SHU Announces Plans to Launch Doctorate of Education Program
Sacred Heart University is planning to launch a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) program that will also culminate in a Connecticut 093 certification for school superintendent. The two-and-a-half year program—expected to launch for the fall 2014 semester—is interdisciplinary, a collaboration between SHU’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education and the John F. Welch College of Business.
“Part of the impetus for creating this great new program was demand among graduates of the certificate of advanced study in educational leadership, and part of it was to capitalize on our fantastic faculty that teaches in the educational leadership program,” says James Carl, dean of the College of Education. “We have a great team of expert educators that includes former school superintendents, former principals and others with up-to-date credentials and leadership skills who will be mentoring students.” Sacred Heart University is the number one preparer of school principals both in terms of the quality of the program and in the outstanding passage rate when taking the Connecticut Administrator Test.
The College of Education is also expanding the faculty in the educational leadership program. Michael Barbour, formerly of Detroit’s Wayne State University, was hired in July to head the new program as director of doctoral studies, to be followed soon by a new professor of educational leadership focused on quantitative research methods.
Carl says the degree will prepare candidates to assume leadership positions as school superintendents and in education management organizations. “The doctorate is also useful for school principals in terms of both making them more competitive in the job market and giving them the skills they need to excel in their current roles,” he says.
One innovative part of the program is that it will include three doctoral dissertation seminars to assist students through the process of completing their degree and certification. “These seminars provide a seasoned professor to help students develop their dissertation chapters and ensure successful completion of the program. They serve as mentors in both research and writing,” Carl says. “This new doctoral program promises to build on our outstanding network of educational administrators in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast.”