About the Program
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.
Similarly, the doctoral program is committed to addressing the needs of professional educators who want to assume a leadership role in education. The program focuses on applied and professional studies and offers students the opportunity to expand their career options by pursuing advanced studies in the area of educational leadership. By blending knowledge with experience, the program prepares students to function as informed, inquiring, and skilled leaders in the field of education. The leadership principles central to the program emerged from “Leadership Conversations: Challenging High-Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders.” One of the book’s authors, Alan S. Berson, worked with the faculty on the integration of these principles into the curriculum and will lead the opening full-day symposium for first-year doctoral students.
Developed by former Bucks County superintendent Robert Laws, the degree is composed of two areas of study – K-12 with superintendent letter of eligibility and 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.
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.
Leadership Summer Symposium
The Leadership Summer Symposium is designed to augment the doctoral program and will sponsor workshops focusing on topics of leadership from various fields, including education, business and medicine. The symposium will provide an opportunity for practicing and emerging leaders to come together to learn and discuss contemporary issues related to the multifaceted and demanding roles of being a leader. Students enrolled in the doctoral program will be able to attend the symposium at no additional cost.