From the Desk of a Doctoral Student in Education

By Brendan Caputo

The inaugural cohort for the Molloy Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for the Diverse Learning Communities is already hard at work on their first two classes in the doctoral sequence. Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, Director of the Ed. D. program, and a team of professors dedicated to the success of the program, carefully revie­­­wed, interviewed, and hand selected each candidate for entry. As part of this hybrid program, the current group of twelve students have been working both independently and as a community of learners and educators wishing to become agents of change.

Throughout the application process, the interview, and the first month of coursework the students have begun to examine their potential topics of interest and the direction of their anticipated research. Each member will be required to "read widely and deeply," as Dr. Honigsfeld stated. The readings are intended to spark discussion and discourse and From the Desk of a Doctoral Student in Educationdeepen each student's library. Areas of interest thus far include: education of immigrants, social justice in education, catholic education, academic motivation, and more!

Several doctoral students have countries of origin other than the United States, and they represent varied professions, such as educators, social workers, administrators, and faculty. While the program requires each candidate to have a minimum of three years post-masters experience in an educational setting, each person within the cohort carries differing levels of experience that adds to the diverse nature of the coursework.

The program was specifically designed to meet the hopes of the local and global need for doctoral students who wish to be educators. The signature hybrid pedagogy, as outlined on their website, intertwines "grounded theory and daily practice" to provide a unique look at diverse and ethical leadership. This first community of unique doctoral students promise to be leaders of educational research and social justice who are committed to serve.