Low Residency-Online Program FAQs

What are the goals of this program?

The low-residency online program track will follow the same philosophy, curriculum, and program completion requirements as the blended on-campus program track. See Ed.D.Program for more information.   

How is this program designed?

All required courses, cognates and the guided dissertation development are offered online with the following exceptions:

  • We require a one-week residency during the summer prior to the first academic year
  • At that time, 6 credits of core requirements will be taken in a blended 7-week delivery format that includes the following:
  • Meet for 15 hours of face-to-face instruction per course
  • Participate in 25 hours of online learning prior to and following the face-to-face participation
  • Complete 5 hours of field work in students' own community

You may opt to return to the campus three additional times:

  • EDU 6300 will be offered as a 5-day summer institute the following year
  • Proposal and dissertation defenses may be completed via Skype or in person

All online courses will include 40 hours of synchronous and asynchronous online learning experiences and 5 hours of fieldwork per course.  

How long is it going to take me to finish the program?

The program is offered on a part-time basis. Participants will complete six credits each semester. The cohort-based course work may be completed in three years, followed by the dissertation sequence, which will take a minimum of three additional semesters.

When will the program start?

A new cohort will be begin in the summer session.

Will the program prepare me for school building and school district administrator licensure?

No, the program alone is not designed to prepare candidates for such licensing; however the SBL/SDL programs offered through our Graduate Education department are aligned with courses in the Ed.D. program. More information about these programs is available upon request.

When will I have a doctoral mentor assigned?

Please see our signature pedagogy, including the multiple mentorship approach.

I have not been in graduate school for over 15 years. Do you think I can be successful in this program?

The program has rigorous admissions criteria, including a personal statement, written responses to a series of questions and an in-person interview. While we anticipate admission to this program to be competitive and selective, we are confident that our comprehensive approach to candidate selection will result in inviting the best prospective participants to join the program. Length of time elapsed since last attendance in school will not be a selection criterion. 

How many credits can I transfer into this program?

At the discretion of the Ed.D. program director, up to six graduate level credits and three doctoral level credits may be transferred into the Ed.D. program. All transferrable credits had to be completed at the post-Master's level, in a field related to the program focus of the Ed.D. at a nationally accredited institution of higher education within the past five years. A grade of B or higher must be earned for the credits to be accepted.  Our complete transfer credit policy can be found on page 169 of the Graduate Catalog.


I am not a teacher or administrator in the K-12 school system. Will I be considered for admission and will the program meet my needs?

While we anticipate that most participants will be educators in the K-12 context, the program is designed with a broad-based focus on leadership and diversity. Several of our current students come from related fields including social work, mental health counseling, non-for profit community-based organizations, library science, criminal justice, and so on. See program goals and outcomes to determine if this Ed.D. is a viable option for you to reach your professional goals.


What are the tuition and other costs of the doctoral program?

Our Low-Residency Online program is offered at a reduced tuition rate.

Are there scholarships or assistantships available?

While scholarships, graduate assistantships, and fellowships are available for our blended on-campus program cohorts, due to the substantially reduced tuition (30%), no further assistantships are available for this program track.

Where can I learn more about financial aid opportunities? Learn more about financial aid opportunities, or contact our Financial Aid Office at 516.323.4200.  


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Denise Hughes, Ed.D. Program Coordinator.
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