2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Ed.D. in Education Administration and Leadership + SLE

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Program Description

The Doctor of Education in Education Administration and Leadership with Superintendent Letter of Eligibility certification (Ed.D. + SLE) option is designed for individuals seeking their Superintendent Letter of Eligibility certification and doctorate. The program provides education administrators with the knowledge and applied skills required to manage a school district or other academic enterprise.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Silvia Braidic

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online delivery) 

Classes are conducted online, with field experiences and internships taking place at the school district site.


Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility certification program meets state educational requirements for certification as a superintendent. The program complies with Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standards (ELCC), and may be used to meet certification and professional development requirements in other states. The certification coursework for the superintendent letter has also been approved by the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program (PIL).


Course Credits
Core - Leadership and Research 12
EAL 701  Leadership I  3
EAL 702  Leadership II 3
EAL 703  Qualitative Research in Educational Leadership 3
EAL 704  Quantitative Research in Educational Leadership 3
Concentration Courses  33
SLE 701  Administration Theory, Organization, and Operation 3
SLE 704  Technology and Facilities Development 3
SLE 705  Curriculum/Instruction and Leadership/Supervision 3
SLE 707  Strategic Planning/Policy Analysis/Board Relations 3
SLE 708  Internship I 3
SLE 708  Internship II 3
SLE 720  District Leadership for Public Relations and Marketing 3
SLE 730  District Leadership for Legal Issues in Education 3
SLE 740  District Leadership for Finances 3
SLE 750  District Leadership for Human Resources 3
SLE 760  District Leadership Field Project - Fiscal Responsibility 3
Capstone 12
EAL 705  Introduction to Capstone Research 3
EAL 706  Capstone 1 – Research Question/Review of Literature 3
EAL 707  Capstone 2 – Methods/Data Collection 3
EAL 708  Capstone 3 – Data Analysis/Results/Recommendations 3
Total 57

Additional Requirements

Completion of an approved certification program is one requirement for certification in Pennsylvania. In the certification process, the University informs the state that a student has completed the University's state-approved program. The state then reviews the student's credentials and determines eligibility for certification. We encourage all students to review the Pennsylvania Department of Education certification requirements before beginning Cal U's program. The endorsement for certification process must be initiated by the student once they have met all state requirements.

Students seeking certification in a state other than Pennsylvania must check their respective state Department of Education requirements and whether completing the superintendent letter of eligibility at Cal U will be accepted. Out-of-state students seeking Pennsylvania certification are required to notify the department of that intent in order to meet the Pennsylvania certification expectations.

Additional information related to Pennsylvania certification can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website: www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pennsylvania_department_of_education/7237.

Special Program Requirements

Although not required for admission, certification by the state of Pennsylvania requires a minimum of six years of professional certified service in the basic schools, three of which shall have been in supervisory/administrative position as defined by PDE. These three years must be completed before certification endorsement will be granted by the University.

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