Is there a Doctorate in the House?

The latest hip thing: Superintendents must have a Ph.D

The Barnstable School Committee has narrowed down the list of candidates for the School Superintendent's job to three. The Cape Cod Times was kind enough to publish the names of the finalists and their qualifications for the job.  During a cursory look, something caught my attention; Doctorates.

Since when do you have to have a doctorate to be a School Superintendent in Massachusetts? Seems to me like the latest trend in padding the resume. 

I understand  their job experience. Each candidate has served in similar jobs in smaller school systems.  I get that they have a Bachelors and the Masters degree from accredited institutions in the appropriate field of study. We can make judgements based on the quality of the schools,  but each is familiar training ground in this region.

But the Doctorates threw me for a loop. University of Maine, Orono, seems to make sense.   But Nova Southeastern Florida University? Never heard of it. Ditto with California Coast University. So I checked them out, online.

Get your Ph.D online

Best as I can figure, Nova and California Coastal are distance learning institutions offering online degrees in education.

In an attempt to keep up with the competition, good candidates have to go out and get Doctorates any way they can while keeping down a full time job.  Really? I would prefer to know that the next Superintendent's resume was strong enough to get them hired without an embellishment on their curriculum vitea. 

What am I supposed to tell my kids when they ask, Do I have to go school?  No, just go to your room, turn on your computer, and get your diploma online? Your superintendent did. 

The short list

Mary Czajkowski, 53, Agawam schools

  • Doctorate, Nova Southeastern Florida University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Master's, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Bachelor's, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Frank Hackett, 44, Pembroke schools

  • Doctoral candidate (expected completion May 2011), University of Maine, Orono
  • Master's, University of Maine, Orono
  • Bachelor's, University of Maine, Orono

Middleton McGoodwin, 63, Marshfield schools

  • Doctorate, California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA
  • Certificate of advanced graduate studies, Bridgewater State University
  • Master of arts in teaching, Bridgewater State University
  • Bachelor's, Bridgewater State University welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on