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College of Human Development, Culture, and Media
Executive Education Graduate student
Executive Doctorate in Education (Executive Ed.D.)

K-12 School Administration

The Executive Doctorate in Education, a program designed for working professionals with leadership experience, prepares scholarly practitioners to improve education for diverse students and stakeholders. The program develops equity- and justice-based leaders to plan and enact meaningful change across settings. Faculty members emphasize the intersections of theory, policy, and practice and encourage students to apply learning across contexts to solve complex educational issues. Seton Hall University, as a Catholic, research-focused institution, has a long standing reputation for creating transformative leaders. Graduates have pursued careers as school, district, community, and state leaders.

The Program

The Executive Ed.D. is a cohort-based, accelerated program that includes a creative mixture of hybrid and online learning. Students may complete the 54-credit program in two and a half to three years. The cohort model allows students, working with distinguished faculty and leaders, to develop a learning community and create lasting professional networks. During coursework, a faculty advisor guides the cohort. During the dissertation process, dissertation mentors provide individualized support to students. The program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. In-person courses occur on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The course sequence incorporates thoughtful combinations of hybrid and online modalities to respect students’ busy schedules and support quality teaching and learning.

Expanding the Practice of Education Leadership

Designed for busy school leaders, this program provides a rich perspective on education leadership in a supportive, flexible cohort setting.

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"The rigor in the instructional model is guided by face-to-face learning and unparalleled support from faculty and fellow students. The experience of being part of the Executive Ed.D. Program stretched my thinking and expanded my leadership tools. Through it, my teachers and students in the school district in which I serve as Superintendent will become the epitome of excellence. I am using the ideals taught within the Executive Ed.D. Program to transform my school district from 'Good to Great.'"

Gerald Fitzhugh II, Ed.D. ’19
Superintendent of Orange Township Public Schools

Who Should Apply 

Candidates include working professionals with leadership experience. 

Admissions Requirements 

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, including an earned master’s degree in an appropriate field 
  • Resume of professional background 
  • Statement of professional and personal goals 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation regarding candidate's potential for doctoral study 

To complete the process, candidates will conduct an admissions interview with a faculty member. 

Application Deadlines 

The application deadline is August 1st; however, due to cohort size limitations, please submit your application early. Orientation occurs at the end of August and classes begin in September.


The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.

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Christopher Tienken
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The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media embodies the University’s commitment to pedagogical innovation, intellectual ferment and community engagement. Uniting scholars and students from four dynamic academic departments, the College provides cutting-edge, transdisciplinary inquiry into the stickiest problems of our time.

Our collaborative ethos is the hallmark of a Seton Hall education: an interdisciplinary approach to learning that grounds students firmly in their chosen discipline while expanding their perspectives through collaboration — setting them apart in their ability to lead in a variety of fields and solve pressing problems in society.

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