USC Rossier debuts EDL program changes, and online option

Changes improve alignment with mission

By Ross Brenneman and Amber Sommerville

USC Rossier’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program will now offer an online option for the first time in its long history.

The program will undergo other changes as well, geared toward bringing the degree program into line with the school’s mission of advancing educational equity.

Changes to the program include:

  • A new dissertation format called the Dissertation in Practice, with a more practical focus than a traditional dissertation and varied format options by concentration.
  • New and updated courses with a greater emphasis on USC Rossier’s mission to advance educational equity.
  • A revised and renamed concentration titled Leading Instructional Change that is focused on theories, practices and policies supporting curriculum and instructional changes (formerly known as ‘Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies’).
  • New online program for the K-12 concentration with courses conducted live in a real-time virtual classroom environment.

“Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program has been both a nationally recognized program as well as a signature program of USC Rossier for nine decades,” said Karen Symms Gallagher, the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. “We are confident that these changes will continue to allow us to prepare exceptional, mission-driven leaders.”

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