Mission & Objectives


The Institutional Identity section of the current Mission Statement for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), a historically Black land-grant university, indicates that UMES is a teaching, research, and extension doctoral institution that nurtures and prepares leaders, particularly from among ethnic minorities.  As Maryland’s 1890 land-grant institution, UMES has a three-tiered focus of teaching, research and extension aligned with its legacy and mission.  A doctoral degree program in education leadership supports these three areas by preparing candidates-particularly effective teachers, leaders and applied researchers-for leadership positions in today’s schools. In addition, this program will serve students from across the region as well as attract national participation.  Access to and availability of this program on the Eastern Shore will meet the expressed needs of local citizens who want to work toward terminal degrees.  This proposal, addresses program, personnel, knowledge and skills needed to become an effective leader in selected educational settings.  The Educational Leadership Program responds to the leadership needs of schools and organizations across the state and nation.

Admission & Requirements


Students who enter the program must have an earned baccalaureate and master’s degree from an accredited institution.  Students will enter as members of a doctoral cohort.  Since the program is designed to meet the needs of the students who may be working full-time, courses will be offered in a non-traditional format on selected Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.  Students will be served from the Delmarva area as well as from across the nation. It is a terminal degree based on leadership in all aspects of school district operations and leadership.

Enrollment in each cohort will be limited to fifteen (15) students.  The program is laden with mentoring, so the goal is to retain the members of each cohort through completion of the course of study.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Financial Aid

Please contact the financial aid office for the current tuition rate.


Application Deadline

Applications can be received at any time. Contact Dr. E. Scott England at esengland@umes.edu for further information.

For updating: https://wwwcp.umes.edu/edleadership/admission/

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Applicants will be considered for admission to the Education Leadership Program in accordance with the admission requirements set forth by the UMES Graduate School.  

  1. University of Maryland Eastern Shore Graduate School Application for a degree program
  2. Evaluation or recommendation form
  3. Maryland residency status (if needed)
  4. Statement of purpose, academic goals and research interests

In addition to Graduate School the following are program requirements:

  • A master’s degree in education or an appropriate academic discipline from a regionally accredited University or college (MSCHE, NEASC-CIHE, NCA-HLC, NWCCU, SACS, WASC-ACSCU) or, from an international educational institution recognized by World Education Services as an accredited agency.
  • Professional resume
  • Grade point average no less than 3.0.
  • Submission of a current and acceptable criminal background check must be submitted by the end of the first semester.
  • Must be fully qualified in the judgment of the EDLD Program Admissions Committee  

Applications will be reviewed and recommendations concerning admission made to the Dean of Graduate Studies by the Director of the Education Leadership Program.

All applicants must satisfy all general requirements for full admission to graduate programs.

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