Ed.D. Program Produces Transformative Education Leaders Through High Levels of Intellectual and Scholarly Engagement

January 17, 2018

The GSE’s current Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) is designed to empower education practitioners to be change agents in a wide range of contexts from higher education, to K-12, to community-based organizations, and in informal educational settings. The program helps educators develop their ability to use research and data to lead change in their organizations.

The GSE’s Ed.D. program was founded in 1930 and was redesigned and re-launched in 2010.  Rutgers faculty collaborated with doctoral faculty from all over the country as part of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) to meet the evolving needs of the field and to enhance the contribution of graduates to improving educational outcomes for all learners.

It is a program designed for working professionals who want to bridge their university-based learning with their experience in the workplace. The four Ed.D. program concentrations along with student testimonials are provided below:

  1. Design of Learning Environments (DLE):

The Design of Learning Environments concentration focuses on the development of scholarly practitioners who utilize the science of instructional design to ensure that intended audiences are benefitting from effective learning environments. It enables leaders to design and redesign high quality programs that align with the mission of their school, corporation or organization. Dr. Clark Chinn, an internationally recognized scholar of the learning sciences is among the world-renowned faculty for this concentration.

“I really loved my time in the Ed.D. program at GSE. The Design of Learning Environments concentration, and the Ed.D. program as a whole, helped me to consider audiences and options that I would not have thought of and prepared me to not only design/develop instructional approaches but also to evaluate the effectiveness of those approaches. My involvement in the Ed.D. program helped me to secure a promotion to the position of Assistant Dean for Instructional Support and Assessment at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. “

Dr. Steve Garwood, 2016

  1. Teacher Leadership (TL):

Teacher Leadership empowers educators with the advocacy skills they need to be effective change agents in their schools. Students benefit from working with leading national experts in the field of Teacher Leadership such as Dr. Melinda Mangin who is also the Ed.D. Program Director.

“The Ed.D. program at the GSE helped me to become an effective change agent. The Teacher Leadership concentration in particular gave me the skills I needed to advance from my role as a teacher to an Educational Consultant working to train teacher leaders in New York City Public Schools. The program empowered me to utilize current research and theory in real world settings and to diagnose and effectively address problems of practice in some rather challenging learning environments. Being a GSE graduate also gave me a distinct advantage over other candidates when I was interviewing for my current role, not only in obtaining the position, but also in negotiating my compensation.”

Dr. Michelle Macchia, 2016

  1. Educational Leadership (EL):

The Educational Leadership concentration empowers educators to become transformative school leaders. Students in the EL concentration learn to confront and alter institutional biases and low expectations associated with race, class, culture, sexual orientation, gender, and disability or special status. Faculty include Dr. Catherine Lugg, a foremost expert on LGBTQ equity issues and Dr. Bruce Baker, an expert on education finance.

“The GSE has prepared me to be a more effective educator and assume leadership roles within my district that focus on student achievement and academic excellence at all levels.  I chose the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University for my Ed.D. because it is considered to be one of the best graduate schools in the country and because the Ed.D program utilizes a cohort model. The GSE was definitely the right choice for me - I was able to secure my doctorate in four years and as an Assistant Principal at Hackensack High School, I have been able to implement what I learned at the GSE into all facets of my everyday job as an education leader.”

Dr. Anibal A. Galiana, 2014

  1. Education, Culture, and Society (ECS):

The Education, Culture, and Society concentration is designed to build the next generation of educational change agents who address issues of equity, race, social class, gender, social justice, community relations, and globalization. Renowned faculty includes Dr. Beth Rubin, a leading expert in civic education, and Dr. Ben Justice, an educational historian.

“The GSE’s Ed.D. program was the right fit for me due to their change-agent mission and focus on professional and personal growth as a scholarly practitioner. Earning an Ed.D. at the GSE has opened up doors in my career track that I never could have predicted. My move to the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences division as their Director of Alumni Relations has immersed me in the academic health arena where many of my colleagues have doctorates. The Ed.D. has also given me the base of knowledge that I needed to apply for and be awarded a fellowship in my field. Being the Robert G. Forman Fellow for the Council of Alumni Association Executives is something I would not have had the confidence or the skill set to do without my Ed.D. Earning the Ed.D. at the GSE has changed my life for the better, given my children an example of dreaming big, and has given me friends for life from my cohort.”

Dr. Lisa English, 2016

“The level of intellectual scholarly engagement is what sets apart the GSE’s Ed.D. program from others in the nation,” said Ed.D. Program Director, Dr. Melinda Mangin. “Our program is as rigorous as the Ph.D. program but with a focus on practice.”

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