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FSU to Offer Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at USM Hagerstown

Frostburg State University will offer a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership through its programs at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, with the first group of students to begin studies in the fall 2013. This applied doctoral program is FSU’s first, and the first offered to all eligible students at USMH.

A previous program offered once at USMH through the University of Maryland, College Park, was open only to public school employees in Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.

FSU’s program was approved last spring and the inaugural cohort was admitted to the Frostburg campus in fall 2012. The first Hagerstown group, or cohort, of 25 students will be admitted to the FSU program at USMH in fall of 2013. Cohorts will be admitted at each location in alternate years thereafter.

An information session will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m., at USMH at 32 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Information on the program design, curriculum, admission criteria, application process, tuition and fees will be covered. To register, please contact FSU’s Office of Graduate Services at 301-687-7053 or by email to The application deadline for the program is Friday, March 22.

The new degree is an applied doctorate designed to provide a professional practitioner with a practical connection between theory and practice. The 60-credit program is rooted in authentic experiences, case studies, problem-based learning activities and professional theory, as well as an integrated practicum. Specializations offered in higher education, curriculum and instruction, K-12 leadership, special education and reading.

“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.”

Students are expected to have a Masters degree and hold full-time professional positions, which will be the source of many of the course assessments. Classes will be presented in various ways to accommodate the working professional, including traditional evening classes, blended classes mixing online and in-class time, possible 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 theme of leadership is woven throughout the program of study. Students will enter in a cohort and spend two years doing coursework and a third year in a practicum and producing a dissertation.

The new program will be administered in FSU’s College of Education’s Department of Educational Professions, where a number of faculty members co-taught doctoral courses in the previous USMH program with UMCP doctoral faculty and served on dissertation committees.

For information on program requirements and a checklist for the application process, call 301-687-7053 or email Information is also available at the website

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 Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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