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Community-Based Leadership

The EdD in Community-Based Leadership will prepare leaders from education, social work, law, and other related fields to lead cross-sector coalitions in service of the success and well-being of all of our children. Communities need leaders with the knowledge and research skills to create, disseminate, and utilize locally grounded, innovative approaches to understanding the interdependence of the school and other social systems in support of children. 

The EdD program meets for four weekends each semester including summers with expected completion in three years. It will run as a cohort consisting of coursework in social and psychological foundations, processes of community leadership, and research methods; project development; and a culminating dissertation. 

Contact Information

Ruth Silverberg

Program Director

Building 3S, Room 105A
Email Ruth Silverberg

Kenneth Gold

Associate Director

Building 3S, Room 208
Email Kenneth Gold

Student Spotlight

Jazmin Rivera - EdD in Community-Based Leadership (Cohort 1)

We welcome your interest in this first-of-its-kind Program in which you will earn a Doctor of Education with a focus on community-based organizational leadership. You will pursue your degree in the company of P-16 educators, non-profit leaders, social workers, service providers, and other professionals committed to the well-being of young people and their communities. Our Executive Model of one Weekend each Month with three years from start to completion is designed to accommodate the many responsibilities of engaged professionals.

Admission Requirements

  • Master degree in the field of Education, Social Work, Psychology, Political Science, or other related fields with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 12 credits or equivalent professional training above the Masters in area of expertise to be evaluated by the program Admissions Committee
  • Minimum of three years of expertise in area of specialization

Application Deadline

Summer Cohort - February 15

All supporting documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, etc.) can be emailed to

(GRE requirement has been waived for Summer 2022 applicants.)


All supporting documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, etc.) can be emailed to

Graduate Application:

The application must be completed online at Graduate Application.


Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, have one transcript sent now and another sent when you complete the courses that you are taking. Applicants who have been enrolled at CSI do not need to request a CSI transcript; the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will obtain a copy. If you attended a school outside of the United States, please refer to the instructions outlined on our "International Admissions" page, for details on how to submit your credentials.

Application Fee:

A $75.00 non-refundable application fee (mailing address below) is required of all applicants. Please make your check or money order payable to the College of Staten Island. Veterans are exempt from paying the application fee. Veterans must provide proof of their Veteran/Military status in order to be waived from paying the application fee.


Personal Statement:

A personal statement of your vision and purpose in completing a Doctoral degree in Community-Based Leadership. The personal statement should be no more than 500 words and must include the following:

  • Your personal/professional vision guiding your practice and how this vision has guided specific initiatives
  • Your vision of community collaboration for children
  • Specific projects or initiatives that demonstrate your commitment to collaborating with community
  • An idea or project you are interested in developing using community collaboration

Writing Sample:

This may be something from your master’s program, or work project (e.g. grant proposal)

Letters of Recommendation:

Three letters of recommendation. The recommendations should come from individuals who can comment on your academic qualifications in relation to the field you want to study. Recommenders should be familiar with your former or current studies, research interests, or work. If you have been out of school for some time, you can provide a recommendation from an employer or supervisor.  Personal recommendations will not be considered.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE):

The GRE - General Aptitude Test. For the exam, please visit Our institutional code for the GRE is 2778. GRE requirement has been waived for Summer 2022 applicants.


A copy of your most recent Resume is required.


After initial review, applicants may be requested for an interview.

Mailing Address:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Graduate Unit
College of Staten Island, CUNY
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 2A, Room 103
Staten Island, NY 10314

Required Sequence of Courses


Year 1

Summer 1


DED 800 Scholarly Inquiry for Community-Based Leadership I

3 credits




Fall 1



DED 801 Scholarly Inquiry for Community-Based Leadership II


DED 802 Social and Historical Contexts of School Communities


3 credits



3 credits

Spring 1




804 Building Relationships and Capacity for Community Leadership


820 Qualitative Inquiry Methods in Applied Research

3 credits



3 credits


Year 2

Summer 2




DED 805 Policy Trends in Child Service Professions


DED 808 Public Relations, Advocacy, and Community Organizing


Inquiry Groups (1 faculty: 4-6 students)

3 credits


3 credits


0 credits

Fall 2




DED 806 Curriculum, Standards, and Assessment for Community Engagement


DED 821 Quantitative and Mixed Methods

Inquiry Groups (continuing)

3 credits



3 credits

Spring 2






DED 901 Research Practicum


DED 803 Transforming Learning and Teaching in Schools and Communities 

Inquiry Groups (continuing)

3 credits



3 credits

Year 3


Summer 3




DED 900 Dissertation Proposal


DED 807 Resource Management in School Communities (CP)



3 credits



3 credits


Fall 3



DED 809 Globalization, Community, and Education Reform


DED 902 Dissertation Advisement


3 credits


3 credits

Spring 3


DED 903 Dissertation Advisement


3 credits



48 credits


The Dissertation 

More than any other component, the dissertation defines doctoral education. It is the centerpiece of doctoral study. Every component of the program helps to prepare students to undertake this major research project. Collectively, courses, inquiry groups and the qualifying exams help students identify a topic, become conversant with the relevant scholarship, and master the research methodology needed to produce a quality dissertation. As an original piece of research, the dissertation is expected to offer something new to an existing scholarly conversation. It is a substantive body of research and writing that with some subsequent revision could be submitted for publication as a book or several scholarly articles. Its topic and focus needs to be manageable so that it can be completed, especially given the compressed time frame of the CBL program. 

In the second year of the program, students will identify the topic, major themes, and methodology of their dissertation and master the scholarly literature that speaks to it. At the same time, they should work to identify their dissertation chair and committee members. By the time students have successfully prepared and defended their dissertation proposal (thus passing their Qualifying Examination) at the end of Year 2, they should be ready to embark on the heart of the dissertation—its research and writing. 

Students should be thinking about a dissertation topic from the outset of the program. They should explore possibilities through open ended course assignments (e.g. a literature review in a relevant field) and independent reading. Selecting a topic is more challenging than one might expect it to be. Your topic must of course be of interest to you but it also must be feasible in that it addresses questions that are relevant to a wider body of scholarship and that can be answered in one to one and a half years.