General Information

Program Outcomes

Effective school leaders improve the school system by developing a shared vision among the people they lead. They emphasize the very best teaching and learning, transform their schools into environments in which everyone grows, implement system-wide planning based on data, allocate resources to those plans, and develop positive relationships with colleagues and community.

 The core function of all school leaders is to continually improve student learning. DELA’s model of leadership, and an analysis and synthesis of the professional standards and principles that guide the proposed doctoral program, result in nine program outcomes. Upon completing the program, doctoral candidates will have demonstrated the ability to:

 1. Develop a shared vision among the people they lead.

2. Solve problems of professional practice by analyzing relevant evidence.

3. Implement system-wide planning for improvement based on evidence.

4. Align and allocate resources at all levels of the organization.

5. Emphasize the very best teaching and learning - lead the curriculum improvement cycle and the process of curricular evaluation.

6. Practice philosophical inquiry and ethical analysis in professional practice.

7. Develop and articulate the mission in a way that strengthens the competence and commitment of the people they serve.

8. Demonstrate positive relationships with all stakeholders.

9. Navigate and influence state and federal governmental structures that impact the financial wellbeing of the system and local school initiatives.

Capstone Project

The EdD program includes the completion of a capstone project that will demonstrate a synthesis and culmination of the candidate’s work. The candidate will engage in scholarly inquiry to analyze, evaluate, and effectively leverage data in order to deal with a problem of professional practice.


Role of Field-based Mentor

Field-based mentors will be experts in the field. Candidates will select their field-based Mentors, with input from their doctoral advisor, based on the problem of practice. In each of the three Problem of Practice Internships, field-based mentors will work with their candidates for a minimum of one hour a week for 13 weeks to connect the problem of practice with real work in the field.

Delivery Of Program Core And Customizable Electives

Candidates will be able to customize 6 credits of the program through several specialty area courses. DELA faculty will partner with field-based mentors to provide candidate-specific experiences in settings during three different semesters that support candidates’ work on their problem of practice.