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The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has approved a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Superintendent Licensure.

The proposed UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) program will now move to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for accreditation before classes can be offered. If accredited, the Ed.D. degree would be the second professional doctorate at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

COEHS alumni of undergraduate or graduate programs throughout the state consistently return for advanced degrees at UW Oshkosh and have expressed enthusiasm for the proposed program and its alignment with UW Oshkosh.

The COEHS Principal Licensure Certificate program has been successfully preparing candidates for the role of principal. The proposed Ed.D. provides an opportunity for these individuals to continue their education at UW Oshkosh as they prepare to take on the role of district administrator.

The 54-credit program is designed to be completed in three years, with students enrolled in six-credit semesters, including summer sessions. Students will move through the program as a cohort. Courses will be delivered in a hybrid format, using online and face-to-face meetings. It will be a cooperative program sharing courses with UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse and UW-Stevens Point.

The cooperative nature of the program is designed to fill a growing need in K-12 leadership, especially in rural districts, and is based on the philosophy that when individuals and institutions work together, a just and equitable society is the result.

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