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What You Learn

Our program prepares you for the next step in your career by giving you a balance of education and fieldwork in and out of the classroom.

  • Collaborate with leaders in school districts and other educational and community agencies
  • Take evening, weekend and summer classes to accommodate your schedule
  • Study current research, theories and practices in urban education, leadership, policy, curriculum and instruction
  • Engage in an applied research project, resulting in a doctoral dissertation
  • Pursue an extensive internship in a school district, school or other educational setting

Application Deadlines:

Fall: June 30
Spring: No Spring Admission

Admission Requirements

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4723.

Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Program Coordinators:

Master's Program Coordinator:

Efthimia Christie, Ed.D.
Hennings Hall 307

Doctoral Coordinator:

Rafael, Inoa, Ph.D.
Hennings Hall 412
(908) 737-3836


Efthimia Christie, Ed.D., Assistant Professor Marnie McKoy, Ed.D., Lecturer
Lauren Wells, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow Rafael Inoa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


Going for my doctorate gave me the confidence to know I could do the superintendent job and do it well. When I started the doctoral program, I was a vice principal in Linden. What I learned during the program made me apply for a principal position, which I got."

Danny Robertozzi
Superintendent, Linden Public Schools
Superintendent in Linden

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning and job growth extend far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities available to you, study abroad and pursue internships that will advance your career or set the stage for another advanced degree.

Field Study

Field study programs provide an opportunity to apply previous knowledge, view real examples set in a worldly framework and opportunity to be involved, physically, with real situations in the field.

Field Study in education
Field Study

One of 50 Largest Producers of Teachers in the Nation

As one of the 50 largest producers of teachers in the nation, we have shown that our teachers succeed. Shown here, Tori-Ann Palmisano '13 was one of 44 deserving teachers around the U.S. given the prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2018.

Toni-Ann Palmisano M.A. '13 - Secaucus Middle School math teacher - Milken Educator Award
One of 50 Largest Producers of Teachers in the Nation

Graduate Assistantships

Through this program, a select number of graduate students have their tuition and fees waived in exchange for working 15 – 20 hours per week on campus.

Kean's Occupational Therapy master's program prepares students for success.
Graduate Assistantships

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