An Online CPED Educational Leadership Program: Student Perspectives on Its Value and Influence on Professional Practice

Kara Lasater, Ed Bengtson, Maureen Murphy-Lee


      This qualitative case study of an online educational doctorate program in educational leadership examined how students perceived the value and influence of their experiences as doctoral students while practicing as full-time school leaders. Data were collected using surveys and in-depth semi-structured interviews.  Through ongoing analysis of data, three themes emerged surrounding the concepts of: change in ways of thinking; program presented multiple values; and connections to others. The significance of these findings are discussed in terms of how online doctorate programs can be successful in the eyes of students who participate in them by offering synchronous online delivery, providing applicable content, and developing worthwhile connections between students and faculty.


Online Doctorate Programs; CPED, Impact of Educational Doctorate; Synchronous Online Delivery

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