The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in School System Leadership is a “Practice Based” doctoral program designed to develop leaders who can develop and lead collaborative and inclusive system improvement initiatives.

The program enrolls cohorts of students who work together over 36 months to identify, investigate and solve real school system problems.  The Ed.D. in School System Leadership is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for Superintendent II certification.

  • Grounded in the practices of improvement science.
  • Courses offered in non-standard semester schedule through all day Saturday seminars and online modules.
  • Program culminates in a Capstone Project that focuses on improving or eliminating a real problem of practice within a school system.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate courses completed to fulfill requirements of a Master’s degree
  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to education leadership
  • Maryland Administrator I Certification or equivalent
  • Minimum 3 years of successful experience in an educational leadership position
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with candidates’ leadership potential, relevant experience, and ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. A minimum of one letter must be from someone who has served as a supervisor of the applicant
  • Professional Statement: Applicants respond to 3 questions related to educational leadership
  • Personal interview with program faculty
  • Applying is a two-step process: materials are submitted for screening between March 30, 2020-June 15, 2020  (contact lgraves2@umd.edu in order to submit)
  • Screening of applications begins May 15, 2020
  • Students recommended to apply to Graduate School will be notified beginning July 1, 2020
  • Fall courses begin September, 2020
  • Participants: a cohort of 15-20 educational leaders and administrators
  • 60 credits (post-Master’s)
    • 27 credits in 6 Core Topical Seminars (4 credits each)
    • 9 credits in 3Applied Research, Assessment and Evaluation courses (3 credits each)
    • 4 credits (2 courses) in professional inquiry and written communication
    • 8 credits of  Apprenticeship
    • 12 credits of Capstone credits  (6 credits of 828: mid-program assessment and 6 credits: Capstone Project 829)
  • Courses offered online and all day Saturday seminars

Screening and admissions: LaTrina Graves, lgraves2@umd.edu 
Program
:  Dr. Margaret McLaughlin, mjm@umd.edu   
Tuition and Financial: Valerie Foster vfoster@umd.edu

  • Applying is a two-step process: materials are submitted for screening between March 30, 2020-June 15, 2020  (contact lgraves2@umd.edu in order to submit)
  • Screening of applications will begin May 15, 2020
  • Students recommended to apply to Graduate School will be notified by July 1, 2020 or before
  • Fall courses begin September, 2020