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You have the experience. You’ve completed the coursework in a doctoral program. But, you haven’t completed your dissertation. Now, you have a path to leave your ABD (All But Dissertation) status behind with Gwynedd Mercy University. Our innovative Accelerated Executive Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership ABD Degree completion program offers qualified candidates with significant educational leadership the opportunity to finish developing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to earn your EdD.
Our Online Accelerated ABD Doctorate Completion Program will help you lead in:
In 18 months, our rigorous course of studies will build on your previous experience with the global outlook, research skills, policy analysis capabilities, and practical executive leadership abilities you need to lead and transform educational institutions to meet the needs of all learners.
You can continue developing your dissertation in one of three areas of interest:
Most of your coursework for the ABD degree program takes place online. Residencies include one weekend at our Gwynedd Valley, Pa. campus.
From the very beginning, you’ll be matched with a faculty advisor who will meet with you in regular dissertation advisement sessions. With GMercyU, there’s no reason to wait any longer—trade up from ABD to EdD and take your place among the next generation of education leaders.
What You Will Learn - Accelerated Executive Doctorate of Education ABD Completion Program
As a GMercyU ABD doctorate graduate, you will be able to:
Personal Support for ABD Students from Day One
GMercyU faculty members understand the challenges of ABD completion programs. That’s why they’ve helped us develop a program specifically for ABD students like you. Right away, you’ll join a small cohort of classmates and be matched with a faculty advisor. Each semester, you’ll take supervised dissertation preparation courses that keep your research and writing on track. Day in and day out, you’ll have the support you need to pursue research that improves education for students and the educators who serve them.
After graduation, you’ll join our extensive network of alumni. The colleagues, contacts, and friends you meet will inspire you to continue to discover the Next.
To qualify for admission to our EdD in Educational Leadership, you must provide:
Applicants who cannot meet one or more of the above requirements are encouraged to contact the Program Director for a review of qualifications. After enrollment, you will also need to obtain a Child Abuse Clearance, Criminal Background Check, and Federal Criminal History.
You must complete at least 27 credit hours of coursework and practicum experience at Gwynedd Mercy University while completing your EdD with us. We will carry out a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) before your program begins and develop tailored coursework and practicum experiences that respect your previous experiences.
The credit value of your practicum may vary between 3-6 credits depending upon the breadth and depth of your prior learning. In all, your program will take no more than 18 months to complete.
Required courses for all ABD completion students include:
|EDU 805||The Ethics of Educational Leadership and Policy|
|EDU 807||Advanced Statistical Analysis, Quantitative and Qualitative Research|
|EDU 811, 812, 813, 814||Dissertation Advisement I, II, III and IV|
In addition, you must take three courses in your concentration area:
Leadership in PreK—12 Schools and School Districts
|EDU 821||The Superintendency|
|EDU 824||Transformational Leadership, Supervision, and School Turn-Around|
|EDU 828||Practicum I|
|EDU 829||Practicum II|
If you wish to become eligible for a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility, the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires 360 hours of district office practicum.
You may also need to take the following prerequisites:
|EDU 571||The Principalship|
|EDU 574||School Law and Policy Issues|
|EDU 576||Human Resources and Staff Development|
Doctorate in Education: Leadership in Special Education
|EDU 841||Designing Interventions and Assessing Outcomes|
|EDU 845||Foundations in Special Education Practice for School Leaders|
|EDU 848||Practicum I|
|EDU 849||Practicum II|
If you wish to obtain Certification as a Supervisor of Special Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires 360 hours of central office practicum experience.
Doctorate in Education: Leadership in Higher Education
|EDU 831||Leadership and Administration of Higher Education|
|EDU 835||Future-Focused Trends and Innovation in Higher Education|
|EDU 838||Practicum in Higher Education Leadership|
To review course descriptions, please refer to the graduate catalog (PDF).
The Accelerated Executive EdD program prepares you for the highest levels of education leadership. The exact nature of the roles you pursue will vary depending on your area of interest and previous experience, but job prospects should be good.
For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 15% growth in the number of post-secondary education administrators needed over the 2012-2022 period.
Job titles may include, but are not limited to: