Summer Institute

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Summer Institute


The Ed.D. Summer Institute is an one-week educational residency held each year of the three years of your doctoral education. Courses and activities run from 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday on the NJCU Campus, just a few miles away from Manhattan in Jersey City, NJ. The activities include lectures, guest speakers, group projects, and off-site visits. Summer Institute is the face-to-face component for your summer course work.

 See a day-by-day recap of our recent Summer Institute

Students on Stairs


Every student participates in course work and guest lectures, but each year offers something different. In the first year of Summer Institute you will get oriented to your cohort and the cohort program. In the second year you will take your comprehensive exam. In the third year you will present your portfolio and defend your dissertation proposal.

The upcoming Summer Institute dates are:

  • July 17 - July 21, 2023
  • July 15 - July 19, 2024
  • July 21 - July 25, 2025

Beyond the Classroom

During the Summer Institute we have events beyond the campus. Past activities have involved behind-the-scenes looks at the Liberty Science Center and the Museum of the Moving Image. We have also held our own conference, the Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Education Summit (TEES).


Introducing Our Newest Cohort

Here is the introductory video from Cohort 10, part of their "welcome" to their first Summer Institute.

Video: NJCU Cohort 10 Final Showcase

Picture of students in a heart shape

Alum Panel

Graduates of the Educational Technology Leadership program (Ed.D.) speak about their experiences attending the program, while providing key insight for current and prospective students on what a doctorate degree at NJCU has meant for them, their families, and their careers. 

Video: NJCU Ed.D. in Ed Tech Leadership Alum Panel Discussion