ECU to offer doctoral program at UNCP


UNC Pembroke will be the host institution to two Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs offered by East Carolina University beginning in August 2010.

The programs – doctorates in higher education and K-12 administration – are forming cohorts. Classes will be held at UNCP and supported with the latest, state-of-the-art instructional technology.

The next informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, in the Curriculum Lab of UNCP’s Education Building. For information, please contact Dr. David Siegel at 252.328.2828 or

According to ECU’s College of Education, the Ed.D. program in higher education administration prepares experienced leaders for senior and executive leadership in community colleges, private and public universities and other academic organizations.

 “The degree is designed to develop and foster leadership skills for individuals to resolve educational problems and issues,” said ECU faculty member Dr. Bill Grobe.

The 60-hour program includes study of leadership theory, finance, human resources development, organizational theory, policy analysis, planning studies, curriculum, instructional leadership and political systems analysis.

For UNCP and ECU, the doctoral program is the latest collaboration in school leadership. From the mid-1990s through 2003, ECU worked with UNCP in offering the master of school administration program, which UNCP continued since that time.

The doctoral program offers important education in leadership for UNCP’s region, said Chancellor Charles Jenkins, who worked with ECU on the previous school leadership program as UNCP’s provost and taught in the program for 10 years.

“Our continuing partnership with ECU has been a great benefit to UNCP and our region of the state,” Dr. Jenkins said. “We are excited to help provide this opportunity.”

Dr. Leah Fiorentino, dean of UNCP’s School of Education, said the training and research that emanates from the Ed.D. program will benefit the region greatly. 

“Eighty individuals have showed interest in joining the cohort so far,” Dr. Fiorentino said. “We are pleased to be able to work with ECU.”

The program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond a master’s degree, a dissertation and a supervised internship. Level I licensure in administration or supervision is also required for admission to the K-12 administration cohort.

To be admitted, applicants must take the GRE or MAT, submit references, complete transcripts and a writing sample, complete an interview, have leadership experience and a 3.5 GPA or better in graduate work.