Graduates of the Saint Joseph's University Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL) are effective educational leaders marked by the vision, skills, and values to move American education to prominence in tomorrow's world. An innovative partnership linking the learner, university faculty, practicing educational administrators, and community leaders, IDEPEL provides unique learning opportunities for individuals from diverse fields whose focus is on educational leadership.

For public, private, and parochial educators, the Pennsylvania curriculum supervisor certification, principal certification and the Pennsylvania Superintendent Letter of Eligibility are offered. For individuals in higher education, a specialized higher education strand is offered.

Contact Information

Dr. Aimee Terosky 
Associate Professor
IDEPEL Director
Merion Hall 264


Dissertations reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the IDEPEL program while providing an opportunity for each student to pursue research that is relevant to her or his needs and interests. The dissertation studies range from traditional Ed.D studies to theoretical Ph.D studies. A list of Completed Dissertation Titles is available here.

Since completion of the dissertation is the ultimate outcome, the IDEPEL program contains a dissertation capacity building strand in which direct instruction in technical writing, a series of dissertation workshops, a research strand focused on dissertation methodology, a dissertation proposal writing course, and individual advisement are provided. Opportunities for professional conference presentation and publication are available and can relate to developing a dissertation topic.

Cohort Model

The research-based Saint Joseph's University cohort model is a significant factor in the success of cohort members. This model provides opportunities for a cohort to develop support groups, engage in collaborative learning, and mutually build the capacity to complete the course work and dissertation.

The cohort of approximately twenty-five doctoral students reflects an interdisciplinary focus and remains together during the program’s three years of courses, field experiences, advisement sessions, and dissertation writing. The cohort model guarantees completion of all course work within three years. Often, the collaborative support groups developed within the cohort continue through the dissertation process.