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Urban Leadership Program


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Degree: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Credits: 45

Start Semester: Fall
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time

The Division of Educational Leadership, Administration & Policy of the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) for current school leaders working for the New York City Department of Education. The program has a fall only start and is organized as a cohort at our Lincoln Center location. Students take the program of study together as a group. The cohorts range in size from 8 – 12 students.

Program Pre-Requisites

Applicants must meet the general requirements for graduate study in the Graduate School of Education. In addition, applicants must:
  • Possess a masters degree;
  • Submit two references and a personal statement;
  • Be currently serving as a principal or assistant principal with the New York City Department of Education;
  • Have a minimum of 3.5 graduate grade point average and a 3.0 at the undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrate a satisfactory command of oral and written English;
  • Earn a satisfactory rating on an on-site writing assessment;
  • Participate in an interview with faculty

Admissions Information

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Application Deadlines
  • February 1: Early Decision
  • March 1: Regular Decision

Additional Academic Requirements

Qualifying Paper
At the end of the first year of doctoral study, students are required to pass a qualifying examination. The purpose of the exam is to provide clear evidence that candidates show promise for successfully completing the doctoral dissertation. Specifically, the exam reflects the student’s ability to develop a major argument and handle a preliminary research assignment with reasonable facility.

Research Seminar Requirement
During the second year of the programs, students are required to register for three semesters of Research Apprenticeship Seminar, which meets one week night per month from September through May. A final project is required for completion of Seminar. The Research Seminar offers presentations on topics related to the development and completion of the dissertation.

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