"As schools become more diverse and standards become increasingly rigorous, school leaders must acquire the knowledge and skills needed to implement evidence-based inclusive practices designed to ensure all students are provided with the supports necessary to achieve."

"I learned about NUSELI and was accepted into the program while still an Assistant Principal. My experience as an Assistant Principal along with my participation in NUSELI as I sought my doctorate degree helped me greatly prepare for my first Principalship at Westridge Middle School. "

"NUSELI brings together leaders who have a desire to increase their knowledge and ability to have an impact on the lives of all students, especially students with disabilities. The scholars’ research, which spans for over a decade, continues to influence leaders, educators, and students."

Educational Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program Prerequisites:

  • Master’s degree in education or related field
  • Desire to be a decision maker
  • Professional commitment to education and K-12 students
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, professional personality
  • Willingness to accept and adapt to change
  • Academic integrity
  • Currently working in Central Florida
  • Competitive GRE Score taken within 5 years of application date

Doctoral Program Benefits:

  1. Fully paid tuition and fees for an Education Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) with specialization in Special Education Administration
  2. Fully paid summer leadership seminars at Harvard University
  3. Flexibility to complete degree while meeting work and family commitments
  4. Stipend for full participation
  5. Professional mentoring at home school site
  6. Opportunity for professional advancement upon completion of degree
  7. Provide better service for children and youth with disabilities
  8. Fully funded travel to national conferences

Doctoral Program Requirements:

  • 93 student credit hours
  • Transfer 30 credits from your Master’s program
  • Remaining 63 credit hours can be distributed part-time over four years including: 42 hours of course study and practicum 21 hours of dissertation upon completion of qualifying exams
  • Complete 6 to 9 hours per semester
  • Engage in action research at home site for at least 9 credit hours
  • Attend summer Institute at Harvard University

Required Application Materials:

  • Competitive GRE scores, minimum score of 300 and less than five years old
  • Official transcripts from graduate and undergraduate universities
  • Personal statement
  • Professional writing sample
  • 3-5 years related professional experience

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