Administration and Supervision (EdD)

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Degree: Doctor of Education (EdD)
Credits: 45


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

Career Path: Advancement in higher education and K-12 careers. An EdD is often required for assistant superintendent and superintendent positions in K-12 and for dean and vice president positions in higher education.

The Doctor of Education in Administration and Supervision is designed to prepare transformative leaders who understand the social, political, economic, and cultural changes that will alter traditional conceptions of American society.

The program is based on the recognition that administration must be an intellectual and moral practice as well as craft.

In keeping with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) model, the program blends theory and practice to solve contemporary problems in K-12 schools. The sequence of core experiences is related to school leadership, organizational design, educational policy, diversity, critical theory, the change process, ethics, and the history, philosophy, and sociology of education.

The goal of the curriculum is to help administrators construct a new approach to the organization and administration of schools: one that understands the need to prepare today’s youth, in all their diversity, to live and work in a world of ideas and ideals, a world of constant change and the redefinition of community amidst plurality, a world that requires lifelong learning.

Cohort Descriptions

The program uses a cohort model for candidates in the program. Candidates may participate in one of three cohort types including Urban Leadership, Executive Leader, and K-12 Education Leadership. The requirements are the same for all three cohorts but each cohort will be given opportunities to select courses from the menu of course offerings and select research topics that enable them to pursue one of three selected foci.

The Urban Leadership Cohort generally consists of current New York City school building leaders who are interested in applying their learning from the doctoral program to the challenges of urban education. Building on the leadership experience of cohort members, this cohort seeks to challenge urban school leaders to examine enduring problems of practice faced by our nation’s urban schools in providing effective and transformative leadership. Cohort members will be able to consider trends and research in urban education they seek to contribute new knowledge, understanding, and practices to school leadership in the urban context.

The Executive Leadership Cohort generally consists of students who are particularly interested in the challenges of the diverse social, political, economic and cultural contexts in which schools operate and will use this lens in selecting courses and for research, this cohort will have opportunities school leadership, organizational design, educational policy, managing change and other aspects of the educational environment.

The K-12 Education Leadership Cohort follows the same program as the ELP cohort but affords students the opportunity to focus on the urban/suburban spectrum in considering issues of school leadership, organizational design, educational policy, managing change and other aspects of the educational environment. It is intended for students living north of New York City where diversity challenges may vary considerably from one locale to another.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Education degree program in Administration and Supervision must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study at the Graduate School of Education, and the following program-specific requirements:

  • Have completed at least three years of appropriate administrative experience
  • Possess appropriate professional administrative certification
  • Possess a master's degree
  • Have a minimum 3.5 graduate GPA and 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Earn satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT); scores must be fewer than five years old
  • Provide two letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrate satisfactory command of oral and written English
  • Show evidence of academic ability, effective communication skills, leadership potential, and seriousness of purpose
  • Participate in an interview with faculty

Please contact the Admissions Office with questions at

Application Deadlines

All programs start in the fall semester only.

Lincoln Center

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


  • March 1

Additional Academic Requirements

Qualifying Exam

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.

Program of Study

Courses are three-credits unless otherwise noted. Browse course schedules and descriptions.

Students must take 33 credits (11 courses) from among the following courses:

  • Administration and Supervision Seminar (ASGE7431)
  • Administration of Post-Secondary Education (ASGE6359)
  • Clinic for School Administrators (ASGE6531)
  • Critical Issues in Administration and Supervision (ASGE6461)
  • Data Analysis and Accountability (ASGE7333)
  • Economics and Finance of Education (ASGE7322)
  • Educational Management and Public Policy (ASGE6331)
  • History of Education (UEGE6276)
  • Impact of Prejudice on Minority Groups in America (UEGE6243)
  • Leading a Learning Organization (ASGE7444)
  • Leading Organizational Change (ASGE7442)
  • Philosophy of Education (UEGE6001)
  • Political Factors in Administration and Supervision (ASGE7430)
  • Seminar in Ethics and Social Justice (ASGE7448)
  • Seminar in Leadership (ASGE7428)
  • Seminar in Organizational Behavior (ASGE7440)
  • Seminar in Organizational Culture (ASGE7446)
  • Seminar in Organizational Theory (ASGE7432)
  • Social Theories and Educational Institutions (ASGE7429)
  • Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Implementation (ASGE7435)
  • Urban Education: Problems and Perspectives (UEGE6241)
  • Urban Sociology and Education (UEGE6330)

Research Component (9 credits) from the following courses:

  • Advanced Statistics in Administration and Supervision (ASGE6620)
  • Dissertation Seminar: EdD (3 credits maximum toward degree) (ASGE8750)
  • Field Research in Administration and Supervision (0 credit) (ASGE7531)
  • Research in Administration and Supervision I (ASGE7721)
  • Research in Administration and Supervision II (ASGE7731)

Other requirements:

  • Comprehensive Assessment Exam (0 credit) (ASGE0901)
  • Doctoral Residency Seminar (0 credit) (EDGE8001)
  • Permanent Matriculation Status (0 credit) (ASGE0900)
  • Proposal Acceptance (0 credit) (ASGE0999)