Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

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Shippensburg University is pleased at the continued success of its first doctoral program in Educational Leadership provided in partnership with Millersville University.

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), focusing on poverty and technology, is designed to provide rising school district, state level and organizational leaders with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to develop and implement programs that support the Commonwealth’s children in realizing their full academic potential in a wide variety of educational settings.

Joint Doctoral Program

Millersville and Shippensburg Universities are highly regarded for their NCATE-accredited education programs and recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for innovative teacher preparation and administrator training programs.

This program will leverage the strength of Shippensburg's Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility Program, including extensive field experiences and dedicated district-level mentors, with Millersville's expertise in cyber-school and online learning environments.

Working together, both schools are able to better serve the region and the Commonwealth by ensuring breadth and depth among program faculty and course offerings while keeping student costs affordable.

Ed.D. Program Outcomes

Cohorts of 14-16 students will examine major problems of practice while collaborating with university faculty, leadership fellows who are practicing experts in the field, as well as district-level executive leaders who serve as mentors.

The Ed.D. program will focus on:

  • The impact of poverty on student achievement.
  • The role of technology in reaching larger audiences of students with effective learning strategies.

Our next cohort is forming for fall 2021!

Flexible Course Work for Busy Professionals

The part-time nature of the program and the accessible delivery make the program a great option for school personnel that are currently employed in professional positions.

  • Part-time program.
  • Course work delivered in blended face-to-face, residency-based instruction, online and hybrid models.
  • Face-to-face foundation classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays at Dixon University Center. Students will meet between 4 and 8 Saturdays or Sundays per semester, depending on the course.
  • Residency courses are field based and require candidates to work in their school districts and/or organizations with group seminars and professional learning community sessions as needed.

Application Requirements

Please visit the Doctoral Application Process page to gain more information.

  • Graduate application and application fee.
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges and universities including any additional certification program(s).
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae including current/past leadership positions, specific leadership responsibilities and experiences submitted through the resume link in the Ship Admissions portal.
  • Applicants must hold administrative and/or supervisory positions in education
  • Provide three references (one of which should be from a school district superintendent or chief organization administrator if not employed at a school district) in the recommendations tab through the Ship Admissions portal. An automated email will be sent on your behalf for their recommendation.
  • 500 to 1000-word goal statement addressing your goals and objectives for doctoral study in educational leadership and how this program will assist you in achieving those outcomes through the "Program Statement or Questionnaire" link in the Ship Admissions portal.
  • Teaching certifications and endorsements currently held (optional).

To learn more about the admissions process, contact the School of Graduate Studies at 717-477-1213 or

For specific program information, contact Dr. Rhonda Brunner by emailing Educators interested only in the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility can enroll in the Leadership Residency program separately.

Some candidates may qualify for state and federal loans, as well as employer tuition reimbursement or the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program. Questions about tuition, fees, and other costs should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.