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School of Professional Studies

Apply Now for Fall 2021

We are now accepting applications for the Cohort beginning in Fall 2021!

Application review begins March 1, 2021 and continues through August 15, 2021

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About the Program

WestConn’s EdD program in Instructional Leadership is the only doctorate of its kind in Connecticut and is one of only a few doctoral programs in the country to focus on instructional leadership. The dynamic curriculum prepares educators, such as teachers, curriculum specialists, counselors, school psychologists, and administrators to create innovative learning environments; to respond to reform at the national, state and local levels; and to transform educational organizations. Therefore, program experiences were designed to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of Candidates as they lead educational reform efforts.

The EdD Program is organized to accept a new Cohort of students every other year, beginning in fall 2003. The cohort model provides a peer group for students as they progress through the program together. With a total of approximately 20 participants per Cohort, members of the first Cohort graduated in May 2008. The program faculty members also strive to maintain a strong commitment to both the community and to the students by consistently examining and updating the program where appropriate.

Purpose of the Program

This program is for educators who are interested in exploring issues related to leadership in schools, curriculum and instruction, reflective practice, and methods of inquiry related to school settings. Graduates of this program will be able to apply advanced curricular systems and strategies in classrooms and schools. The program will prepare teachers to be instructional leaders within their districts, able to assist with many decisions related to academics and assessment.

Attention: the "2020 Doctoral Cohort Celebration" has been postponed.

More details on the celebration will be posted in the future, thank you.

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Program Coordinator

Dr. Marcy Delcourt 203-837-9121 delcourtm@wcsu.edu