Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership       

Marcia A. B. Delcourt, Program Coordinator Phone: (203) 837-9121
Catherine O’Callaghan, Education and Educational Psychology Chair (203) 837-3267
Ana Cangialosi, Dept. Secretary Phone: (203) 837-8510
  Fax: (203) 837-8413



All university and associated programs are accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Additionally, WCSU’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Leadership program is approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). The program to obtain a Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092), available to students admitted to the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program, is accredited at the state level by the CSDE and nationally through the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA).

Program Overview                                                                                                          

Western’s Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership degree program is designed for educators who are interested in exploring issues related to leadership in schools, curriculum and instruction, reflective practice and methods of inquiry related to PK-12 school settings. Graduates of this program will be able to apply advanced curricular systems and strategies in classrooms and schools. The program will prepare educators to be instructional leaders within their districts so they will be able to assist with many decisions related to academics and assessment. Students admitted to the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program also may apply for admission to the certificate program in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092). This certificate program is a collaboration between Western (WCSU) and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).

092 Certificate Description

The Certificate for Intermediate Administration and Supervision program is offered to candidates who have fulfilled the requirements of a planned program leading to administrative positions in a school district up to and including assistant superintendent. These positions include roles such as department chair, assistant principal, and principal. To receive the endorsement, all candidates must complete a planned program approved by the CSDE and receive a passing grade on the four-module Connecticut Administrator’s Test.

Western’s state-approved program is offered in collaboration with CCSU and is ONLY available for graduate students enrolled in Western’s Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program. Please note: The terms “Certificate for Intermediate Administration and Supervision” and “092 Certificate” shall be used interchangeably. 

Program Mission and Objectives

In addition to fulfilling the mission of the education and educational psychology (E & EP) department, candidates for the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership degree must meet objectives that are varied and vital to the professional development of classroom educators and for the improvement of student achievement. The program is designed to prepare PK-12 educators to:

  1. Assume roles of leadership in the conceptualization, initiation, assessment and redesign of instructional strategies.
  2. Conduct meaningful site-based inquiry pertaining to student achievement, program assessment and other measures of educational success.
  3. Develop and implement innovative curricula that focus on excellence and equity in education.
  4. Implement school-wide professional development activities utilizing applied research, instructional technology and best practices in PK-12 schools.
  5. Implement school-wide professional development activities consistent with emerging national standards as articulated by relevant professional specialty associations.

Western’s Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership is founded on the belief that instructional leaders should be a major human resource in every educational system. The effectiveness of PK-12 schools is determined in great part by the quality of teaching as evidenced by outstanding practitioners.

Technology, curricula restructuring, school management and assessment succeed only if they are supported, embraced, internalized and owned by teachers, administrators and support staff. The vast reservoir of talent, energy and experience of all educators can be released and realized through this program. Additionally, all students are expected to abide by the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility.

Admission Requirements for the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership Program

Application Checklist:

For additional information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (203) 837-8244.

All program materials are available at

Please submit:

__ 1. A completed application form.

__ 2. A copy of your master’s degree diploma (in education or a related field).

__ 3. Evidence of three years of full-time educational experience in a PK-12 setting:

         a.  a copy of your educator certificate(s).


         b.  a letter from an administrator working at an accredited institution.

__ 4. A one- to two-page resumé.

__ 5. A $100 nonrefundable fee.

Please arrange for the following to be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies at WCSU:

__ 6. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended; a minimum       

     cumulative GPA of 3.67 for all previous graduate course work is required.

__ 7. An official score of at least the 50th percentile rank on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required

         if a cumulative graduate GPA is below 3.67. The MAT must be taken within the past five years. In addition,

         the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international students.

__ 8. Three recommendations attesting to your professional educational qualifications and 

     ability to complete a doctoral program. At least one of these recommendations must 

     be completed by someone in a supervisory capacity in an educational setting. The

     official WCSU form must be used for the completion of all recommendations.

__9. A completed immunization form.


  1. Admission to the program will be determined after a satisfactory interview with designated WCSU representatives from the Ed.D. admissions committee.
  2. Please do not send any additional materials.
  3. Admission to the Ed.D. Program in Instructional Leadership is competitive.
  4. Cohorts consist of 20-25 candidates.
  5. Review of application materials begins March 1. All admission requirements must be received by the Office of Graduate Studies at least one month prior to the beginning of classes for the first course in each cohort sequence.
  6. This program is based on a cohort model that accepts students every other year (Fall 2013, Fall 2015, etc.).

Tk20 License Requirement

All candidates who enter degree or certificate programs in Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University are required to purchase a Tk20 license before or during the first week of class. Tk20 is part of Westconn’s assessment system and essential for continuous accreditation. Information about purchasing the license is at this link: (lower left).  If you have questions please contact Dr. Catherine O’Callaghan E&EP Chair,

Admission Requirements to the Certificate for Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092)                                                                                                          

The following three requirements were set forth by the CSDE for admission to a program for a Certificate for Intermediate Administration and Supervision. These criteria must be met by all applicants:

1. Hold a master’s degree in education or a related field from an accredited institution.

2. Evidence of five years of full-time educational experience in a PK-12 setting.

3. Completion of at least 36 semester hours (3 credits) of a special education course.

For WCSU’s program, the entrance materials will include three additional types of information:

4. Two recommendations, using a form with specific criteria and questions developed in conjunction with faculty at WCSU, CCSU and local administrators. One recommendation must be completed by the candidate’s district superintendent or someone at the executive level of the school district (Central Office), and the second should be submitted by a supervisor of the applicant.

5. An application and leadership mini-portfolio must be completed by each applicant and assessed using a scoring rubric that incorporates knowledge, skills and dispositions.

6. An interview including an accompanying four-point rating of target criteria will be completed by all interviewers.

An admissions committee will minimally consist of the educational administration program coordinator, at least one other faculty member from the Ed.D. Program and a present or former local school administrator. All candidate materials will be reviewed by the admissions committee before entry to the program will be granted.

Admissions Policies

Graduate students in the Ed.D. program must complete the requirements for the degree within the 6-year period immediately preceding the awarding of the degree. An appeal process through WCSU’s Graduate Council is available if a student needs to apply for an extension beyond this period of time.

Students in the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program may apply to the 092 certificate program during their second semester of dissertation seminars or two years later. Earlier application can only be made by consent of the coordinator for the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program and the coordinator of the certificate program.

Transfer of Credit

Doctoral students can transfer up to nine credit hours of doctoral level coursework provided the credits represent equivalent courses described in the program of study, pending approval by the program coordinator. Only courses with a grade of “B” or better can be transferred. A course cannot be transferred if it is part of a prior completed degree.

Academic Grading Policies

Students obtaining a grade of “B-” or lower will be required to retake the course in order to continue in the program.

Academic Planning

Each candidate must meet with the Ed.D. program coordinator to discuss the academic program and the doctoral advisement process. Course sequencing is predetermined and all students participate in a cohort model in order to complete the program.

Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership

A minimum of 60 semester hours (SH) is required for the Ed.D. degree, including the requirement for a dissertation.

Core Courses in Theory and Foundation 18 SH
ED 800 Foundations of Instructional Leadership 3 SH

ED 801 Group Leadership, Group Processes and Team Building in Education

3 SH
ED 802 Emerging Instructional Technologies 3 SH
ED 803 National Standards, Current Practices and Policies in Education (Summer Institute) 3 SH
ED 804 Learning, Cognition, and Teaching 3 SH
ED 805 Research and Evaluation in Education 3 SH


Areas of Specialization

 18 SH

ED 820 Topics in Curriculum and Instruction

3 SH

ED 821 Leadership Assessment and Development

3 SH

ED 822 Talent Development Across the Curriculum

3 SH

ED 823 Models of Creative Thinking

3 SH

ED 824 Diversity Issues in Schools

3 SH

ED 826 Quantitative and Qualitative — Applications of Educational Research

3 SH


Inquiry Strategies and Dissertation Sequence

24 SH

ED 860 Quantitative Methods Applied to Educational Research

3 SH

ED 861 Qualitative Methods Applied to Educational Research

3 SH

ED 865 Introduction to Educational Research Designs

3 SH

ED 881 Dissertation Seminar 1

3 SH

ED 882 Dissertation Seminar 2

3 SH

ED 883 Dissertation Seminar 3

3 SH

ED 884 Dissertation Seminar 4

3 SH

ED 885 Dissertation Seminar 5

3 SH

Certificate for Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092)       

The planned program for this certificate is a total of 24 semester hours. The recommending institution, WCSU, will offer 18 of these credits. The remaining six credits will be offered through CCSU. A minimum of 60 hours is required for the Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership degree, including the requirements for a dissertation.

Institution Courses 24 SH
WCSU ED 800 Foundations of Instructional Leadership 3 SH
WCSU ED 804 Learning, Cognition and Teaching 3 SH
WCSU ED 820 Topics in Curriculum and Instruction 3 SH
WCSU ED 805 Research and Evaluation in Education 3 SH
CCSU EDL 618 Understanding the Political and Ethical Environment of School Leadership 3 SH
CCSU EDL 656 Leadership and Supervision in Teaching and Learning 3 SH
WCSU ED 660 Internship and Seminar in Educational Leadership: Theory, Research, and Practice I 3 SH
WCSU ED 665 Internship and Seminar in Educational Leadership: Theory, Research, and Practice II 3 SH

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