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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Leadership in Schooling Ed.D

The Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. degree empowers the individual to improve leadership, teaching, and learning, and to explore innovative solutions to educational problems. The degree is designed to enhance a candidate's skills both as a researcher and as an instructional leader of PK-12 programs. Students who enter the doctoral program will soon find that our emphasis on research and its application to practice will assist them in formulating and investigating questions that are of direct and immediate relevance to their daily professional work.

Campus Information


UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • An M.Ed., Ed.S., or master’s degree in a field relevant to PK-12 education
  • Should be currently working in a PK-12 school or another setting that serves these students, have at least three years experience as a teacher and/or as an instructional leader, have a commitment to continuing to serve such students as a leader who will influence excellence and equity
    • STEM option: Should have three years experience as a STEM teacher or other roles in STEM within the district e.g. elementary STEM coordinator; mathematics coach
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in such settings 
  • Official transcripts from previously earned degrees
  • Acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (typically, verbal and quantitative scores at or above the 50th percentile and a writing score at or above a 4)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A Professional resume
  • A two-page statement of purpose in which the applicant describes their work as an educator to date, including a discussion of leadership roles beyond classroom teaching and professional goals, research interests, and reasons for entering a scholar-practitioner doctoral degree.
  • An artifact (e.g., a sample of professional development delivered at your school, a presentation at a practitioner conference, advocacy materials you've developed) and a brief explanation of how the artifact demonstrates the applicant's efforts to bring about sustained changes intended to result inequitable outcomes for all students.