Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

This Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership produces amazing alumni. Here are some examples:

Dr. Alex Marrero completed his doctorate in cohort 1 of the Sage Colleges Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, in partnership with CITE. He’s about to enter his fourth year as Principal at school 10×254, or as he calls it, Team 254, in the Bronx. Alex is a tremendous person who’s affected great change in a short time. From Dr. Marrero: “I present a ‘managing complex change’ workshop. I’ve presented at the CSA conference, neighboring districts, and renewal schools. I’ll also present in Philadelphia at the Association of Middle School Leadership Education conference.”

Dr. Tammy Pate is currently the Senior Director of Advanced Leadership within the Office of Leadership, Division of Teaching and Learning. The Advanced Leadership Institute is an extremely competitive one-year program that supports exceptional experienced principals and central-office staff with understanding system-level leadership in the context of New York City. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the Advanced Leadership Institute. She also serves as an Executive coach for the Sage Doctoral program in educational leadership with CITE. Dr. Pate also graduated from the Sage College doctoral program in educational leadership. Read more about her here.

Why is this program so successful?

One of the reasons is the innovative approach to dissertation writing. One of the most interesting features of the Sage Colleges’ Doctorate Program in Educational Leadership is the team approach to dissertation topics. 

Traditionally, every doctoral student picked their own dissertation topic and was pretty much left to their own devices with occasional support from their advisor on a sporadic and highly flexible time frame. That’s not how Sage does it.

The program forms “Problems of Practice” (POP) teams under the supervision of a faculty member.  The team members all work on different aspects of the same problem.  Some use more qualitative approaches and some use more quantitative approaches, but they all work on some aspect of the same problem.  This allows for much greater cohesion and a feeling of community as members pull each other along. 

How does this affect completion?

Sage had 15 of 17 possible candidates earn their doctorate within a 3 year timeframe.  Those results compare with less than 50% in longer periods at schools that still use traditional approaches.

The CSA Leadership has hailed this partnership as “historic,” and “groundbreaking.”

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CITE is the Center for Integrated Training and Education. For over 25 years, CITE has and continues to train TEACHERS (Early ChildhoodProfessional CertificationSpecial Ed,Grad CoursesBilingual coursesDASA); COUNSELORS (SchoolMental Health MastersAdvanced Certificate); and ADMINISTRATORS (SBLSDLPublic AdminDoctorate) in all five boroughs of NYC, Yonkers, Westchester, and Long Island.

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We now also offer an undergraduate degree completion program in psychology.