Ed.D. graduates in caps and gowns

Educational Administration and Supervision at Maryland

Educational Administration and Supervision

photo of Interim Dean Laura Stapleton

The educational administration and supervision program at the University of Maryland prepares fearless leaders committed to providing innovative, evidence-based educational opportunities for all students throughout Maryland and beyond.

As a research institution, we cultivate diverse education administrators who have a well-developed capacity to conduct and utilize research that guides practice and policy. Our cutting-edge Ed.D. program is designed around the study of “problems of the practice,” which allows students to examine and address real problems faced by school system administrators, while our post-baccalaureate administrator I certification program prepares education professionals to grow in leadership roles and make a positive difference in their school districts.

Our leadership programs reflect our strong, authentic partnerships with diverse school systems in the state of Maryland. Collaboration with local school systems promotes a reciprocal learning process resulting in school improvement through both the preparation of a new generation of excellent leaders and the production of new knowledge around pressing problems. Our graduates remain connected through learning networks so they can continue to work collaboratively toward school improvement.

Program graduates go on to do amazing things. Many hold leadership positions throughout the state, and we currently have graduates serving as superintendents in nine school districts around Maryland. We’re proud to have been part of their journey to inciting real change and transformation in our state’s education system.

Our faculty are involved in research relevant to state and national education policy, exploring issues of school improvement, teacher attrition, and diversity in education systems throughout the U.S. Our location near the state and nation’s capitals compliments our research and educational goals, and presents opportunities for students to learn and collaborate with leading experts.

Through our degree programs, collaborations, and research, our College seeks to advance and inspire future leaders in educational administration and supervision. 

Laura M. Stapleton
Interim Dean and Professor, UMD College of Education

Training Leaders: The Ed.D. and Administrator I Certification Programs 

Graduates of the Ed.D. program pose in caps and gowns.

Graduates of the Ed.D. program at winter 2019 commencement.

The University of Maryland College of Education is dedicated to the continuing development of education administration students and professionals. As part of COE’s support for the field, the College offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and a post-baccalaureate administrator I certification program

Our Ed.D. program enrolls working administrators. The program prepares students to engage in systematic investigations of problems of practice such as teacher retention or disparities in student achievement in their districts, with a focus on developing actionable improvement initiatives. The post-baccalaureate certificate program leads to eligibility for administrator I certification and prepares graduates for supervisory and assistant principal roles in Maryland. Combined, the College’s programs play a significant role in developing educational administrator leadership in the state of Maryland.

COE’s Ed.D. program was among the first to focus on professional practice, and structured to reflect the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) model.  “It turned out to be extremely popular and successful,” said Margaret McLaughlin, professor and former director of the doctorate program.

The Ed.D. program curriculum has since expanded to incorporate elements of improvement science as defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Improvement of Teaching and iLEAD initiative. The 36-month program welcomes applicants from across Maryland, and classes are offered both online and through intensive Saturday seminars. 

Brian King, a Title 1 school principal in Maryland, recently completed the program and examined the problem of teacher attrition in Title 1 schools in his school system. Now, he’s using his work to help his school system develop retention initiatives. Being able to connect graduate study with everyday work is one of the program benefits, Dr. King said.  

“The program has enhanced my ability to reflect on, and refine, my critical thinking and analytical skills,” Dr. King said. “It's also given me a new appreciation and awareness of the depth and breadth of dynamics involved in leading change in any sizable system, in my case public schools.”

Similar to the Ed.D. program, COE’s post-baccalaureate administrator I program is open to applicants from multiple school districts in the area. The program attracts professionals in leadership roles and requires that applicants have a master’s degree and have been a Maryland state teacher for at least three years. 

“As the flagship state institution in Maryland, it is important that the College of Education offer an opportunity to help develop the next generation of effective leaders from across the state at both the school and the systems levels,” said Jean Snell, senior faculty specialist at the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement.  

The program includes coursework on leadership, family and community engagement, and school operations and management. Additionally, students coordinate six-month internships or apprenticeships while continuing in their current leadership roles.

Previously a residential program that required in-person meetings, it will be recruiting the first fully-online cohort in 2021. Graduates are eligible for administrator I certification in Maryland and take on supervisory or assistant principal roles across the state. 

[Above, top left: Graduates of the Ed.D. program at winter 2019 commencement. Photo Credit: Audrey Hill.]

Propelling Educational Partnerships: The Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement

Dean Rice and PGCPS CEO Monica Goldstone shake hands at MOU signing.

The UMD College of Education is dedicated to developing partnerships and collaborative educational projects around the state of Maryland. Working to propel that mission is the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement (CEii), a COE initiative founded in 2017 to advance equity, improvement and leadership in school systems.

“The Center is the College of Education’s demonstrated commitment to build deeper and stronger partnerships with school districts and education agencies across the state focused on bringing the resources, knowledge and capacity of the College and its faculty to bear in helping schools solve their problems around student learning and equity,” said Segun Eubanks, the director of CEii.

Recently, the Center worked with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to address issues related to school performance around the state. CEii contributed to the evaluation of factors in low performance and the development of effective school improvement plans. The Center trained facilitators to go into 36 schools across Maryland to conduct a root cause analysis based on a protocol developed with the American Institutes for Research, CEii Project Manager Iris Bond Gill said.

The Center created a report for MSDE identifying priorities for the schools to address to improve performance and recommendations for where the state should focus attention to better support school systems. The MSDE partnership has led to other collaborative opportunities, including conferences, developing a webinar for aspiring principals and working on school improvement initiatives with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). 

PGCPS and COE committed to a new institutional partnership focusing on school improvement issues, and University of Maryland and PGCPS leadership convened to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in 2020. The Center will help facilitate the PGCPS/UMD Improvement Science Collaborative, serving as the joint effort’s planning hub.

Dean Jennifer King Rice meets with local school leaders.

CEii is also working with PGCPS on a dual appointment model for district professionals and COE faculty. The model encourages university faculty to hold joint appointments in the school district, while district leaders may serve as visiting professors or fellows at UMD.

“It creates a deeper connection giving PGCPS a different level of access to us and vice versa,” Dr. Eubanks said.

CEii is also working to offer a college level calculus class to PGCPS seniors. The class will be free-of-charge, count toward college credit, and be taught by University of Maryland math faculty. Additionally, the Center is developing a program to support teaching online, and expects to work with around 400 teachers this year. During the spring, CEii offered a three-part virtual training series on school improvement planning to PGCPS instructional directors

“The MOU has designs to be far reaching across many facets of the district life, from teacher supports to school improvement planning support to math learning networks,” said Jean Snell, senior faculty specialist at CEii.

CEii is connected with COE’s other academic programs, including the Doctor of Education and post-baccalaureate administrator I certification program, with core CEii faculty teaching and advising in both programs.

[Above, top left: UMD and PGCPS leaders gather to sign a partnership agreement. Photo by Randall Pike/PGCPS. Above, middle left: At a 2019 CEii conference, University of Maryland and local school system leaders work collaboratively on K-12 educational issues. Photo by Katreca Neale/PGCPS.]

“The Center is the College of Education’s demonstrated commitment to build deeper and stronger partnerships with school districts and education agencies across the state ...” says Segun Eubanks, CEii director.

Segun Eubanks
Professor of Practice and Director Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement

Segun Eubanks Professor of Practice and Director, Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement

Dr. Eubanks is the inaugural director for the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement, where he works to further dialogue on leadership development and foster partnerships with school districts. Dr. Eubanks also teaches courses in school leadership and improvement science in UMD’s Doctorate in School System Leadership and the School Improvement Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Eubanks has promoted access, equity, and opportunity, as well as advocated for public education, teacher excellence and diversity in education systems in the U.S. 

In leadership roles with the National Education Association, Dr. Eubanks worked to develop teacher leadership initiatives and professional practice standards. He also served for five years   as the chair of the Board of Education for PGCPS. Recently, he played an important role in forming the PGCPS/University of Maryland Improvement Science Collaborative, which works to prepare school teachers and leaders, support school improvement efforts, and connect research with practice. 

David Imig
Emeritus Professor of Practice

David Imig Professor of Practice, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

At COE, Dr. Imig is a professor of practice. He focuses on doctoral student education, professional development and school leadership as well as research into education policy.

Dr. Imig’s interests relate to teacher education and policy in the U.S. and worldwide. He has substantial experience in the field, and came to COE after serving for 25 years as president and CEO at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). In addition to AACTE president, he filled roles that contributed to governmental relations and international education efforts during his tenure at AACTE.

Dr. Imig has also served as president for the National Society for the Study of Education. He is a founding member of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration and has worked in various governance roles of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Currently, he serves as a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he co-directs a project working to transform the education doctorate in 110 research colleges and universities across the country.

Douglas W. Anthony
Visiting Professor of Practice

Doug Anthony

Dr. Anthony brings extensive experience in educational administration and policy in K-12 to his role as interim director of COE’s doctorate program in Education Administration. 


His dedication is instrumental in supporting the program curriculum for school system leadership. Dr. Anthony is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement at the University of Maryland- the very same institution where he earned his Bachelors’, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Anthony, with over 27 years in public education, now leads the Anthony Consulting Group (ACG) where he works with school districts, universities and state departments of education across the country as a consultant and executive level coach.

Prior to leading ACG, he served as an Associate Superintendent for one of the largest school districts in the country. Anthony served in several roles throughout his career including: teacher; school development program facilitator; assistant principal; principal; director of school leadership; director of human capital management; interim chief of human resources; and executive director for talent management. 

He is recognized for successfully creating leadership development programs and opportunities, developing a principal pipeline, and developing strategic, meaningful partnerships. Anthony has presented nationally on several leadership topics, spoken on Capitol Hill and has been featured in several articles, podcasts and research reports on leadership.

Jean Snell
Senior Faculty Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement 

Jean Snell Senior Faculty Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement 

At the University of Maryland, Dr. Snell is a senior faculty specialist at the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement, where she engages in district partnership, coordinates the post-baccalaureate administrator I certification program, and teaches and advises in the Ed.D. program.

Dr. Snell is committed to developing educator leadership skills that enable high quality teaching and learning environments for students. Over the last two decades, Dr. Snell has worked extensively with teachers and administrators to help them develop new skills as effective leaders.  

At the University of Washington, where she earned a doctorate in leadership and policy studies and completed the Danforth School Leadership training program, she taught in the teacher and principal preparation programs and was also a program director for the Center for Educational Leadership. Later, with the non-profit Leading Educators, Dr. Snell launched a Teacher Leadership Fellowship for outstanding educators across the DC region.