Aimee LaPointe Terosky, Ed.D.
Our Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) and Certification Program prepares transformational leaders across K-12, higher education, and social sector fields who are committed to equity-oriented change.
Four core values ground our work:
Our program’s coursework integrates theory and scholarship with practice, thereby highlighting the value of developing transformational scholar-practitioners who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to adapt to problems in real-world contexts. The curriculum provides content courses around leadership theory, historical, political, and legal contexts of leadership, global perspectives on education, learning design and environments, social justice, community engagement, organizational theory, and strategic planning and fiscal resources.
Additionally, the curriculum offers research methodology courses in qualitative research, quantitative research, mixed methods research, communications and research dissemination, and dissertation support. Following a flexible instructional delivery model, students attend face-to-face courses on Saint Joseph’s University’s campus one night per week and the remainder of course content is provided through other forms of instructional delivery, primarily online or practice-based projects. The majority of the courses are taught by full-time, tenure track faculty, who are experts in both theory and practice and have national and state reputations in scholarly publications, community engagement, professional organizations, and/or teaching. In addition, we draw from high-level practitioner experts and interdisciplinary faculty from across Saint Joseph’s University and other institutions to teach some of our courses or course modules, to serve as guest speakers, and to join dissertation committees.
Pennsylvania Department of Education Approved Certifications:
The Jesuit principles that I learned and internalized at SJU give me an outlook on the barriers faced in urban public education as opportunities for me to be transformative and make a difference.”
Our Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (LOE) program prepares transformational leaders in K-12 education who are committed
to equity-oriented change. Aligned with Pennsylvania and NELP Leadership Standards, our LOE program offers Pennsylvania Department of Education approved certification for superintendent/ assistant superintendent positions. You can enroll in this program while in the doctoral program, OR you can start in this program and then apply that coursework towards your doctorate.
Requirements of the LOE Program
Three years of coursework and one year of dissertation study
Cohort-based, on-campus model with just one night per week of class.
Credits & Concentrations
Number of courses per semester
6 credits (2 courses per semester)
Tuition & Fees
$1,062 (per credit hour) (2020-2021)
Average Class Size
Average Work Experience
The average student in the program ranges from early career (0-2 years of experience) to advanced career (10+ years).
While most of our graduate students commute, there are resources available for those interested in living on-campus, or in near-by off-campus housing.
Jobs in Educational Leadership
Graduate assistantships are offered on a limited basis and cover 20 hours/week in fall/spring semester for tuition + stipend. Please contact the program director for availability.
SJU is a yellow ribbon school that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Service can help you access and understand your benefits.