William & Mary's Executive Ed.D. programs offer an alternative to the traditional delivery model for the doctorate degree without sacrificing the quality education historically associated with William & Mary. Courses are taught primarily by regular School of Education faculty members, in a format that better meets the needs of working practitioners. The program is designed for educators with master's degrees who are currently serving in or seeking administrative roles.
William & Mary is a founding member of a national consortium participating in the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED). The project provides guiding principles to reform the Ed.D. into a degree of practice for K-12 educational leaders and scholarly practitioners. The principles of CPED promote social justice, equity, and excellence in learning organizations through the development of skilled leaders prepared for bold reform:
The Executive Ed.D.:
Our scholarly-practitioner model resides at the intersection of theory, inquiry and practice. Your coursework and research will complement your professional practice and will be enriched by deep collaboration with the expert community of practitioner-scholars you join.
Executive Ed.D. - K-12 Administration
Executive Ed.D. - Gifted Administration
Executive Ed.D. - Higher Education Administration
Executive Ed.D. - International School Leadership
The Executive Ed.D. in International School Leadership prepares leaders to shape effective organizations and lead institutional change in global contexts. The program features a focus on the human aspects of leadership, including cross-cultural and intercultural leadership knowledge, skills and attributes. Career paths for graduates include head of school and other leadership roles in international schools; leadership roles in university centers for international education; and leadership in non-profit organizations focused on education.
The curriculum includes three courses in addition to the standard Executive Ed.D. curriculum:
The Executive Ed.D. format fits the work and lifestyle of today’s educational professionals. All programs are designed to allow students to maintain full-time employment while earning a doctorate degree in as little as three years.
The concentrations in K-12, Gifted and Higher Education Administration follow a hybrid format. The program includes two years of coursework, delivered in summer sessions, weekends, and distance formats, as well as applied dissertation research. The two-week summer sessions are provided at W&M's campus in Williamsburg during years one and two.
The concentration in International School Leadership is fully online, allowing students to participate from anywhere in the world.
A practitioner dissertation model integrates dissertation content and preparation into regular course delivery throughout the program to allow completion of the degree in less than three years. The Dissertation in Practice is a scholarly endeavor that impacts a complex problem of practice. In consultation with faculty members, students design and pursue a dissertation around a specific, contextualized issue — typically one that has arisen in their professional work and which has the potential to result in improved understanding, experience and outcomes.
$950.00 per credit hour
- The K-12 Administration, Gifted Education, and International School Leadership concentrations are excluded from the W&M Educational Assistance Program. W&M employees in the Higher Education concentration may use the W&M Employee Educational Assistance program, but are limited to using the benefit for one course in fall and spring semesters and two courses in summer semesters.
Executive Ed.D. Program Coordinator
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