EdD Colloquium

Ed.D. at the Esteves School of Education

School systems across New York State and the nation need highly qualified educational leaders. Race to the Top, a financial crisis, a tax cap, changing student demographics, national core standards and the internet are creating a convergence of demands unlike those at any other time in recent history. This program focuses on effective system leadership.

If you are working in a leadership role in education and are ready for expanded responsibilities, would benefit from the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills, or want to immerse yourself in a community of practitioner scholars examining current issues and research, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at Sage is for you. The program is designed for fully engaged public school leaders, independent school heads, charter school leaders and those with statewide responsibilities in educationally related organizations. The program serves primarily K – 12 leaders from New York and surrounding states in the northeast.

Benefits of Sage’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership:

  • 98 percent candidate retention rate
  • Expected completion time of only 27 months
  • Cohort model program allows candidates to proceed through the 42- credit program together
  • Access to a Sage executive coach who supports a candidate during the program and contributes to the candidate’s ongoing development of professional networks
  • Candidates can earn their School District Leader certification as part of the 42 credits
  • Federal financial aid available

The EDL program at the Esteves School of Education is nationally accredited by NCATE/CAEP, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

What you’ll experience…

The program was created in the context of the Esteves School of Education’s Conceptual Framework. Once admitted to the program, you will:

  • Engage in advanced study in leadership, organizational governance, change theory, and community building
  • Generate research-based solutions to significant problems of practice in the field by developing applied research skills
  • Participate in a field experience component designed to broaden knowledge and perspectives
  • Hone existing technology skills and develop technology capacity as learners and as leaders
  • Study with an exceptional faculty who themselves represent a balance between practitioners and researchers

What to expect….

Candidates must anticipate a highly rigorous program of study. Nevertheless, nearly half of the members of each cohort make a positive career move and begin new positions while in the program. Some expand their families with children; others retire. Life happens while doctoral study proceeds. To date, 87 percent of eligible candidates have received their degree within 27 months of entering the program. Over 90 percent complete within 36 months.

EDL Overview

Admission Requirements

The Ed.D. program is limited to qualified candidates who have completed a master’s degree or degrees, with no fewer than 60 graduate credits of study in education or related areas, and a GPA of no less than 3.5 in graduate coursework.

Also required:

  • An application to Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges.
  • Apply online at sage.edu/apply
  • Official transcripts for ALL previously attended schools
  • Statement of career goals supporting the choice to enter doctoral study at this time
  • Three letters of professional reference that address the candidate’s potential in relationship to the NYSED nine essential characteristics of effective school leaders
  • Participation in a personal admission interview and an on-demand writing sample to determine readiness and capability for scholarly writing
  • Completed immunization form
  • Current resume

All application materials should be uploaded at sage.edu/apply or sent to:

The Sage Colleges
140 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York 12208
Attn: Office of Graduate Admission