Austria to further diversify their understanding of education philosophy. The doctorate is supported by international faculty who bring a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives to the program.


Admissions

 Online EdD Program in Transformational Leadership 

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has granted approval for LIU to offer an online/ distance learning version of the EdD program at Long Island University.  There is not a separate mission for distance education and more traditional face-to-face education; the University views it only as one of the several tools to help it fulfill its core mission and ongoing Strategic Plan and Vision Statements. Academic excellence is the core of LIU’s mission and drives the University's on site and online activities. LIU also views distance education as a means to help it further its global mission of making LIU opportunities available to a broader international audience.  

The EdD program brings broad perspectives to important issues in education and focuses on the study of theory, practice and issues affecting the Pre-K-16 continuum and other education related domains (e.g. professional development, etc.). Minimum requirements include satisfactory performance in all coursework within a 10-year time frame, completion of the residency requirement and comprehensive assessments, and a doctoral dissertation. This program leads to the granting of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree.

Success in the program depends in large part on your own initiative. Students are strongly encouraged to read broadly, to actively consult, to interact with faculty and fellow students, and attend meetings related to your profession and areas of study. There are ample opportunities for faculty/ student collaboration and students in the way of presenting at conferences and publishing in peer reviewed journals.

At the completion of the program, graduates are expected to be better prepared to think across paradigms, broadening and deepening their perspectives regarding key issues. Applying different approaches to critical questions in education and related areas and contributing in a critical and meaningful way is the foundation for study in this program.

Applications

Applications for the fall cohort will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Career Opportunities 
Graduates of the Doctoral program in Education pursue careers as superintendents, principals, senior-level administrators, curriculum developers, policy analysts, and educational consultants; work in a wide variety of settings, such as public and non-public schools, state departments of education, national and state professional organizations, special education service units and private corporations; and become professors and researchers in colleges and universities.

ED.D. IN Transformational Leadership

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS 
Applicants for the Ed.D. in Transformational Leadership must hold at least a master’s degree in education or a related field. Additionally, all applicants must have at least three years of successful teaching, leadership or equivalent experience in educational practice. Admission decisions will be based on the following factors: academic proficiency, professional accomplishments, proposed intellectual focus and potential for completing a rigorous program. 

For more information about admission requirements or to speak with the program director, contact Carol Soucie, Secretary at 516-299-2244 or e-mail carol.soucie@liu.edu or Dr. Shaireen Rasheed: shaireen.rasheed@liu.edu or Dr. Joseph Piro: joseph.piro@liu.edu

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

1. Required Admissions Application
Applicants to the Ed.D. Program must complete the Long Island University Online Application for Admission. 

2. Application Fee 
Mail a non-refundable application fee of $50 by either check or money order (made payable to Long Island University) or contact the Bursar to submit fee via credit card. Please write your name on the check or money order. 

3. Transcripts
Official undergraduate and graduate transcript(s) from any college(s) you have attended. Photocopies or student copies are not considered official.

4. Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be written by persons who can comment from personal knowledge on the academic and/or professional qualifications of the applicant. Applicants to the Ed.D. Program must submit one letter of recommendation from a current or former instructor or professor. An employer, school principal or superintendent must write one other recommendation. An employer, former instructor or professional colleague of status may write the third letter of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation must be obtained from a person holding a doctoral degree (e.g., Ed.D., Pd.D., M.D.). Please ask recommenders holding a doctoral degree to indicate that credential in the text of their letters or to include it in their signature blocks.

5. Personal Statement 
Write a statement describing your educational and professional goals and discuss what you hope to gain from doctoral study at Long Island University. The statement should be one to three pages in length. You may submit this statement as part of the Online Application for Admission, or follow at a later date as a hard copy mailed with other supplemental materials. 

6. Statement of Research/Inquiry
Write a statement describing your primary areas of research or inquiry interest. The statement should be one to three pages in length.

7. Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
Submit a curriculum vitae or résumé, indicating at least three years of successful teaching, leadership or equivalent experience in educational practice.
 




Curriculum

Curriculum
The Ed.D. in Transformational Leadership is distinguished by its broad approach to school reform and by its topical focus on the study of theory, research, practice and issues affecting the Pre-K – 16 continuum. The program gives considerable attention to large problems and research questions that impact education. Interdisciplinary issues that will be woven throughout the doctoral curriculum are organized in the following categories: 
• Child-Centered Education (i.e., developmental psychology, adolescent psychology educational psychology, special education, learning and the brain, literacy) 
• Reform and Transformation in Education (i.e., change theory, educational philosophy, educational policy, organization theory and development, educational technology, etc.) 
• The Cultures of Pre-kindergarten - 16 Education (i.e., community values and education, cultural pluralism, organizational values and traditions, gender issues, etc.) 
• Pedagogical Innovations (i.e., curriculum development, alternative assessment, educational technology, learning theory, distance education, etc.) 
• Educational Leadership in Pre-k - 16 or Higher Education Systems (i.e., organizational theory and behavior, systems theory, leadership, educational administration, higher education preparation etc.) 
• Educational Policy Studies (i.e., the “standards” movement, educational finance, special education, accreditation and regulation, access to education, think tanks etc.) 

Students in the program are immediately immersed in developing broad approaches to the study of educational issues, working with the ideas contained in a number of reform models. The goal is for students to continue to broaden and deepen their perspectives regarding the key issues that they have chosen to examine through lectures, seminar discussions, papers and research.



Cohort Learning

Cohort Learning

Each incoming class enters the doctoral program as a cohort. Cohorts begin each fall and consist of approximately 15 students each. Every cohort will travel together as an interdisciplinary group for the entire program.
The cohort model of doctoral studies fosters interdisciplinary thinking by bringing together doctoral students with backgrounds in a variety of different fields. The coursework provides expertise in a variety of perspectives, including organizational leadership and human relations, teaching and learning, professional development and training, educational technology, policy analysis, and data-informed decision making.
Students in the doctoral program are required to maintain registration every semester, until and including the term in which the dissertation is approved by the Doctoral Program faculty and the Dean of the College of Education, Information and Technology.




Plan of Study

Required Courses

Core Courses – 24 Credits

EDD 1000

Pro-Seminar in the Philosophy of Science and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Education Studies

3.00

EDD 1001

Multiple Perspectives on Educational Policy Analysis & the History of Education

3.00

EDD 1003

Psychological, Sociological & Cultural Aspects of Human Development

3.00

EDD 1005

Educational Research Methods I

3.00

EDD 1006

Educational Research Methods II

3.00

EDD 1007

Applied Research Design in Educational Studies

3.00

EDD 1103

Sociopolitical Contexts of Multicultural Education and Social Justice

3.00

EDD 1205

Critical Issues and Trends in Pre-K – 16 Education

3.00


Field Courses – 18 Credits

EDD 1002

Organizational Theory: Approaches to Studying & Analyzing School Organizations  

3.00

EDD 1004

School And Community: Policy and Practices

3.00

EDD 1101

Collaborative Team Models in Education

3.00

EDD 1102

Facilitating Transitions Throughout the Education Process

3.00

EDD 1104

Bilingual Second Language Acquisition

3.00

EDD 1105

Contemporary Issues in Assessment & Evaluation

3.00

EDD 1106

Technology-Enhanced Teaching & Learning

3.00

EDD 1201

Educational Reform: An Interdisciplinary Theoretical Perspective

3.00

EDD 1202

Perspectives on Leadership, Restructuring, and Teacher Empowerment

3.00

EDD 1203

Seminar in Fiscal, Legal, & Human Resource Issues in School Renewal and Reform 

3.00

EDD 1204

Public & Community Relations: Creating and Environment Conducive to Educational Reform 

3.00

EDD 1206

School Reform: Instructional Leadership in Pre-K – 16 Settings 

3.00

Dissertation Courses – 9 Credits

EDD 1008

Dissertation Seminar 

3.00

EDD 1009

Doctoral Advisement I

3.00

EDD 1010

Dissertation Advisement II

3.00

EDD 1011

Continuing Dissertation Advisement

(repeated every semester while dissertation research is in progress)

1.00

Doctoral Level Written/Oral Comprehensive Required


Dissertation

As a culminating experience, students will design and conduct a significant interdisciplinary research project under the direction of doctoral program faculty, and will write a doctoral dissertation on a specific research question drawn from one or more of the program’s organizing issues.

New York State Registration

The Ed.D. in Transformational Leadership is registered by the New York State Education Department. It is offered by the College of Education, Information and Technology only at LIU Post . The program does not lead to New York State certification.

Faculty Bios

Shaireen Rasheed, PhD is a professor of Philosophical Foundations and Diversity/Social Justice in the College of Education at Long Island University. She is currently a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Salzburg. She is also a visiting professor at Aga Khan University as part of a Fulbright and will head up the center for Citizenship Studies at their International Educational School in Karachi, Pakistan. For the 2017-2018 year she was a visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University. She was also visiting fellow at the Harvard Divinity School, New York University and the Columbia Law School.

Her current research is due for publication in a monograph. Most recently she co-authored a special issue in the Studies in Philosophy and Education Journal, “Deconstructing Privilege in the Classroom: Teaching as a Racialized Activity” and is working on an edited book on the role of national populism and pedagogy titled “Teaching Controversial Issues” in the Classroom. Dr. Rasheed has also published a book entitled "An Existentialist Curriculum of Action: Creating a Language of Freedom and Possibility.” Her co-edited book, “Humanism and the Schools of Tomorrow: A Global Perspectives” is due for publication in 2019. She works with educators to create inclusive pedagogies and best practices for diverse students.

Dr. Rasheed received her M. Phil and PhD at Columbia University in Philosophy.

Joseph M. Piro, PhD is a Professor at LIU Post in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He is also a member of the faculty of the EdD Program in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies. His PhD is from Columbia University where his dissertation examined cerebral asymmetries for music perception in differentially gifted adolescents. His policy interests include teacher education, especially as it involves global practices, as well as technology in education. His research interests include the psychology of giftedness and special ability, as well as topics in brain and behavior including music perception, hand preference, and, most recently, sleep and cognition.

His articles have appeared in a number of research journals. His new book, entitled The Primacy of PISA: The World's Most Important Test and How It Is Changing Education Across the Globe, focused on the OECD’s PISA survey, is scheduled to be published in 2019. Prior to LIU Post, Dr. Piro served as a teacher and administrator in the New York City Public Schools.

He has received three Fulbright grants for research projects in the Middle East, India, and the European Union along with fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Gilder-Lehrman Foundation, and the Japan Foundation.

LIU Post Difference

The Ed.D. program explores critical issues in education using multiple points of view and methods: historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, legal, financial, governmental, administrative, ethical, and cultural. The program is distinguished by our unique cohort plan. Doctoral students move through the program as a group, developing strong connections with other educators who will become their peers in the educational leadership field.

First in the Tri-State Area

LIU Post is the first and only school in the region to offer a Doctor of Education with an interdisciplinary approach. The Ed.D. program explores critical issues in education using multiple points of view and methods: historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, legal, financial, governmental, administrative, ethical, and cultural.

CONTACT

College of Education, Information, and Technology
post-educate@liu.edu