Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Professional Studies
Educational Leadership and Professional Studies Doctoral Program
Mission Statement for the Doctoral Program
The Mission of the Holy Family University Doctoral Program is to develop effective and ethical leaders for schools and communities who can make significant contributions to their fields of knowledge through applied research.
Overall Goals of the Doctoral Program
To provide a research-based education program to develop innovative and ethical school and community leaders.
To offer a program that is flexible and is designed for working practitioners to expand their practice and leadership skills through concentrated interdisciplinary coursework and research.
To promote a deep professional commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to leadership through the application of practical research skills and ethical decision-making in service to others.
To foster candidates who can make significant contributions to their field of knowledge through applied research.
To present a supportive and collaborative learning environment that encourages candidates to develop as scholars and researchers.
The program will be flexible and designed for working professionals with courses offered during evening and summer sessions. Some online and weekend courses will be available with the intent of providing flexible course offerings which are structured for the working practitioner seeking advanced studies for professional development and professional advancement.
Faculty Contact Information
Elizabeth A. Jones, Ph.D.
Director of Doctoral Program
Professor of Education
Holy Family University
Education and Technology Center, 434
Process of Applicant Admission to Doctoral Studies
Applicants for admission to the Doctor of Education Program are expected to demonstrate strong academic skills and a deep commitment to improving the educational services available to students within their fields of interest. Successful applicants may concentrate their studies in Literacy, Educational Administration or Professional Studies such as Special Education with the option to qualify for State certification as school principals or superintendents. To that end, successful applicants are expected to have an earned Master’s degree from an accredited institution in the field of Professional Studies related to their specific area of interest. Applicants without sufficient academic background in Educational Administration or Literacy may be considered for admission to the program, but they may be required to enroll in prerequisite foundational course work.
Those candidates who are interested in interdisciplinary Professional Studies may take nine courses offered on the doctoral program.
In close consultation with the student’s advisor and the permission of the Doctoral Academic Policies Committee, the student will choose a field of study and establish a sequence of courses which will meet his or her goals.