Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

New Faculty 

Preparing Visionary School Leaders

The Doctor of Education program is designed to develop visionary educational leaders and prepare them for positions of leadership in school districts and educational coordination and policy-making at local, regional and statewide levels.

The program will prepare reflective and ethical practitioners who create learning communities in which all children experience a sense of belonging, discover the excitement of learning, and demonstrate achievement individually and collaboratively.

The Need

Visionary educational leaders who are reflective and ethical practitioners are essential to creating learning communities where all children experience a sense of belonging, discover the excitement of learning, and demonstrate achievement individually and collaboratively. This program is designed to develop such leaders. Sage strives to prepare scholar practitioners whose leadership will benefit students and influence future educational policy

The Purpose

The program will

  • Provide advanced study in leadership and change theory for candidates entering significant system-wide leadership roles in school districts
  •  Lead to the creation of exceptional, inclusive learning communities in the schools and districts served by our graduates
  • Generate a forum for women and men of differing races and ethnicities to convene and challenge themselves as they investigate the effects of race, poverty, gender, and special needs on the achievement of children
  • Develop knowledgeable, engaged leaders who , as scholar practitioners,  are skillful in the act of inquiry
  • Produce reflective and active educational leaders who respect the past but are not constrained by it in their thought or action on behalf of learners
  • Become a model of school district- university cooperation in leadership development
  • Ignite and disseminate research based decision making and problem solving for school districts in need

The Response

The doctoral program at Sage is designed to prepare educators to be visionary, creative, ethical and accountable leaders who will set and achieve high educational standards for their schools and districts.

The program was developed by Sage faculty in the Esteves School of Education in collaboration with an advisory committee of area superintendents and principals.