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Frostburg State University to Offer Doctor of Education, Its First Doctorate

Frostburg State University has received final approval to offer a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, with the first students to begin studies in the fall. This applied doctoral program is FSU’s first, the culmination of more than three years of work by the FSU faculty and administration.

Approval for the Ed.D. was required from the FSU Faculty Senate, the University System of Maryland, the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the agency that oversees the University’s accreditation.

“I am thrilled that FSU has been able to take this important step forward, said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “The trend nationally is for comprehensive regional universities to offer applied doctoral degrees. This development puts FSU in the same tier as those other universities nationally.”

“Education professionals in this area have long requested a doctoral program,” said FSU’s provost, Dr. Stephen Simpson. “I am very pleased that FSU will be able to meet this crucial workforce development need. This is a significant landmark in the evolution of this institution.”

The new degree will be an applied doctorate designed to provide a professional practitioner with a practical connection between theory and practice. The 60-credit program will be rooted in authentic experiences, case studies, problem-based learning activities and professional theory, as well as an integrated practicum.

The theme of leadership is woven throughout the program of study. Students will enter in a group, or cohort, and spend two years doing coursework and a third year in a practicum and producing a dissertation.

Students are expected to hold full-time professional positions, which will be the source of many of the course assessments. They should already hold a professional license if the area of study requires one, and they must have already earned a master’s degree. Classes will be presented in a variety of ways to accommodate the working professional, including traditional evening classes, blended classes mixing online and in-class time, sessions on Friday evenings and Saturdays, seminars and a fully online class. The program’s sequence is designed to highlight connections among the courses within a semester or summer to streamline learning.

The program will be administered in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Professions, where a number of faculty members have been co-teaching doctoral courses at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown with doctoral faculty from University of Maryland, College Park, and serving on dissertation committees.

“Particular credit is due to Dr. Clarence Golden (interim dean of the FSU College of Education), Dr. William Childs (acting associate dean of the College of Education) and Dr. Mary Gartner (associate provost), who have put in much of the hard work to bring this program through all the necessary steps for approval and implementation,” Gibralter said.

The first cohort of 25 students will be admitted at the Frostburg campus this fall, with another cohort of 25 students admitted to the FSU program at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown in fall of 2013. Cohorts will be admitted at each location in alternate years thereafter, pending sufficient enrollment.

Prospective students can apply beginning Thursday, May 10, to the Office of Graduate Services. The deadline to apply for the fall has been extended to June 8 because of the shortened application period. Information is available at the website, and an informational webinar will be offered on Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Register for the webinar at or visit the Graduate Services website at Email or call 301-687-7053 for information on program requirements and a checklist for the application process.

The inaugural cohort will then attend an orientation in late July or early August in preparation for classes that begin on Aug. 29.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

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