Gwynedd Mercy University Welcomes New Cohort of EdD Students

September 3, 2015
Posted by
Alyssa Onisick

More than 30 students will join Gwynedd Mercy University’s rapidly growing Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) program next week. The incoming cohort of students will begin the program with their first residency Friday, September 11 on the University’s Main Campus in Gwynedd Valley.

GMercyU’s EdD program is delivered through a combination of online courses and three on-ground residencies – including one in Ireland – and can be completed in 20 months. This first residency allows students to meet with each other and their dissertation advisers, who will guide them in conducting research throughout the program so that considerable progress is made by the time their coursework is complete. The weekend of programming will focus on policy trends in education, transformational leadership and dissertation research.

“Our program was specifically designed to provide students with high levels of support as they simultaneously complete their coursework and prepare their dissertations,” Program Director Raymond Bandlow, PhD, said. “This initial residency is designed to introduce students to each other, their instructors, and the many resources available to them as they work toward their EdD.”

This newest cohort consists of students from across the country, including an assistant professor of aviation from Springfield, MO and a middle school teacher from El Paso, TX. The second residency of the program will take place next summer in Gwynedd Valley, followed by a residency in Ireland in the summer of 2017. The cost of the residencies and textbooks is included in tuition.