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College receives approval for doctoral degree


Posted on May 20, 2014 by Dr. Bashar Hanna, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Courtesy: Delaware Valley College Delaware Valley College campus

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has approved Delaware Valley College’s request to launch a doctoral degree in educational leadership. The Ed.D. will have two tracks -- a K-12 track and a higher education track.  Enthusiasm for the doctoral degree has been high and more than 35 candidates have submitted an application to enroll in fall 2014.

The MSCHE approval brings Delaware Valley College one step closer to becoming a university.  The College is awaiting final notification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which is expected in the very near future.  The MSCHE approval is the only requirement to launch the doctoral program in September. The notification the College is awaiting from PDE is for authorization to use the word “university” in the institution’s name – Delaware Valley University.

The MSCHE approval confirms DelVal’s commitment to excellence and to become a recognized local and regional leader in higher education.  For more than a century, DelVal has been known for its science with practice curriculum and today our experiential learning program, Experience360, ensures that all students graduate from DelVal with real-world knowledge to tackle the most important issues of our time

Our newly approved doctoral degree is no different; it is grounded in a practioners’ approach. Appropriately credentialed individuals, who must also have professional experience in their respective areas of expertise, teach all courses. Again, keeping true to founding message of science with practice.