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Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, PhD (EdL)

Educational Leadership, PhD (EdL)


Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership degree prepares reflective scholars and capable professionals who apply theory, method, and research to dynamically improve schools under their leadership and, ultimately, the communities they serve.

The program fosters lifelong learning and values leadership, ethical and informed decision-making, diversity, assessment, program evaluation, effective communication, and technology.

Program Objectives

Berkshire University PhD in Educational Leadership program enables students to contribute to the education profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research.  Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Apply leadership theory and ethical, reflective decision-making to manage and administer schools and school systems.
  • Evaluate and apply best practices in instruction using effective teaching practices, emerging technologies, and assessment techniques to achieve optimal educational outcomes.
  • Create a shared vision of a learning culture by understanding and responding to the political, social, economic, legal and cultural environment.
  • Respond to diverse communities of interest to create a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Continue to renew and develop expertise in the field of leadership demonstrated by effective written, spoken, and digital communication.
  • Advance the body of knowledge through relevant, reflective, action-oriented research and scholarship.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

Master degree from an accredited institution.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership degree, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours.  Fifty-four of the program hours must be completed through Berkshire University.

Program requirements are as follows:

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Faculty

  • Dr. Sue Adragna, Chair–Educational Leadership, Adult Education, Curriculum Instruction
  • Dr. Kelly Gatewood, Chair–Instructional Design and Technology
  • Dr. Andrea Thompson
  • Dr. Jessica Fuda-Daddio
  • Dr. Michelle Bridgewater
  • Dr. Terri Bubb
  • Dr. Cynthia Glenn
  • Dr. Larry Pace
  • Dr. Theresa Rouse
  • Dr. Kelly Schwirzke
  • Dr. Stephanie VanDeVenter
  • Dr. Ashlee Wood
  • Dr. Jackie Booth, Chair of the Master of Science in Education
  • Dr. Richard Dietzel
  • Dr. Jim Hutton
  • Dr. Brian Keintz
  • Dr. Andrew Kirschner
  • Dr. Salla Lozada
  • Dr. Manuel Rosa
  • Dr. Steve Roth
  • Dr. Dianna Martin

An associate degree is typically completed in two years of full-time study, but may take longer for part-time students. These undergraduate programs can be found at community colleges, vocational schools, technical

Masters Degree are graduate-level programs that typically take two years of additional full-time study after completion of a bachelor’s degree Because most graduate students are already working professionals

To be considered for an honorary doctorate degree, there are specific criteria that individuals must meet, and there are a variety of  that they may be awarded. There are also many non-honorary doctorate

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