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Instructional Leadership, Doctor of Education

Students will refine existing knowledge and develop new knowledge, practices, and skills in the areas of administration, curriculum, diversity, higher education, and instructional technology to take leadership roles in facilitating the growth and development of other educators.

The degree program in Instructional Leadership provide students with an intellectual environment that enables them to refine existing knowledge and develop new knowledge, practices, and skills in the areas of administration, curriculum, diversity, higher education, and instructional technology to take leadership roles in facilitating the growth and development of other educators.

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  • Queens Campus
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Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information. 



I.  Core: Choose 4 of 5 Courses – 12 credits

  • EDU 5301 Leadership Values, Decision Making and Multicultural Org.
  • EDU 5556 Psychology and Development of Students in Higher Ed
  • EDU 5701 Critical Analysis & Review of Research in Education
  • EDU 7004 Essential Readings in Curriculum for the 20th Century
  • EDU 7005 Culturally Relevant Pedagogy & Curriculum
  • EDU 7412 Teaching Creative Thinking & Problem Solving to G&T Students

II. Required 3 Credits – To Be Taken In Second or Third Semester

  • EDU 7559 Introduction to Doctoral Research

III. Required Research Methodology:  15 credits

  • EDU 5655 Educational Research & Data Analysis I
  • EDU 7211 Educational Research & Data Analysis II (Prereq. 5655)
  • EDU 7900 Qualitative Research Methods in Education (Prereq. 5655)
  • EDU 7901 Educational Research and Data Analysis III (Prereq. 5655 & 7211) 
  • EDU 7800 Multivariate Data Analysis (Prereq. 5655 & 7211)
    EDU 7902 Advanced Qualitative Research in Ed (Prereq. 5655 & 7900)

IV. Areas of Specialization
Students must complete 9 credits in 1 Sequence and additional 9-12 credits in 1 or more sequences with the approval of an advisor. An Independent Study may be taken in an area of specialization. Total of 18 credits

(a)  Curriculum and Instruction Sequence:   6-12 Credits

  • EDU 5632 Organization & Admin. of Elem. & Secondary School Curricula
  • EDU 5743 Educational Planning: An Integration of Professional Capital Agendas
  • EDU 7715 Issues in Curriculum: Theory and Development
  • EDU 7890 Independent Study-Curriculum & Instruction

(b) Instructional Technology Sequence: 6-12

  • EDU 7662 Issues in Educational Computing
  • EDU 7666 Developing Curriculum Materials for the Web
  • EDU 7667 Foundations of Instr Design for Tech-Supported Learning
  • EDU 7669 Leadership in Technology II

(c)  Higher Education Sequence:  6-12 Credits

  • EDU 5551 Organization & Administrative Leadership in Higher Ed
  • EDU 5552 Issues and Problems in the Administration of Higher Ed
  • EDU 5553 Financial Management in Higher Ed
  • EDU 5554 Global Studies Programs & Distance Ed. In Higher Ed
  • EDU 5555  Data Management and Accountability in Higher Ed
  • EDU 5557 Recruitment, Retention & Academic Advisement in Higher Ed
  • EDU 5558 Fac-Stu Relations & Pedagogical Models in Higher Ed

(d)  Exceptional and Diverse Learners Sequence: 6-12 Credits for specialization select courses in any 2 areas

  • EDU 7410 Identification of the Gifted and Talented
  • EDU 7411 Introduction to Designing Programs, Curriculum & Materials for the G&T
  • EDU 7413 Professional Collaboration and Leadership in Gifted Education

Area:  Educational Issues of Students with Disabilities

  • EDU 9700 Research in Collaborative Partnerships and Strategic Instruction for General, Special and Inclusive Education
  • EDU 5811 Administration & Supervision of Services for Diverse Students for Gen. Spe & Incl Ed Settings: Childhood
  • EDU 9713 Theories of Learning and Development Related to Special and Gifted Populations

Area:  Educational Issues of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students

  • EDU 9002 Psychology and Sociology of Language and Bilingualism
  • EDU 9004 Content Area Instruction for Linguistically/Culturally Diverse Learners
  • EDU 7000 Psychological Foundations of Learning

(e)  Administration Sequence: Advanced Standing credits may be applied (15 credits)

(f) Special Topics in Educational Leadership (3 credits)

  • EDU 7980

V. Behavioral and Social Sciences Component: 6 Credits  Relevant courses approved by Faculty Advisor (e.g. Anthropology, Sociology, Speech, Business, Linguistics etc.)

VI. Full-time Residency Verification

VII.  Doctoral Level Comprehensive Examination Completed (after completion of 51 credits)

VIII. Doctoral Research Seminar-Enrollment in EDU 7990 (9 credits) is required for 3 semesters or until dissertation defense is successfully completed (minimum of 60 credits must be completed).

  • EDU 7990 Doctoral Research Seminar
  • EDU 7990 Doctoral Research Seminar
  • EDU 7990 Doctoral Research Seminar

Global Approach to Education

The Instructional Leadership Ed.D. Program is designed to develop educational leaders who are prepared to assume professional leadership in higher education, school-level teaching, social agencies, non-for-profit agencies, corporations and foundations, central-office administrative positions- particularly those directly related to curriculum and instruction, educational technology and differentiated instruction.

The program prepares graduates to:

Adapt curriculum theory to practice.

  • Interpret various theories of curriculum.
  • Identify and implement appropriate adaptations to the curriculum for students with diverse learning needs.
  • Understand and critique curriculum models and practices in the social/political context.

Utilize and interpret educational technology.

  • Design learning modules and units
  • Use web technologies as alternatives or supplements to classroom instruction
  • Conduct research on technology as related to instruction and learning
  • Use technology tools for assessment and accountability
  • Provide leadership in developing instructional technology systems

Address the learning needs of diverse learners

  • Design and implement instructional approaches for students with gifts and
    talents, or those with educational challenges.
  • Develop programmatic designs that facilitate system change to address
    the learning needs of diverse learners.
  • Understand and critique programs and practices for diverse learners from
    local, national, and international perspectives.

Understand and conduct research.

  • Investigate educational issues, using both statistical and qualitative
  • Draw reasoned interpretations from existing research to make decisions
    regarding educational issues.
  • Understand and critique research approaches in light of theory, social
    climate, and methodological strengths and weaknesses.
  • Apply professional and ethical standards in research.
  • Develop professional reports for dissemination to the research community
    via appropriate forums.



Department Contact

Catherine C. DiMartino


Sullivan Hall Queens


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