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Drexel University announces online doctorate in educational leadership

Drexel University Online has announced it will launch a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Management program this fall. While the degree has been available for several years in a blended format, with both on-campus classes and online components, this will mark the first time it’s been offered fully online. Eric Hagen, the senior program director for Drexel University online, says the program will give students “an unrivaled path to career advancement during these evolving times in education.”

“Our Ed.D. is a singular program based on the Drexel philosophy that theory springs from practice,” said William Lynch, dean of the School of Education. “Students are encouraged to challenge their own thinking within a group and venture beyond problem solving to a unique model of individual leadership that will become a lifelong pattern of professional communication and growth.”

According to Drexel, the program is ideal for principals, school superintendents, directors, or K-12 and postsecondary administrators. Through coursework and collaborative discourse, students can expect to learn about finance, management, thinking strategically, and creativity. They will also have the chance to choose from a number of specializations, including special education, policy, human resources, and educational administration.

Dr. Allen Grant, Director of Education Administration for the School of Education, will be leading the online program. In his more than 20 years of education experience, Grant has held leadership positions with both the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. He believes that, “The Ed.D. program prepares students to be leaders and advocates for educational reform. Offering the program entirely online allows us to provide students access to the rigorous education for which Drexel University is known, regardless of their location.”

Drexel University Online has offered online degrees since 1996, and several of its programs are ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Online Graduate Programs.”


Sources:
"About Drexel University Online," drexel.com
“Drexel University Online to Launch Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management,” prweb.com, March 11, 2013