University of Maryland Eastern Shore
"embracing the emerging needs of the Eastern Shore Community" Education Leadership (EDLD) Program

Educational Leadership Program

Hosted at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the Education Leadership Doctorate (EDLD) is a Cohort, weekend, mid-career, program designed to embrace the emerging needs of the Eastern Shore Community.

  • Sensitive to the diverse needs and diverse peoples who attend our schools and who will seek to provide an equal and quality education for all children,  
  • Instructional leaders able to build an effective team-oriented approach to teaching and learning in order to maximize the academic achievements of all students,  
  • Scholar practitioners with reflective, problem solving habits who are able to design, consume, critique and implement research relevant to effective practice and  
  • Adaptable to changing environments and problems, solve new problems, and develop adaptive learning environments.  

In Maryland, the need for education leaders with training at the doctoral level has been cited as a statewide need. Personnel needs in this area parallel the projected shortage of teachers, both being impacted by the growing school-aged population and projected retirements. Over the next five years, nearly 75% of Maryland’s current school administrators will become eligible for retirement.

The EDLD program has been aligned with both the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards.     

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