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SPD Educational Leadership Program Open House November 21

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spd headStony Brook University and Hofstra University have joined together to ease the path to a doctoral degree for alumni of Stony Brook’s Educational Leadership program. Stony Brook graduates will be able to apply the credits they have earned in their post-master’s certificate program toward Hofstra’s Ed.D. in Educational Administration.

Upon acceptance by Hofstra, Stony Brook alumni will have the opportunity to take two Hofstra doctoral courses at Stony Brook (at Stony Brook’s tuition rate). They will transfer these and their previous program credits into the Hofstra doctoral program, thus reducing the Ed.D. credit requirements from 79 to 43.

This arrangement benefits the graduates, who will spend less time and money over the course of their studies, but it also enhances the universities as well. According to Liora Schmelkin, Senior Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies at Hofstra, “SUNY Stony Brook graduates in educational administration have the opportunity to continue their professional studies with a seamless transition, and Hofstra University is the recipient of a highly qualified pool of doctoral candidates.”

Schmelkin’s colleague, Interim Dean Nancy Halliday, of the School of Education, Health and Human Services concurs, adding, “(This) new partnership combines the strengths and resources of each university’s faculty and programs while maintaining the rigor that is the hallmark of both universities. It produces a synergy that will positively affect the development of strong educational leaders who are well prepared to meet the challenges and needs of 21st century schools in the metropolitan New York area.”

Stony Brook’s School of Professional Development offers the Educational Leadership programs. It is hosting an open house on Monday, November 21, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Humanities Hall Room 1006 to introduce Stony Brook students and alumni to the Hofstra program. Prospective students will view a presentation and have an opportunity to discuss admissions and program requirements with Hofstra faculty and administrators.

To RSVP for the event, contact the School of Professional Development via email at or voice mail at (631) 632-7055. In your response, leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached. Light refreshments will be served.

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