K-12 School Administration
The Executive Doctorate in Education, a program designed for working professionals with leadership experience, prepares scholarly practitioners to improve education for diverse students and stakeholders. The program develops equity- and justice-based leaders to plan and enact meaningful change across settings. Faculty members emphasize the intersections of theory, policy, and practice and encourage students to apply learning across contexts to solve complex educational issues. Seton Hall University, as a Catholic, research-focused institution, has a long standing reputation for creating transformative leaders. Graduates have pursued careers as school, district, community, and state leaders.
The Executive Ed.D. is a cohort-based, accelerated program that includes a creative mixture of hybrid and online learning. Students may complete the 54-credit program in two and a half to three years. The cohort model allows students, working with distinguished faculty and leaders, to develop a learning community and create lasting professional networks. During coursework, a faculty advisor guides the cohort. During the dissertation process, dissertation mentors provide individualized support to students. The program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. In-person courses occur on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The course sequence incorporates thoughtful combinations of hybrid and online modalities to respect students’ busy schedules and support quality teaching and learning.
Expanding the Practice of Education Leadership
Designed for busy school leaders, this program provides a rich perspective on education leadership in a supportive, flexible cohort setting.
"The rigor in the instructional model is guided by face-to-face learning and unparalleled support from faculty and fellow students. The experience of being part of the Executive Ed.D. Program stretched my thinking and expanded my leadership tools. Through it, my teachers and students in the school district in which I serve as Superintendent will become the epitome of excellence. I am using the ideals taught within the Executive Ed.D. Program to transform my school district from 'Good to Great.'"Gerald Fitzhugh II, Ed.D. ’19Superintendent of Orange Township Public Schools
The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.
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The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by three professional associations: APA, COAMFTE, and CAEP.
- Diana Minakakis
Director, Office of Graduate Admissions
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