Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership

Marcia A. B. Delcourt, Graduate Coordinator, WH 317C
Phone: (203) 837-9121
Therese Richardson, Department Secretary, WH 321 Phone: (203) 837-8510
Website EdD Leadership
Faculty: Marcia A. B. Delcourt, Coordinator, Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership; Jody S. Piro, Coordinator, Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision; Tricia Stewart


All university and associated programs are accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Additionally, WCSU’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Leadership program is approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). The program to obtain a Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement 092), available to students admitted to the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program, is accredited at the state level by the CSDE and nationally through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Both programs are aligned with the standards from the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) through the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA).

Program Overview                                                                                                          

WCSU’s Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership degree program is designed for educators who are interested in exploring issues related to leadership in schools, curriculum and instruction, reflective practice, and methods of inquiry related to PK-12 school settings. Students admitted to the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program may also apply for admission to the certificate program in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement 092). This certificate program, sponsored by WCSU, is a collaboration between WCSU and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).

Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092) Description

The Certification in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092) is only available to current or former Ed.D. Instructional Leadership students. There is no stand-alone 092 program at WCSU. The Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision program is offered to candidates who have fulfilled the requirements of a planned program leading to administrative positions in a school district up to and including assistant superintendent. These positions include roles such as department chair, assistant principal, and principal. To receive the endorsement, all candidates must complete a planned program approved by the CSDE and receive a passing grade on the Connecticut Administrator’s Test (CAT).

WCSU’s state and nationally approved program is offered in collaboration with CCSU and is ONLY available for graduate students enrolled in WCSU’s Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program. Please note: the terms “Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision” and “092 Certificate” shall be used interchangeably.

Goals, Objectives, and Learning Outcomes of the Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership Program

Alignment of Goals, Objectives, and Learning Outcomes with All Courses in the EdD in Instructional Leadership Program and the Certification for Intermediate Administration and Supervision

Goal Objective and Learning Outcome Related Course: Key Assessment Courses are Underlined
A. The program will prepare educators to be instructional leaders within their districts, able to assist with many decisions related to academic and assessment 1. Assume roles of leadership in the conceptualization, initiation, assessment and redesign of instructional strategies as indicated by the design of an institutional vision statement and a leadership plan. ED 800, ED 801, ED 821
2. Become lifelong consumers and producers of scholarly in inquiry by conducting meaningful site-based inquiry pertaining to student achievement, program assessment and other measures of educational success as indicated by a program evaluation and a dissertation research project. ED 805, ED 860, ED 861,

ED 865

ED 881-885, 886

B. Graduates of this program will able to apply advanced curricular systems and strategies in classrooms and schools 3. Develop and implement innovative curricula that focus on excellence and equity in education as indicted by curricula designed to address diversity across strengths, ability levels, and cultural backgrounds. ED 802, ED 822, ED 823,

ED 824

4. Implement school/district-wide professional development activities utilizing applied research, instructional technology and best practices in PK-12 schools as indicated by the creation of school/district improvement strategies and a professional development plan designed to address one or more aspects of an institution’s strategic plan.. ED 820,

092 only: EDL 618, EDL 656, ED 660, ED 665

5. Implement school/district-wide professional development activities consistent with emerging national standards, articulated by relevant professional specialty associations as indicated by a plan to communicate how one or more standards are being addressed in an educational environment and a project to improve an educator’s use of inquiry skills. ED 804, ED 820

WCSU’s Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership is founded on the belief that instructional leaders should be a major human resource in every educational system. The effectiveness of PK-12 schools is determined in great part by the quality of teaching as evidenced by outstanding practitioners.

Technology, curricula restructuring, school management, and assessment succeed only if they are supported, embraced, internalized, and owned by teachers, administrators, and support staff. The vast reservoir of talent, energy, and experience of all educators can be released and realized through this program. Additionally, all students are expected to abide by the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility.

Admission Requirements

Application Checklist:

For additional information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (203) 837-8243.

All program materials are available at EdD Leadership

Please submit:

__ 1. a completed application form: EdD Application (online)  

__ 2. a one- to two-page résumé

__ 3. official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended; a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all previous graduate course work is recommended

Please arrange for the following to be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at WCSU:

__ 4. two recommendations attesting to your professional educational qualifications and ability to complete a doctoral program. At least one of these recommendations must be completed by someone in a supervisory capacity in an educational setting. The official WCSU form must be used for the completion of all recommendations. Recommendation Form

__ 5. a completed immunization form (required before course registration): Health Form

Documents can be mailed to Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 Attention: Office of Graduate Admissions or sent as attachments to Graduate Admissions 

Please note:

  1. Admission to the program will be determined after a satisfactory interview with designated WCSU representatives from the Ed.D. admissions committee.
  2. Please do not send any additional materials.
  3. Admission to the Ed.D. Program in Instructional Leadership is competitive.
  4. Cohorts consist of approximately 20 to 25 candidates.
  5. Review of application materials begins March 1 and continues through mid-August. All admission requirements must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions at least one month prior to the beginning of classes for the first course in each cohort sequence.
  6. This program is based on a cohort model that accepts students every other year.

Data Management System License Requirement

All candidates who enter degree or certificate programs in Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University are required to purchase a Live Text  license before or during the first week of class. This data management system is part of WCSU’s assessment process and essential for continuous accreditation. All key assessments for courses must be uploaded to Live Text in order for a student to receive a grade for the designated courses. Information about purchasing the license will be included in an admissions letter. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Catherine O’Callaghan, E&EP Chair, ocallaghanc@wcsu.edu.

Admission Requirements to the Certificate for Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092)  

Jody S. Piro, Coordinator

The following requirements were set forth by the CSDE for completion of a program for a Certificate for Intermediate Administration and Supervision. These criteria must be met by all applicants:

1. a master’s degree in education or a related field from an accredited institution

2. evidence of five years of full-time educational experience in a PK-12 setting

3. completion of at least 36 semester hours (three credits) of a special education course

        4. a state-approved planned program specific to school administration


For WCSU’s program, the entrance materials include the following information:

1. two recommendations, using a form with specific criteria and questions developed in conjunction with faculty at WCSU, CCSU, and local administrators. One recommendation must be completed by the candidate’s district superintendent or someone at the executive level of the school district (central office), and the second should be submitted by a supervisor of the applicant.

2. an application and leadership mini-portfolio must be completed by each applicant. The application will be assessed using a scoring rubric that incorporates knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

3. an interview, including an accompanying four-point rating of target criteria, will be completed by all interviewers.

An admissions committee will minimally consist of the educational administration program coordinator, at least one other faculty member from the Ed.D. program, and a present or former local school administrator. All candidate materials will be reviewed by the admissions committee before entry to the program will be granted.

Admissions Policies

Graduate students in the Ed.D. program must complete the requirements for the degree within the six year period immediately preceding the awarding of the degree. An extension through WCSU’s Office of Graduate Studies is available if a student needs additional time beyond this period of time.

Students may apply for the #092 Endorsement as early as their second semester of their second year in the EdD program. Subsequent entry points for the #092 Endorsement occur every two years. Application can only be made by consent of the coordinator for the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program and the Coordinator of the Educational Leadership certificate program.

Transfer of Credit

Students who wish to use transfer credits upon entry to a WCSU Graduate program must make this request at the time of initial application to the university. Transfer of courses completed after a student is admitted to a graduate program must be approved in advance in writing by completing the transfer credit form. 

The amount of graduate credit transferable into a master’s or doctoral degree program from other accredited institutions is limited to nine semester credits for programs less than 36 credits, programs 36 credits or greater can transfer up to 25% of the total credits. Some programs do not accept any transfer credits.

For programs with 36 or more credits, students must complete half the program (50% of the total credits) in residence at WCSU (including thesis requirements, alternative research project, departmental seminar, internships, practicums, culminating projects and/or comprehensive examination) as required for particular programs.

All transfer credits must represent satisfactory work (a grade of B or better) at the institution where the work was completed and must be in accordance with a planned program of study. Transfer credits older than 10 years are not accepted toward any graduate program at WCSU. Courses used to earn a degree are not transferrable to any graduate program at WCSU. Transfer credits are not included in a determination of cumulative GPA’s for graduate students at WCSU.

Academic Grading Policies

Students obtaining a grade of B- or lower will be required to retake the course in order to continue in the program.

Academic Planning

Each candidate must meet with the Ed.D. program coordinator to discuss the academic program and the doctoral advisement process. Course sequencing is predetermined and all students participate in a cohort model in order to complete the program.

Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership

A minimum of 60 semester hours is required for the Ed.D. degree, including the requirement for a dissertation. Course Descriptions

Core Courses in Theory and Foundation (18 SH) Course Sequence Rotation
ED 800   Foundations of Instructional Leadership 3 SH Fall 1
ED 801   Group Leadership, Group Processes, and Team Building in Education 3 SH Summer 2
ED 802   Emerging Instructional Technologies 3 SH Summer 1
ED 803   Educational Policy and Practice 3 SH Spring 1
ED 804   Learning, Cognition, and Teaching 3 SH Fall 2
ED 805   Research and Evaluation in Education 3 SH Spring 3
Areas of Specialization (18SH)
ED 820   Topics in Curriculum and Instruction 3 SH Spring 2
ED 821   Leadership Assessment and Development 3 SH Fall 1
ED 822   Talent Development Across the Curriculum 3 SH Summer 1
ED 823   Models of Creative Thinking 3 SH Spring 3
ED 824   Diversity Issues in Schools and Organizations 3 SH Fall 2
ED 826   Quantitative and Qualitative-Applications of Educational Research 3 SH Fall 3
Inquiry Strategies and Dissertation Sequence (24 SH)
ED 860   Quantitative Methods Applied to Educational Research 3 SH Spring 1
ED 861   Qualitative Methods Applied to Educational Research 3 SH Spring 2
ED 865   Introduction to Educational Research Design 3 SH Fall 3
ED 881   Dissertation Seminar 1 3 SH After Comprehensive Exam
ED 882   Dissertation Seminar 2 3 SH After ED 881
ED 883   Dissertation Seminar 3 3 SH After ED 882
ED 884   Dissertation Seminar 4 3 SH After ED 883
ED 885   Dissertation Seminar 5 3 SH After ED 884

Certificate for Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement 092)

The planned program for this certificate is a total of 24 semester hours. The recommending institution, WCSU, will offer 18 of these credits. The remaining six credits will be offered through CCSU. 

Institution Courses 24 SH
ED 800   Foundations of Instructional Leadership
3 SH
ED 804   Learning, Cognition, and Teaching
3 SH
ED 820   Topics in Curriculum and Instruction
3 SH
ED 805   Research and Evaluation in Education
3 SH
EDL 618 Understanding the Political and Ethical Environment of School Leadership
3 SH
EDL 656 Leadership and Supervision in Teaching and Learning
3 SH
ED 660   Internship and Seminar in Educational Leadership: Theory, Research, and Practice I
3 SH
WCSU ED 665   Internship and Seminar in Educational Leadership: Theory, Research, and Practice II 3 SH

After completing all courses in the certificate program with a grade of B or higher, submitting all key assessments into Live Text, and passing the Connecticut Administrators Test (CAT), and completing the state paperwork, students are responsible for forwarding all materials to the 092 Coordinator and then, the WCSU Certification Officer, who will review these materials and, if satisfactory, will send them to the CSDE.