Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

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Program Description

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership provides the highest professional degree available to students who aspire to leadership positions at the school or college/university level. The degree includes a prescribed curriculum of required and elective courses for a minimum of sixty hours of graduate credit. However, the doctoral degree is awarded both on the basis of successful completion this coursework and the completion of a major research project resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation.

Graduates of the doctoral degree in Educational Leadership will have the knowledge to apply administrative theory to the instructional leadership function; set goals, assign responsibilities, and verify how well resources are allocated and utilized in instructional improvement; plan and administer the curriculum of a school system; use appropriate communication and interpersonal skills in consultation, counseling, and evaluation; interpret the relationships among federal, state, and local education agencies and the laws applicable to the administration of the schools; design educational research and interpret results; and apply data to educational processing capabilities and leadership functions.


Admission to the program requires devoting a significant amount of time to the program. The inability to devote the required time will require the individual to drop out of the program.

The Educational Leadership program follows a cohort model. This means that individuals are admitted to a specific group, called a cohort, and are required to take their coursework at the same time as the other individuals in the cohort. In the event of emergencies that require individuals to drop out of the normal schedule, they may be required to join another cohort with a different schedule.

Application Deadlines

Cohort Classes Begin Application Deadline
Higher Education AdministrationSpring (January)October 1
K-12 AdministrationSummer (June)March 1

Applicants seeking admission to the doctoral program in Educational Leadership must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Admission Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Official transcript(s) showing receipt of a master's degree in a related field from an accredited institution
  5. Official GRE scores taken within the last 5 years
  6. Resume (with description of education, work history, leadership experiences, and at least 3 professional references)
  7. Personal statement. Not to exceed 1,800 words.  Please, address the following:
    a) What are some highlights of your professional career?
    b) What are some experiences that highlight your leadership strengths?
    c) What are your professional goals?
    d) What reasons do you have for pursuing a doctoral degree?

Note: Applicants selected after the initial screening will be invited for an interview and writing sample exercise.

Applicants should hold a master's degree in a related field, and the student's graduate GPA should be 3.5 or higher. In addition, three years of full-time professional experience in a credible school or agency is preferred.

Degree Requirements

The program requires a minimum of sixty hours of graduate credit, successful passing of a comprehensive examination, and completion of a dissertation.

After the completion of twelve-eighteen semester hours (two-three semesters) of doctoral level coursework in the program, each student will be considered for full admission to candidacy. A doctoral program committee will review his/her academic progress, interpersonal skills, and motivation to determine whether the student should continue with the program. After full admission to the program, the student’s doctoral dissertation committee will be assigned by the Director of Doctoral Studies and the Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership.

A comprehensive examination will be taken after the completion of forty-two hours of required coursework. Students must be enrolled during the semester the comprehensive examination is taken. After successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student may defend the dissertation proposal.

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
COUN 7373Stat Methds-Counslr Edu Rsrch3
COUN 7374Multivariate Mthd-Cnslr Edu Rs3
EDLD 7332Instr Theory/Applications3
EDLD 7336Education Leadership Internshp3
EDLD 7337Academic Writing & Research3
EDLD 7338Organztnl Behavr & Thry In Edu3
EDLD 7362Methods Of Educ Research3
EDLD 7363Proposal Development3
EDLD 7370Education Policy And Ethics3
EDLD 7372Qualitative Methodology3
Select five from the following: 115
Societal Factors Affecting Ed
Issues In Contempory Education
Conflict Abr For Contemp Edu
Program Evaluation in Educ
Doctrl Field Study-Edu Ldrshp
Higher Education Curriculum
Applied Leadership in Higher Education
Exec Ldrshp- Superintendents
Dist Business & Financial Mgt
Human Resource Management
Practicm For Superintendents I
The College Student
Higher Education Finance
Higher Ed Law & Governance
EDLD 7088Spec Topics in Ed Leadership1-3
EDLD 7331Leadership Theory/Application3
EDLD 8033Dissertation 29
Total Hours58-60

Selections must be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.


EDLD 8033 must be taken at least three times for a minimum total of nine hours. Once enrolled in this course, the student must enroll in it until graduation.