Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Community-Based Leadership (EdD)

Program Administrator: Diane Brescia

Building (3S), Room 211A

Telephone: 718.982.3877


Faculty Advisors:

Associate Professor Ruth Powers Silverberg

Building (3S), Room 105A

Telephone: 718.982.3726



Associate Professor Kenneth Gold

Building (3S), Room 208C 

Telephone: 718.982.3737


The EdD in Community-Based Leadership prepares leaders from education, social work, law, and other related fields to lead cross-sector coalitions in service of the success and well-being of all of our children.  Graduates will have the necessary knowledge bases to support learning for all students; build capacity in the adults who serve students, including their families; manage resources in service of student learning; and to use methods of scholarly inquiry to inform their practices.

Admission Requirements

The following qualifications are required for admissions:

  1. Masters Degree in the field of Education OR Social Work OR Psychology OR Political Science OR related field with minimum GPA of 3.25 at the Graduate Level
  2. 12 credits or equivalent Professional Training above the Masters in area of expertise to be evaluated by Program Consultation Committee
  3. Minimum three years of experience in area of specialization
  4. 3 Letters of Recommendation: Minimum 1 Professional, 1 Academic
  5. Written Statement of Vision for Leadership
  6. Academic Writing Sample
  7. Evidence of demonstrated commitment to community collaboration
  8. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  9. Interview

Due to the unique focus and cohort collaboration, no transfer credit will be granted.

Retention Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 is required to maintain matriculation in the Program.
  • Successful completion of the Research Practicum Project with defense of the Research Proposal  in Spring Year 2 is required to maintain matriculation in the program. Completion of Dissertation Studies I is required for continuation in the Dissertation Sequence.
  • Candidates unable to complete the program with cohort may re-apply for subsequent cohort; re-admission at discretion of program faculty.
  • Candidates who do not complete the Research Project by the end of Spring 3 may continue advisement maintaining 2 credits for independent study per semester up to 3 additional semesters.

Program Format

The Program will be formatted using the “Executive Development Model” with courses scheduled on weekends. Because the program also follows a cohort model, all courses are required in prescribed sequence.

Sample Blocks  
Friday 5:30pm -9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-12:30pm
Saturday 1:30pm-5:00pm
Saturday 5:30pm-9:00pm
Sunday 9:30am-1:00pm

A distinctive feature of the Program is close mentorship by faculty in Inquiry Groups. These small groups meet during the second year of the program, beginning in Summer 2 (Semester 4). Tri-semester meetings on line or face to face with a faculty mentor in groups of 4-5 for a total of six hours each of three semesters (Summer 2, Fall 2, Spring 2) will focus on emerging areas of interest for the Dissertation, allowing students to begin framing their research questions, conduct   a preliminary literature review, and choose a research method by the end of Year 2.

Where appropriate for providing students with access to experts and focused study of critical content, courses may include up to three 1-credit Special Topics Modules which are sub-topics within course content.

Degree Requirements

The EdD in Community-Based Leadership requires 48 points of graduate study and successful completion and defense of the Dissertation is required for the degree.

Ed.D in Community-Based Leadership Degree Requirements

Summer Year One

DED 800Scholarly Inquiry for Community-Based Leadership I


Fall Year One

DED 801Scholarly Inquiry for Community-Based Leadership II


DED 802Social and Historical Contexts of School Communities


Spring Year One

DED 803Transforming Learning and Teaching in Schools and Communities


DED 804Building Relationships and Capacity for Community Leadership


Summer Year Two

DED 805Policy Trends in Child Service Professions


DED 900Dissertation Proposal


Fall Year Two

DED 806Curriculum, Standards, and Assessment for Community Engagement


DED 820Qualitative Methods in Applied Research


Spring Year Two

DED 807Resource Management in School Communities


DED 821Quantitative and Mixed Methods in Applied Research


Summer Year Three

DED 808Public Relations, Advocacy, and Community Organizing


DED 901Research Practicum


Fall Year Three

DED 809Globalization, Community, and Education Reform


DED 902Dissertation Advisement I


Spring Year Three

DED 903Dissertation Advisement II


Total Credit Hours: 48