Thursday, November 03, 2011

HGSE’s new Doctorate in Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program

I recently spoke with Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).  She is a real reformer and has a big vision for Harvard's role in education reform.  We talked about HGSE's new Doctorate in Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program, a major human capital initiative to recruit, develop, and place talented leaders in key leadership roles across the education sector – and, best of all, it's FREE!  Education entrepreneurs, this program is for you.  Kathy asked me to share the following—I'd encourage you to pass this along to anyone you know who might be a good candidate.


Education reform will require more than simple change—it will require transformation. In 2010, the Harvard Graduate School of Education introduced a bold new approach to human capital development: the Doctorate in Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.). The United States needs a cadre of leaders with the skill sets, habits of mind, and dispositions to act to transform education. To meet this need, the Ed.L.D. will prepare students to lead school systems, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic organizations, and mission-based for-profits.


Like an M.D. or J.D., the Ed.L.D. is a practice-based doctoral program that enrolls 25 students per year, each of whom receives a full tuition fellowship and stipend. The three-year program features a new customized curriculum of classes, modules, and practice-based experiences taught by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. In the third year, students are placed in a yearlong residency with a partner education organization, where they lead a major initiative and complete a capstone project under the mentorship of a senior executive. 


For more information, or to apply to the Ed.L.D. program, please visit:

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