Frequently asked questions about the PhD program.
This is a 45-credit, post-Master’s PhD in Educational Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership, defined as school (K–12) leadership.
This degree is designed for working educational leaders who can use their professional experience as a platform for their studies and begin to apply some of what they are learning to their school and district settings. The Admissions Committee will expect to see evidence of a current license in an education administration field or experience as a teacher.
The program consists of 45 credits of required coursework. Students will also be required to attend three, nine-day summer residencies spaced one year apart, and complete online coursework between the residencies. The exact schedule of the residencies will be developed for each
cohort. Admissions counselors will have these details at the time a new
group begins forming, so that prospective students can
plan accordingly. In addition, students enroll in a zero-credit, no-tuition Doctoral Study seminar each semester, which provides them with ongoing support and advisement throughout their program.
Over the nine-day residency period, students will experience direct instruction, group activities, individual research time, presentation, and other activities. Students enroll in two classes, as well as the zero-credit Doctoral Study seminar, which will provide additional opportunities for advising and mentoring. Students can expect to have assigned reading before the residency and assignments due during the residency period. Final projects and other work will be due after the residency, and there will be online follow-up discussions and activities. Guest speakers will be invited, who will engage with students before and after formal class hours.
The program is designed to be completed in approximately 30 months. For instance, the cohort that begins its work in July 2015 will complete its coursework by December 2017, with degree conferral in May 2018. Once begun, the program runs for 12 months of the year, although for registration purposes there are only two semesters, Fall and Spring. Students should be aware that to take full advantage of the program, they should be working full-time in an environment that will enable them to integrate theory with practice.
Yes, all students will be required to write a research-based dissertation that contributes to the domain of Educational Leadership. As noted on the program of study, there is a required Dissertation Seminar at the end of the program that provides support for students in completing this requirement.
Students are permitted to transfer in a maximum of 12 credits of post-master's work toward the PhD degree, on a case-by-case basis. The courses must be: approved through advisement; taken at the post-master's level; completed at regionally-accredited institutions; completed no longer than five years prior to the date of admission to the doctoral program; completed with a grade of "B" or better. Students who have received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) through the Lesley on-campus program and who have taken the required doctoral courses (Nature of Inquiry; Interdisciplinary Seminars I and II, Quantitative Research Methods, and Qualitative Research Methods I) may transfer them into the program as part of the 12 transfer credits.
All participants will be expected to have a laptop computer and regular Internet access at home and/or work. Those who wait to acquire computers or peripherals until they are admitted can take advantage of favorable discounts through Lesley’s student purchase program, which is administered by Harvard University.Required and suggested texts will be assigned in each course, as well as articles and other sources that can be accessed electronically for viewing or download. In order to conduct research, students may need to acquire specific additional materials (voice recorders, software packages, etc.), depending upon their topics and research designs.Finally, students may be advised to join one or more professional associations or organizations for the term of their study. Usually memberships will be at student (discounted) rates.
February 15 is the deadline each year. Contact Graduate Admissions Services for more information.
Lesley’s residency and cohort programs are generally not available to those not matriculated into the program, as a closed group ensures that there are adequate resources for advising
and supporting all students in the group and that group members and
instructors have a reliable academic experience each time a course
meets. The sole exception is when students from other residency or cohort programs need to join a group to make up a course. In that case, permission of the program director is required.
Please see the tuition and fees page for cost information.
Financial aid is available. Please see the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Contact a Lesley admissions representative to find out when the next group conference call is scheduled. These are calls that include prospective students, an admissions representative, and faculty and administrators of the PhD program. You may also contact Dr. Stephen Gould, Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).Back to the Ph.D. in Educational Studies, Educational Leadership Specialization page.
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