FAQ for Doctor of Education Programs

Are information sessions offered?

Information sessions are held periodically at each site. Please review the dates and times located on the University Web Site.

What if I am not sure which concentration is best for me?

Doctoral students are assigned to a full time faculty member to help guide the student thru the first few courses and any questions about which concentration to take.

  • Educational Concentration
    The doctoral program facilitates the professional development of teachers, specialists, administrators, and other personnel committed to the concept that those responsible for the nation's educational agenda must be innovative leaders.

  • Organizational Concentration
    The doctoral program concentration in Organizational Leadership is designed for professional development of specialists, administrators, corporate trainers, higher education faculty and administrators, and other personnel who desire to become innovative leaders.

  • Higher Education Concentration
    The doctoral program concentration in Higher Education Leadership is designed for professional development of higher education faculty and administrators, and other personnel who desire to pursue careers in Higher Education. The Higher Education Leadership program prepares students to translate research into effective systems of supervision and leadership. It features a core of studies, a field component, and a dissertation project. This program of studies meets the needs of educators in all post-secondary settings.

What is the application process?

Doctoral students are accepted each Fall (September) as a cohort and January for the online cohort.
Completed applications packets are reviewed in January thru May for the face to face cohort and January thru October for the online cohort to determine qualifications for a possible interview. Not all applications are accepted for an interview.

Packets must contain - graduate application form with fee, 3 recommendation letters, written statement of professional and academic interests and intent, a resume, undergrad and graduate official transcripts.
Applications are reviewed by at least two full time faculty members on a five point scale on each of the following components:

An undergraduate and graduate work history; employment history; strength of recommendations;
An integral part of this application process is a writing evaluation. A statement of professional and academic interests and intent will be reviewed to determine placement. Please include the following:

  • This statement should be 1 page to 1 ½ pages in length, 1 ½ spacing
  • include a brief explanation of how you became interested in our program
  • talk about some of your recent experience and accomplishments in your professional field
  • How this degree will benefit you?
  • What are your research interest?

Top applicants based on 2 independent scorings by the EDD faculty will be invited for an interview. Applicants are then rated on a five point scale by faculty members at the interview session on each of the following:

  • interview (approximately 30 to 40 minutes) with 2 EDD faculty members and a writing component will be assigned to complete in our computer lab.

Points for both phases are tabulated and students are ranked in descending order with the top applicants accepted at each of the three sites or online.

Students are offered admission, respond affirmatively to the offer, and then matriculate during a full-day orientation session in August.

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of students taking the same sequenced courses together.

How many applications are considered each year?

Approximately 170 to 200 applications are reviewed each year. Approximately 80 students are admitted as a cohort each Fall for sites at Dover, Graduate Center & Georgetown and for an Online cohort begins each January.

Am I required to take placement exams?

The statement of professional and academic interests and intent will be reviewed to determine placement.

What if I am an international student?

Please visit: http://www.wilmu.edu/admission/international/graduate.aspx

How many courses do I need to take?

Students must complete 19 sequenced courses, 3 credits per course, totaling 57 credits (3 years & 1 block, a Wilmington University block is 7 weeks) and the dissertation or position paper. If the dissertation is not completed by the end of the second block of the 3rd year students must begin to register for EDD9004 Continuing Dissertation Project, to meet with advisor and complete the dissertation. Most students finish within a 3 year to 4 ½ year time frame. Students are allowed, with approval, up to seven years to complete the program.

What days do classes meet, what times?

Georgetown students -odd # year cohort on Wednesdays, even # year cohort on Mondays
Graduate Center students -odd # year cohort on Mondays, even # year cohort on Wednesdays
Dover students -odd # year cohort on Tuesdays, even # year cohort on Thursdays
Higher Education Leadership & Organizational Leadership students meet on Fridays at the Graduate Center, at Georgetown on Mondays, at Dover cohorts meet that current odd or even cohort year.

Classes are held 5pm to 10pm at all sties

Is financial help available?

Please call Student Financial Services at (302) 356-4636.

Can I transfer in any credits?

Once you are accepted into the program you can send to the Director a transcript and course description of courses you have taken beyond the Masters degree. These will be reviewed to determine if any course qualify for transfer.

Does completion of the Doctoral Studies program mean I am automatically certified to become Principal or Superintendent in my State?

All persons successfully completing the program will meet the Delaware State Department of Education academic requirements to be eligible for certification as a school superintendent. Assuming all other requirements (Please review these requirements on the DOE Web Site) specified by the State of Delaware are met, a person completing the program may also be eligible for certification as an elementary school principal or a secondary school principal in Delaware. However, candidates must also meet the Delaware State Department of Education experience and competency testing requirements in order to be certified.
Persons out of state should review that State’s DOE requirements.

What will be the difference if I just take certification courses?

Please contact Graduate Admissions Office at 302-295-1184

What requirements do I need to apply to the Educational Leadership Program?

In order to meet new Delaware requirements, an official passing Praxis I or Praxis Core score report, or a valid teaching/educator certificate, must be submitted with an application for the Educational Leadership Program.

Internship requirements, do I need to take time from my job?

Students that take internships usually are able to take time at their district offices or place of business that meet the internship requirements.

Are there Candidacy requirements?

Candidacy for the Ed.D program requires the completion of the admission process, a grade point average of 3.0, field component requirements, completion of 48 credit hours, a grade of 3 or better on a Content Assessment.

Is Wilmington University an accredited institution?

Wilmington University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose members comprise approximately 500 collegiate institutions. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other locations abroad.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680
(215) 662-5606

Accreditation of an institution by the Commission on Higher Education indicates that an institution meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the future.

Wilmington University programs have been approved for training of eligible veterans and international students.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2016 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.