Ed.D. Concentration in Educational Leadership

"Each class provided something which had an immediate direct, positive impact on my practice." -- Dr. Mary Jo McKinley, Director, Academy Charter High School, Lake Como, NJ
The Ed.D. concentration in Educational Leadership helps school leaders develop the knowledge and skills to become change agents who use rigorous research to address a wide range of problems of practice and policy. We do not assume that applicants already serve as administrators. Rather, the intended audience for this concentration is current and future school and district P-12 administrators. However, we do expect applicants to the Ed.D in Educational Leadership be certified as principals if they intend to work in New Jersey public schools. If you are interested in becoming certified as a s principal, please consider applying for the Ed.M in Educational Leadership
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Typical Schedule

Courses in black are core courses taken by all Ed.D. students. Information on the core courses can be found here.

Courses in red are Educational Leadership Concentration courses or Concentration electives.  Information on the elective courses can be found here

A five-year schedule is also available for those who need more time to complete their doctorate.


"The Rutgers Ed.D. program transformed me from student to researcher and from manager to leader. The coursework and professors pushed me to think critically about research and to use it thoughtfully in practice. I also formed lasting personal and professional bonds with my cohort. It was an incredible experience!" -- Dr. Jocelyn Dumaresq, K-12 Supervisor of Language Arts/English, Scotch Plains- Fanwood Public Schools.


Program Requirements 

The Ed.D. in Education requires 72 credits of coursework, consisting of 24 credits of core study, 24 credits in the concentration, and 24 credits in the dissertation. Most students will participate in a cohort program and complete their work in just over three years.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

The Ed.D. student handbook can be found here.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Cheryl A. McLean.



All applications must be completed online through the university’s Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Applications are due by January 15 for summer admission.



Bruce D. Baker Kedra Gamble
Catherine A. Lugg Melinda Mangin
Maqueda Randall-Weeks Gail Verona

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Do I need to be certified as a school administrator to be accepted into the Educational Leadership Ed.D. program?

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is intended for students who are or seek to become educational leaders; however, it does not provide school leadership certification.  If you aspire to become a principal or higher in a New Jersey school that requires school leader certification (anything but a private or parochial school), you must get that certification before applying for the Ed.D. program.  (If you do seek certification, please consider getting the M.Ed. in educational administration from the Rutgers GSE.) If you aspire to become a principal or higher outside of New Jersey, please follow the rules governing certification in your state.


Question:  Will this program help me if I am interested in becoming a leader in pre-school or higher education?

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership covers issues of organizational and leadership theory that are common to K-12, pre-school, and higher education, but the specific applications are all geared to the K-12 world.  Our experience is that individuals with a higher education background who apply to the program do not find it as relevant as a program in Higher Education.  Pre-school leaders do often find the program valuable.


Question: How much experience do I need to have to be accepted into the Educational Leadership Ed.D. program?

Because most school districts do not hire individuals to be school leaders until they have had notable teaching experience, the Educational Leadership faculty follows strictly the Ed.D. Program requirement that students have three years of working experience before being admitted.


Visit the general Ed.D. FAQ page here