DelVal seeks university status

May 20, 2014

DelVal campus
Credit: Delaware Valley College.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has approved Delaware Valley College’s Doctor of Education degree. The Ed.D. program in educational leadership has been in the planning stages for the last year by former Central Bucks School District Superintendent Dr. N. Robert Laws.  

The new doctoral program, DelVal’s first, will be cohort-based and is designed to be completed with 60 credits in three years. Courses will be delivered in a hybrid model – 10 hours per course online and 36 hours per course in the College’s new Life Sciences Building. Composed of two areas of study – K-12 with superintendent letter of eligibility and higher education leadership – the program will prepare students to guide organizations in a rapidly changing world, through a practice-based approach.

“The teaching approach we’re taking is important because most of our students will likely have full-time jobs so integrating theory and practice of the coursework with their jobs will allow them to earn their degrees, as well as contribute directly to the real-life issues they are confronting in their work,” said Dr. Laws. “Students will be taught and mentored by some of the area’s most successful practitioners.”

The MSCHE approval brings DelVal one step closer to becoming a university. The College’s application for university status change is currently under review by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

“DelVal prepares students for meaningful personal and professional lives and leadership roles,” said College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan. “Similarly, the doctoral program is committed to addressing the needs of professional educators who want to assume leadership roles in education.”