Ed.D. in Leadership
This degree is aimed at developing practicing scholars having the leadership skills that facilitate and maintain learning organizations, by which we mean organizations that continually reflect and develop. Traditionally, administrator and leader preparation programs have focused on the acquisition, processing and transmission of data and information but not on the acquisition, processing and transmission of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. This Ed.D. in Leadership will begin where existing programs end, with an emphasis on the leadership process involved in the transmission of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
This three-year, 48-hour program is built upon the recognition that although a leader’s work is contextual, it requires the ability to make decisions based upon available information of many types, sometimes with limited time for reflection. Thus, leaders need to be able to bring a number of analytic frames to the table, frames that reflect economic, legal, political, human relations, emotional, ethical, learning and systems thinking. At the core of the conceptual framework of this program is the conviction that leaders need to be able to use a variety of data and, therefore, need to know where to find those data, how to evaluate the evidence, and how to link it to policy and practice — all within fragmented and contested spaces and contexts. This, then, is a degree in thinking in multiple frames for the purposes of leading learning organizations toward ethical, equitable and accountable outcomes. The program culminates in the completion of a client-based capstone project.
As noted in the Ed.D. documentation below, applicants are required to submit scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) in their application packet. As the MAT documentation indicates, “the MAT involves general and academic knowledge and analytical skills acquired over years of study and learning, so cramming will not help much.” However, applicants are strongly advised to be test-wise before attempting to take the MAT. Please prepare for the MAT using the very helpful familiarization and practice material available on Pearson’s web site. Scores should be sent to VCU using the score recipient code 1788 and the following address:VCU Graduate School Moseley House 1001 Grove Avenue PO Box 843051 Richmond, VA 23284-3051
***** Applications for the next learning community of the Ed.D. in Leadership are due March 1st, 2013. *****
Tips for the online application: make sure that you have selected “Graduate (Sum) USCitz/Res” as the application type and “Summer 2013″ as the admission term. Once you are certain those items have been selected, look at the planned course of study page. In the drop down menu beside program, scroll all the way down to the L’s and select “Leadership (Ed.D.)”.
Graduate Bulletin Information
- General information about the Ed.D. in Leadership
- Graduate school admissions requirements
- Additional admissions requirements
- Application checklist and reference form