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UMES Program Aims to Produce Leaders for Area’s Schools

  • Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Education Leadership Doctoral Program accepting applications for fall semester

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-August 10, 2010-Area school administrators-as well as those across the state and nation- can now look to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to provide them with a new opportunity to receive state licensure and obtain a doctoral degree. 

    A recent redesign of the Education Leadership Doctoral Program took place in order to offer degree candidates licensure in the State of Maryland as an Administrator II and make the program eligible for national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

    "Beginning with a selective group of 15 students to the program this fall, UMES will be an avenue for mid-career principals, assistant principals and those in similar positions already possessing bachelor's and master's degrees' and the Administrative I certification to earn a doctoral degree," said Dr. Karen Verbeke, professor and chair of the Department of Education at UMES.  "To serve students locally and nationally that are likely working full-time, the courses will be offered in a non-traditional format on weekends."

    "Based on current state workforce reports, a need has been cited in the state for education leaders with training at the doctoral level," said Dr. Derry Stufft, coordinator of UMES' Education Leadership Doctoral Program.  "Personnel needs in school administration are in line with projected shortages of teachers impacted by a growing school-aged population and projected retirements.  UMES' Education Leadership Doctoral Program aims to address these cited needs of school administrators across the state and particularly those living and working on the Eastern Shore."

    To achieve state licensure eligibility for students and pending national accreditation, the program was recently aligned with the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium and the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework.  For more information, contact Dr. Stufft at 410-651-6216 or by emailing

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580,  

    Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355,