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Department of Educational Leadership College of Saint Elizabeth

  • Morristown, NJ
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 76%24%
    student ratio
  • 213
    total students
  • $19,152 | $19,152
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • June 30
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 5 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


The College of Saint Elizabeth

Located in historic Morristown, New Jersey, the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) has been recognized as a leader in teacher education since it was founded in 1899 as Catholic women's college. Today, the college offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in education.

Dedicated to community service and social responsibility, the goal of CSE educational programs is to produce competent, responsible, caring professionally-active and empowered leaders in educational communities, and to support the empowerment of women as full partners within society.

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers a co-educational Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership degree program and master's degree programs.

Both Practical and Ethical Goals of the Ed.D. In Educational Leadership

The Ed.D. In Educational Leadership degree program at the College of Saint Elizabeth is aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders and meets New Jersey requirements for certification as school administrator or superintendent. The Ed.D. program is also designed to prepare morally purposeful and globally conscious educators for district leadership roles in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade settings.

In line with the mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth, graduates emerge with commitments to action upon the principles of servant leadership, sharing power, considering the needs of others, and encouraging people to develop to their highest potential. They are prepared to devote themselves and their learning communities to building a just society.

Graduates are also trained to promote and sustain high educational performance, analyze and articulate individual and social educational goals, and apply research methodologies to systematically improve schools and educational communities.

A Collaborative Cohort Program

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership degree program is a 3-year 66-credit program that emphasizes both theoretical knowledge and practical application. Students complete coursework in cohort groups of approximately 20 students who progress through the program together. The students collaborate on the collection and analysis of data and the development of research-based solutions to educational challenges. Research teams venture into the larger community beyond the college.

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers services to these students at flexible times convenient for working professionals.

Students complete 3 semesters of internships, 2 clinical projects that support the development of their action research dissertations, and the research and oral defense of these dissertations. Students maintain 3.25 grade point averages throughout the 3-year program.

The Doctoral Coursework

During their 1st years, students complete 24-credits of coursework in "Essential Competencies for Doctoral Studies;" "Servant Leadership;" "Emerging Perspectives on District Level Leadership;" "Education Public Policy Development and Advocacy;" "Seminar and Clinical Project I;" "Sustaining High-Performing Learning Communities;" "Educational Leadership in a Global Society;" and "Seminar and Clinical Project II (3)."

During their 2nd years, students complete another 24-credits of coursework in courses such as "Colloquium in Educational Leadership I;" "Education Finance and Strategic Thinking;" "Governance and Community Relations;" "Action Research Dissertation;" "School Law and Ethics;" "Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations;" and "Dissertation Proposal Seminar."

In their 3rd and final years, students complete 6-credit "Colloquium in Educational Leadership II" courses and spend 12-credit hours on dissertation research.

Admission Requirements for the Ed.D. Degree Programs

Students applying for admission must each present 2 letters of recommendation attesting to their professional competency; 1 letter of recommendation from a professor regarding the candidate's competence to perform at a high academic level; proof of writing ability; transcripts demonstrating academic success for previous undergraduate and graduate programs; the completion of principal or supervisor certificates; and the completion of the master's degree in educational leadership or a similar field.

Master's Programs in Education

The College of Saint Elizabeth also offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education degree program, an M.A. in Educational Leadership degree program, an M.A. in Education with Initial Certification degree program, and an M.A. in Education with an Emphasis in Special Education degree program.

A Thriving Center of Service-Learning and Community Outreach

The College of Saint Elizabeth is home to 4 centers that affirm its commitment to Catholic social teaching and solidarity with the poor. These include the Center for Catholic Women's History, the Holocaust Education Resource Center, the Center for Volunteerism and Service-Learning, and the Center for Ministry and Spirituality.

The Center for Volunteerism and Service-Learning runs some 45 community service projects. CSE students provided an estimated 29,500 hours of service, collected over 2,500 pounds of food for the needy, raised more than $32,000 for charities, and worked with 90 social service organizations, schools, and non-profits.

The Center for Ministry and Spirituality provides training for lay ministry and spiritual and theological programs the general public. Created in 1982, the college now has approximately 150 students in 5 degree programs. In addition, over 2,000 people visit campus each year for the Summer Institute and the Spirituality Convocation.

Location & Contact

Department of Educational Leadership

College of Saint Elizabeth

2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960-6989
United States

Dr. Joseph Ciccone

Associate Professor/Course of Study Coordinator

Phone: 973-290-4383
Fax: 973-290-4389

Deborah Cobo

Associate Director for Graduate Admissions

Phone: 973-290-4194
Fax: 973-290-4710

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Accelerated Certification For Teaching Certificate
    • Assistive Technology Certificate
    • Educational Leadership Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Special Education Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 55
    • Doctoral Degrees 14
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 42
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $35
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 30th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 30th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreespersonal written statement, interview, minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's Degreesmaster's degree
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$19,152
    • Out-of-state tuition *$19,152
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students213
    • Female Percentage76%
    • Male Percentage24%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students213
    • Part-time Percentage69%
    • Full-time Percentage31%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American17%
    • White / Caucasian63%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty26
    • Full-time Percentage19%
    • Part-time Percentage81%
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchDevelopmental stages for teaching and human services professionals, effectiveness of humanities core curriculum
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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