When engaged minds come together, great things happen. That’s what people are saying about the Delaware Valley University of today, the Delaware Valley University that is preparing accomplished, practicing school leaders to assume greater leadership positions with its new doctor of education degree.

DelVal prepares students for meaningful personal and professional lives and leadership roles by emphasizing scholarship with good citizenship, and appreciation of our cultural heritage and the importance and necessity of lifelong learning.

Developed by former Bucks County superintendent Robert Laws, the degree is composed of two areas of study – K-12 with the superintendent letter of eligibility or higher education leadership – and will prepare students to guide organizations in a rapidly changing world, through a practice-based approach. The program will offer rich intellectual and theoretical background combined with many applied experiences. Students will be encouraged to identify their own interests and related job experiences to build a research agenda. A post-master's superintendent letter of eligibility certification program is available for students seeking the required coursework for eligibility without the doctoral degree.

This cohort-model program is designed to be completed with 60 credits in three years (two courses per each fall, spring and summer semester). Courses will be delivered in a hybrid model of onsite for 36 hours and online for 10 hours per course. Onsite sessions meet Fridays, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for a total of 46 hours per course.

Students will be engaged in contemporary educational issues mentored by some of the area’s most successful practitioners as well as national and regional guest lecturers. Some courses will take advantage of a module format, permitting multiple professors to share responsibility for the course, giving students a wider range of understanding on a given topic.

Main Campus Facilities
Opened in January 2014, the Life Sciences Building boasts eight classrooms, four laboratories, a conference room and a 450-seat theater and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The doctoral program will hold all onsite sessions in this new building, located conveniently near the admission entrance to campus.

Lehigh Valley Facilities
The doctoral program expanded to a second location beginning with fall 2017 semester. This new site brings both the higher education and K-12 school administrator degree tracks, as well as the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility certification program to the educators in the Lehigh Valley area. Classes meet at Nazareth School District. The Superintendent Letter of Eligibility certification only program is also offered at the Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18.