Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Doctor of Education in 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

Applications for the fall cohort are accepted on a rolling basis. 

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.

Global Connections
Students in the program will have the opportunity to spend a research summer or semester at the University of Salzburg School of Education in Austria to further diversify their understanding of education philosophy. The doctorate is supported by international faculty who bring a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives to the program.


Admissions

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 51-credit program is uniquely structured from an interdisciplinary perspective. Subject to review and approval by program directors, graduate credits in good standing will have the possibility of being used as transfer credit to the Doctorate program, shortening the amount of time needed to complete the program.  
The EdD program in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies 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. 
The mission of the Doctorate program at the School of Education is to focus on interdisciplinary study. Educational leaders know that public health, philosophy, politics, social justice, and other disciplines are all critical parts of enriching a community through the field of education. LIU’s doctoral program has had students from multiple fields and strives to help students expand upon what they’ve learned in their professional and personal lives. Being immersed in a culturally rich, economically diverse city like New York adds an invaluable vitality to the study 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.
There are numerous opportunities for research, grant writing and guided mentoring in publishing and research. We are dedicated to guiding and mentoring our doctoral students in their research and publishing opportunities, as well as supporting them in presenting at conferences.



Applications
Applications for the fall cohort will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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.

ED.D. IN INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS 
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 carol.soucie@liu.edu or Dr. Shaireen Rasheed: shaireen.rasheed@liu.edu or Dr. Joseph Piro: joseph.piro@liu.edu


ADMISSION APPLICATION INSTRUCTION

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.


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.


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.
 

Curriculum

Curriculum
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 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, learning and the brain, literacy) 
• 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, higher education preparation etc.) 
• Educational Policy Studies (i.e., the “standards” movement, educational finance, special education, accreditation and regulation, access to education, think tanks 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

The Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies is designed as a part-time, one-day-per-week, evening format to be convenient for working professionals. The program was intentionally designed to focus on interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and transdisciplinary perspectives in order to satisfy a regional need for such a program and to distinguish it from the approaches taken in traditional Ed.D. Programs. This approach provides a rich environment whereby theory and its practical applications can be rigorously studied, scrutinized, and analyzed through an understanding of the interactions between and among multiple fields and paradigms. Students in this program have opportunities to study events from the multiple perspectives and variety of disciplines required to better comprehend complex educational problems. 
The program serves qualified practicing educators and other professionals interested in instructional leadership, curriculum, professional development and training, who wish to advance and enhance their research, pedagogical, and leadership skills. The program provides educators and other professionals involved in training-related fields an opportunity for advanced study.
Students typically follow a program of study consisting of core courses, advanced courses, and dissertation courses. These courses are delivered in a variety of modalities including blended and online learning and face-to-face.


Core Courses  

• Pro-Seminar in the Philosophy of Science and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Educational Studies
• Multiple Perspectives on Educational Policy Analysis and the History of Education
• Psychological, Sociological and Cultural Aspects of Human Development
• Educational Research Methods I
• Educational Research Methods II
• Sociopolitical Contexts of Multicultural Education
• Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning
• Critical Issues and Trends in Pre-K – 16 Education

Advanced Courses 
• Applied Research Design in Educational Studies
• Bilingual and Second Language Acquisition 
• Collaborative Team Models in Education
• Contemporary Issues in Assessment and Evaluation
• Facilitating Transitions Throughout the Educational Process
• 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 and Community: Policy and Practices
• School Reform: Instructional Leadership in Pre-K – 16 Setting
• 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 digital portfolio uploaded to a website they have created related to a set of pedagogical goals selected in consultation with the doctoral advisor. The Ed.D. digital portfolio will provide evidence of the doctoral student's intellectual development and achievement during the coursework phase of the doctoral program. It is intended to be a showcase of the student's growth in the knowledge base addressed in the Ed.D. program and of the student's personal intellectual development. 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 first dissertation proposal defense. Finally, students must complete a doctoral dissertation and pass an oral defense of it.


Dissertation

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.

Faculty Bios

Shaireen Rasheed, PhD is a professor of Philosophical Foundations and Diversity/Social Justice in the College of Education at Long Island University. She is currently a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Salzburg. She is also a visiting professor at Aga Khan University as part of a Fulbright and will head up the center for Citizenship Studies at their International Educational School in Karachi, Pakistan. For the 2017-2018 year she was a visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University. She was also visiting fellow at the Harvard Divinity School, New York University and the Columbia Law School.

Her current research is due for publication in a monograph. Most recently she co-authored a special issue in the Studies in Philosophy and Education Journal, “Deconstructing Privilege in the Classroom: Teaching as a Racialized Activity” and is working on an edited book on the role of national populism and pedagogy titled “Teaching Controversial Issues” in the Classroom. Dr. Rasheed has also published a book entitled "An Existentialist Curriculum of Action: Creating a Language of Freedom and Possibility.” Her co-edited book, “Humanism and the Schools of Tomorrow: A Global Perspectives” is due for publication in 2019. She works with educators to create inclusive pedagogies and best practices for diverse students.

Dr. Rasheed received her M. Phil and PhD at Columbia University in Philosophy.

Joseph M. Piro, PhD is a Professor at LIU Post in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He is also a member of the faculty of the EdD Program in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies. His PhD is from Columbia University where his dissertation examined cerebral asymmetries for music perception in differentially gifted adolescents. His policy interests include teacher education, especially as it involves global practices, as well as technology in education. His research interests include the psychology of giftedness and special ability, as well as topics in brain and behavior including music perception, hand preference, and, most recently, sleep and cognition.

His articles have appeared in a number of research journals. His new book, entitled The Primacy of PISA: The World's Most Important Test and How It Is Changing Education Across the Globe, focused on the OECD’s PISA survey, is scheduled to be published in 2019. Prior to LIU Post, Dr. Piro served as a teacher and administrator in the New York City Public Schools.

He has received three Fulbright grants for research projects in the Middle East, India, and the European Union along with fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Gilder-Lehrman Foundation, and the Japan Foundation.

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.

CONTACT

College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean
516-299-2210

post-educate@liu.edu