New EdD program to prep global leaders
The USC Rossier School of Education will prepare senior leaders and policymakers around the world to understand education policy from a global perspective with a new two-year Global Executive Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program starting in July.
The hybrid program will be conducted with in-person residential sessions at USC and at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in addition to collaborative online coursework. The Ed.D program will be led by Mark Robison, clinical associate professor of education at USC Rossier, and Robert Filback, associate professor of clinical education. Nadine Singh serves as the program’s director.
With the curriculum of USC Rossier’s acclaimed Ed.D. program for American practitioners serving as its basis, the new program aims to help facilitate large-scale improvements across international educational systems through the strategic use of policy, innovative practice and assessment.
USC Rossier’s administrators, who have conducted information sessions in India and the Middle East, plan to recruit in Brunei, Singapore and Hong Kong this month.
“The next generation of education leaders needs to bring a global perspective to its work,” said USC Rossier dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “This innovative program aims to provide future leaders with the tools they need to transform education in countries all around the world.”
Candidates entering the program will have at least 10 years of senior leadership experience at ministries of education, universities, school systems and education organizations. As students, they will examine global educational solutions as they work with their own local challenges.
The program will help students understand the context in which educational systems operate and measure where an educational institution or system needs to be. It will prepare them to grasp a deeper understanding of how people of all ages learn and mobilize human, fiscal, physical and technological resources to bring about change.
In contrast to the traditional dissertation, the program will culminate with a Dissertation of Practice in which students will participate in a collaborative consulting project for a client, applying their academic and professional expertise to a real problem.
Graduates are expected to increase their understanding of global trends and their implications, as well as be prepared to use evidence-based approaches to solve problems and make decisions. They also are expected to be transformative leaders in their countries.
“As educational leaders, we confront a combination of problems, some of which are enduring while others are new, and they exist in settings that are integrally tied to one another by forces that transcend any given location or setting,” said Melora A. Sundt, vice dean for academic programs and professor of clinical education at USC Rossier.
“The more we can learn from what is happening around the world, the more likely we are to find solutions,” she said.
Applications for the new Ed.D. program are being accepted until April 23.
For more information, visit rossier.usc.edu/academic/global-edd/