Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Doctor of Education

Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies is a research-based program designed to prepare you for a leadership role in public and private schools, from kindergarten through high school and colleges and universities. The Doctor of Education is the highest degree focusing on the practice of education.

The Ed.D. program prepares educational leaders to transform learning communities; to create lasting school reform; to provide effective oversight of fiscal operations; to infuse new technologies into curricula; to empower teachers to collaborate and develop new ideas for excellence; to inspire lifelong learning among students and adults; to create standards for continuous improvement of diverse schools and communities; and to advance and produce research that contributes to the understanding of the complex process of education.

The 51-credit program is uniquely structured from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is founded on the belief that critical issues in education can most fruitfully be explored using multiple points of view and methods: historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, legal, financial, governmental, administrative, ethical and cultural. This approach provides a rich environment in which theory and its practical applications are rigorously studied, scrutinized and analyzed through an understanding of the interactions between and among multiple fields and paradigms.


Applications for the fall cohort will be accepted beginning in November. The application deadline is May 1.

Career Opportunities 

Graduates of the Doctoral program in Education pursue careers as superintendents, principals, senior-level administrators, curriculum developers, policy analysts, and educational consultants; work in a wide variety of settings, such as public and non-public schools, state departments of education, national and state professional organizations, special education service units and private corporations; and become professors and researchers in colleges and universities.


Applicants for the Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies must hold at least a master’s degree in education or a related field. Additionally, all applicants must have at least three years of successful teaching, leadership or equivalent experience in educational practice. Admission decisions will be based on the following factors: academic proficiency, professional accomplishments, proposed intellectual focus and potential for completing a rigorous program. 
For more information about admission requirements or to speak with the program director, contact Carol Soucie, Secretary at 516-299-2244 or e-mail or e-mail Dr.Shaireen or Dr. Joseph Piro:

Applications to the Ed.D. program are accepted for the fall semester only. All application materials must be received including transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, statement of research/inquiry, c.v./resume and non-refundable application fee. All requested materials should be submitted to the Admissions Processing Center. The Ed.D. Program does not accept applications for spring semester admission.

Send application materials to:
LIU Post
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Ste. 102
Canton, MA 02021

1. Required Admissions Application
Applicants to the Ed.D. Program must complete the Long Island University Online Application for Admission. 
For the field “Campus,” select “LIU Post” 
• For the field “Admit type,” select “Graduate.” 
• For the field “Intended major,” select “Interdisciplinary Educational Studies Ed.D.” 
2. Application Fee 
Mail a non-refundable application fee of $50 by either check or money order (made payable to Long Island University) or contact the Bursar to submit fee via credit card. Please write your name on the check or money order. 
3. Transcripts
Official undergraduate and graduate transcript(s) from any college(s) you have attended. Photocopies or student copies are not considered official.
4. Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be written by persons who can comment from personal knowledge on the academic and/or professional qualifications of the applicant. Applicants to the Ed.D. Program must submit one letter of recommendation from a current or former instructor or professor. An employer, school principal or superintendent must write one other recommendation. An employer, former instructor or professional colleague of status may write the third letter of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation must be obtained from a person holding a doctoral degree (e.g., Ed.D., Pd.D., M.D.). Please ask recommenders holding a doctoral degree to indicate that credential in the text of their letters or to include it in their signature blocks.
Ed.D. Letters of Recommendation
5. Personal Statement 
Write a statement describing your educational and professional goals and discuss what you hope to gain from doctoral study at Long Island University. The statement should be one to three pages in length. You may submit this statement as part of the Online Application for Admission, or follow at a later date as a hard copy mailed with other supplemental materials. 
6. Statement of Research/Inquiry
Write a statement describing your primary areas of research or inquiry interest. The statement should be one to three pages in length.
Ed.D. Statement of Research
7. Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
Submit a curriculum vitae or résumé, indicating at least three years of successful teaching, leadership or equivalent experience in educational practice.
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The Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies curriculum is distinguished by its broad approach to school reform and by its topical focus on the study of theory, research, practice and issues affecting the Pre-k – 16 continuum. The program gives considerable attention to the large problems and research questions that impact education. Interdisciplinary issues that will be woven throughout the doctoral curriculum are organized in the following categories: 

Child-Centered Education (i.e., developmental psychology, adolescent psychology educational psychology, special education, reading, gifted children, etc.) 
• Reform and Transformation in Education (i.e., change theory, educational philosophy, educational policy, organization theory and development, educational technology, etc.) 
The Cultures of Pre-kindergarten - 16 Education (i.e., community values and education, cultural pluralism, organizational values and traditions, gender issues, etc.) 
Pedagogical Innovations (i.e., curriculum development, alternative assessment, educational technology, learning theory, distance education, etc.) 
Educational Leadership in Pre-k - 16 or Higher Education Systems (i.e., organizational theory and behavior, systems theory, leadership, educational administration, collegiate preparation etc.) 
Educational Policy Studies (i.e., the “standards” movement, educational finance, special education, accreditation and regulation, access to education, etc.) 

Students in the program are immediately immersed in developing broad approaches to the study of educational issues, working with the ideas contained in a number of reform models. The goal is for students to continue to broaden and deepen their perspectives regarding the key issues that they have chosen to examine through lectures, seminar discussions, papers and research.

Cohort Learning

Cohort Learning

Each incoming class enters the doctoral program as a cohort. Cohorts begin each fall and consist of approximately 15 students each. Every cohort will travel together as an interdisciplinary group for the entire program.

The cohort model of doctoral studies fosters interdisciplinary thinking by bringing together doctoral students with backgrounds in a variety of different fields. The coursework provides expertise in a variety of perspectives, including organizational leadership and human relations, teaching and learning, professional development and training, educational technology, policy analysis, and data-informed decision making.

Students in the doctoral program are required to maintain registration every semester, until and including the term in which the dissertation is approved by the Doctoral Program faculty and the Dean of the College of Education, Information and Technology.

Plan of Study

Core Courses (24 Credits) 
  • Pro-Seminar in the Philosophy of Science and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Educational Studies
  • Multiple Perspectives on Educational Policy Analysis and the History of Education
  • Organizational Theory: Approaches to Studying and Analyzing School Organizations
  • Psychological, Sociological and Cultural Aspects of Human Development
  • School and Community: Policy and Practices 
  • Applied Research Design in Educational Studies
  • Educational Research Methods I
  • Educational Research Methods II
Advanced Courses (18 credits) 
  • Bilingual and Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociopolitical Contexts of Multicultural Education
  • Collaborative Team Models in Education
  • Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning
  • Contemporary Issues in Assessment and Evaluation
  • Facilitating Transitions Throughout the Educational Process
  • Critical Issues and Trends in Pre-K – 16 Education
  • Educational Reform: An Interdisciplinary Theoretical Perspective
  • Perspectives on Leadership, Restructuring and Teacher Empowerment
  • Public and Community Relations: Creating an Environment Conducive to Educational Reform
  • School Reform: Instructional Leadership in Pre-K – 16 Settings
  • Seminar in Fiscal, Legal and Human Resource Issues in School Renewal and Reform
Dissertation Courses (9 credits) 
  • Dissertation Seminar I
  • Dissertation Seminar II
  • Dissertation Advisement 
  • Continuing Dissertation Advisement (1 credit) 
In addition to course requirements within a cohort format, students are expected to develop and present a comprehensive portfolio related to a set of pedagogical goals selected in consultation with the doctoral advisor. Also, after completing the eight core courses and six advanced courses, students must pass a written and oral comprehensive examination that deals with the synthesis and application of material presented in the program as part of their dissertation proposal defense. Finally, students must complete a doctoral dissertation and pass an oral defense of it.


As a culminating experience, students will design and conduct a significant interdisciplinary research project under the direction of doctoral program faculty, and will write a doctoral dissertation on a specific research question drawn from one or more of the program’s organizing issues.

New York State Registration

The Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies is registered by the New York State Education Department. It is offered by the College of Education, Information and Technology only at LIU Post. The program does not lead to New York State certification.

LIU Post Difference

The Ed.D. program explores critical issues in education using multiple points of view and methods: historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, legal, financial, governmental, administrative, ethical, and cultural. The program is distinguished by our unique cohort plan. Doctoral students move through the program as a group, developing strong connections with other educators who will become their peers in the educational leadership field.

First in the Tri-State Area

LIU Post is the first and only school in the region to offer a Doctor of Education with an interdisciplinary approach. The Ed.D. program explores critical issues in education using multiple points of view and methods: historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, legal, financial, governmental, administrative, ethical, and cultural.


College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean