Department of Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership (DEL) assumes a leading role locally, nationally and internationally in preparing a new generation of transformative educational leaders and policy analysts committed to the pursuit of scholarship and serving those most in need. 

Unique cohort model

Upon entering the program, students become part of a cohort who work together for the duration of the program. This model helps to encourage a more dynamic, supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Choose between the EdD or PhD

The EdD path seeks to prepare reflective practitioners with the leadership and management skills necessary to transform educational institutions and improve student learning in a variety of school environments.

The PhD path is designed for those who wish to combine a strong base of theoretical knowledge with an individualized focus to analyze policy about PreK-12, postsecondary and adult learning environments.

What can you do with an EdD or Phd

The doctoral program prepares future practitioners and scholars who will work in a variety of positions.

  • academic researchers
  • administrators 
  • educational consultants
  • educational theorists
  • executives in leadership roles
  • policy makers
  • professors

The program, which is designed to be completed in four years, gives students the opportunity to earn either an EdD or PhD. The application deadline is April 30th.

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May 13, 2017 UMass Dartmouth awards 1,529 undergraduate degrees at Xfinity Center National Public Radio Legal Correspondent Nina Totenberg awarded honorary degree, urges Class of 2017, “don’t just listen to things you agree with.” Obama-era White House Photographer Pete Souza awarded Chancellor’s Medal for capturing “the essence of the powerful and the powerless and the momentous events that have engulfed them both.”
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May 13, 2017 UMass Dartmouth awards 535 graduate degrees at Xfinity Center MacArthur Foundation Managing Director Cecilia Conrad awarded honorary degree, urges master’s and doctorate graduates to “shape environments that inspire creativity.” Author LGBT activist Jennifer Finney Boylan awarded Chancellor’s Medal for her “unyielding commitment to recognizing and protecting the core truth of every individual.”
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May 1, 2017 UMass Dartmouth Commencement 2017 student speakers announced Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctorate candidate Michael Savaria of Westport; undergraduate psychology major Brandi Bass of Springfield, and law degree candidate Sheyla Lors of Brooklyn, New York will deliver remarks to classmates May 13-15

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