Ph.D. Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Educational Leadership promotes the acquisition and development of skills, values, and motivation for growth in leadership positions, thereby improving the entire educational segment of society. The program was designed to provide candidates with a solid blend of educational theory, research, and practice.

Students will continue to develop into leaders who are knowledgeable in the foundations of educational thought, as well as in the science, craft, and art of leadership. In addition, they will study the specialties appropriate to their career goals and acquire the research and evaluation skills essential to both leadership practice and scholarly inquiry. 

The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership offers two tracks, which provide candidates the choice to specialize in either area of expertise: 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Understand the importance of education in society and of the significance of leaders and the effects they have on society
  • Pursue careers in leadership in schools, colleges and universities, corporations, and other educational agencies
  • Grow professionally throughout their careers by becoming self-initiating professionals who build upon knowledge of inquiry and motivation to renew their skills

PROGRAM DELIVERY MODEL

The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program is offered in a convenient blended, weekend delivery format at Mercer’s Atlanta campus. New cohorts begin once a year during the summer semester (May). The dissertation process is embedded throughout the program and the supportive cohort model allows for ongoing collaboration with classmates and faculty mentors. Classes are taken sequentially over 11 semesters in 16-week courses.

Blended Format

  • Classes are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning and three Saturday, face-to-face meetings per semester on the Atlanta campus.
  • Students will attend classes inclusive of doctoral seminars three Saturdays per semester from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a  midday break.
  • In addition to the regular class sessions, students have the opportunity for individual advising and consultation via a variety of formats, including face-to-face sessions, telephone calls, Skype, or WebEx.

In addition to the regular class sessions, students have the opportunity for individual advising and consultation via a variety of formats, including face-to-face sessions, telephone calls, Skype, or Canvas.

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Every year, students come together on Mercer's Atlanta campus to network and learn from experts in educational leadership. This includes the cohorts from the M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs. The Leadership Academy includes breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and working groups, designed to expose candidates to diverse ideas and methods, covering topics that complement and enhance the learning experience. 

Visit our Leadership Academy page for more information>

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