Lynn welcomes inaugural Ed.D. class

Students will complete capstone projects addressing issues currently faced by local schools and local school districts

Published Sep. 02, 2009

This fall Lynn is launching its inaugural Ed.D. class in the Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education – a program that ties directly to one of the emerging national education priorities: developing educators specifically for serving metropolitan schools and districts. The Ed.D. degree at Lynn University is a major vehicle for developing such leaders, says Valerie Storey, associate professor and director of the program.

In line with Lynn’s individualized focus, Lynn’s first Ed.D. cohort is made up of ten local Floridian educational administrators – originating from as far north as Fort Pierce and as far south as Coral Springs. “We are deliberately keeping the class small,” said Storey. “The dynamic mixture of the cohort is very important.”

2009 EdD CohortLynn’s Ed.D., often called the “scholar practitioner’s doctorate” for its focus on professional practice, offers two concentrations: K-12 Leadership in Metropolitan School Settings and Teacher Preparation-Higher Education Administration. Distinguishing factors of Lynn’s program include a three-year term of study and Saturday classes (in theory and problem solving). But the most distinctive is the program’s capstone project requirement, which will have students answering real world challenges facing schools and districts across South Florida.

The new program has four themes – leadership, accountability, diversity and learning – and employs various problem-solving models to help students learn to diagnose and solve education problems. Groups of faculty members developed these courses based on the school district needs and their research interests.

“Because we envision our new Ed.D. degree as being related to the students’ specific professional position or future goals we want the capstone experience to result in improved education practice,” said Storey.

Lynn’s Ed.D. program holds an impressive pedigree as a member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). There are currently 28 universities working with the Carnegie Foundation. Of those, 27 are research universities, leaving Lynn as the smallest of the group. Read more about Lynn’s Ed.D. program online, and for more information on the CPED, visit