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University System of Maryland Hagerstown

Educational Leadership (Ed.D)

Program Purpose

The applied doctorate in Education is designed to provide an avenue for practitioners to complete a terminal degree in the profession. The program is rooted in authentic experiences, case studies, problem based learning activities, and an integrated practicum, in addition to the requisite theory and knowledge base commensurate with the terminal degree. The target audience includes individuals aspiring to be educational leaders, including administrators, supervisors, master teachers, policy specialists, and other educational professions at all levels.

The delivery design of the program is to integrate leadership as a theme throughout the selected area of specialization: Curriculum and Instruction, Higher Education Leadership, PK-12 Leadership, Reading, and Special Education. Program delivery is via the cohort model spanning two years of study with the practicum and dissertation completed in the third year. Course load and sequencing is designed to be attainable for the practitioner. Content mastery and research will require an authentic connection between theory and practice.


  • PK12 Leadership
  • Special Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Reading
  • Higher Education Leadership

Special Admission Criteria

Successful applicants must hold a master's degree from a recognized accredited institution and have earned a GPA of 3.0 or above in master's study. Applicants subject to professional licensure must already hold, or be eligible to hold, such licensure in the field of specialization. Applicants must submit three (3) letters of professional recommendation, statement of purpose, and resume. Applicants will also be asked to submit to an oral interview and complete a written problem-solving prompt.

Cohorts of not more than 25 are admitted in the Fall and will be admitted no more frequently than alternate years per site at the Frostburg State Campus and University of Maryland System Hagerstown site.

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