The Doctor of Education degree at Sacred Heart University has a concentration in Social, Emotional and Academic Leadership. It is housed within the Farrington College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Educational and Literacy Leadership. The 60-credit program includes a doctoral dissertation based on the principles of Improvement Science. Candidates analyze a complex problem of practice, examine root causes, research, implement and assess changes in practice designed to address the issue. The result is a Dissertation in Practice modeled after the guidelines of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), of which our college is a member.

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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A Balancing Act: Analyzing the Effects of Embedded versus Isolated Self-Regulation Breathing Techniques on Inattention and Phonemic Segmentation Skill Acquisition in Kindergartners, Kimberly A. Atkinson

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The Journey to Improving Student Connectedness: Exploring Teacher Self-efficacy, Use, and Perceptions of Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Christopher F. Cipriano

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Building Emotionally Skilled Teachers: A Mixed-methods Study Exploring the Impact of MBI on Perceptions of Self-management, Enhanced Mindfulness, Well-being, and Stress, Emily Coffin Daigle

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Moving the Needle: Impacting Teachers' Practices That Support Students' SEL Development, Tammi Y. Dockett-Wilson

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Analyzing the Effects of Mathematical Mindsets and Self-regulation of Middle School Students to Overcome the Challenges of Math Anxiety, Bardhyl Gjoka

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Addressing High School Student Stress: Exploring Student and Teacher Perceptions of a Modified DBT STEPS-A Curriculum, Greg C. Hatzis

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Transforming Educators' Social Emotional Learning (SEL): A Mixed-methods Study Exploring the Impact of a Trauma-informed SEL Intervention to Mitigate Educator Implicit Bias, Kemen Holley

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"I Am Not Alone": Supporting Teachers of Color through Affinity Groups, Marissa J. White