Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
The doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership provides the highest professional degree available to students who aspire to leadership positions at the college or university level and across the P-20 spectrum. The degree includes a curriculum of a minimum of sixty hours of graduate credit with concentrations in Administration and Academic Support Programs. The doctoral degree is awarded on the basis of successful completion of coursework, assessment of professional dispositions, research competencies, and completion of a major research project resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation.
Graduates of the doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership are able to apply administrative and student development theory in leading today’s institutions of higher education; set and assess goals for program and student performance; effectively and ethically use resources in support of institutional missions; plan and provide for academic programs’ curricula; apply student development theory to support student success; support and enhance diverse perspectives on learning and leading; interpret the relationships among federal, state, and local education agencies and the laws applicable to the administration of colleges and universities; design educational research; and interpret and utilize results for improvement.
The program offers two modalities of instruction: a) Face-to-face instruction for the Administration Concentration (Spring admission), and b) Fully online instruction for the Academic Support Programs concentration (Summer admission). General program advising for students occurs on a regular basis and students may request individual, in person, or remote advising meetings with the program director as needed.
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The Higher Education Leadership program follows a cohort model, which 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 for the duration of their enrollment in the program. When students enter a cohort, they specialize on either the Administration concentration (Spring entry; face-to-face) or the Academic Support Programs (Summer entry; online). This model provides students multiple support systems to utilize as they progress through the doctoral curriculum. 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.
New cohorts begin each Spring semester (face-to-face in Administration concentration) and Summer (fully online in Academic Support Programs concentration). To ensure full consideration for cohort admission, applicants should submit all required materials before the priority deadlines [October 1 (Face-to-face, Administration) or March 15 (Online; Academic Support Programs)]. A limited number of applicants for non-cohort-based admission may be considered in other semesters as space allows and at the discretion of the program director. Only applicants who meet institutional deadlines for admission in those semesters will be considered. Non-cohort-based admission is not guaranteed and is dependent upon space.
Applicants seeking admission to the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
- Graduate Admission Application
- Application fee
- Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
- Official transcript(s) showing receipt of a master's degree from an accredited institution
- Graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred
- Resume (with description of education, work history, leadership experiences, and contact information for at least 3 professional references)
- 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?
e) Please address any performance or academic indicators that may be of concern to the admissions committee.
Note: Applicants selected after the initial screening will be invited for an interview and research presentation conducted in person or online for their respective admission cycle.
Applicants should hold a master's degree, and the student's graduate GPA should be 3.5 or higher. In addition, three years of full-time professional experience in an accredited college, university, school district, or educational setting is preferred.
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 to eighteen semester hours (two or 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, dispositions, 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.
A comprehensive examination will be taken in the latter part of the program's curriculum. Students must be enrolled in coursework during the semester the comprehensive examination is taken. After successful completion of the comprehensive examination and proposal course, the student may defend the dissertation proposal.
|Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
|Methods of Education Research
|Advanced Statistical Methods 3
|or EDER 7375
|Advanced Qualitative Inquiry
|or DVED 7336
|Internship in Development Educ
|Academic Writing & Research
|Doctoral Studies in Higher Ed 1
|or DVED 7110
|Doctoral Stdy - Dev Ed Admin
|Org and Admin of Higher Ed 3
|or EDLD 7371
|Cntmp Iss in Hig Ed Ldsh & Adm
|Assessment & Eval in Higher Ed 3
|or DVED 7366
|Outcome Assessment in DVED
|The College Student 3
|or DVED 7365
|Student Noncognitive Developmt
|Ldrshp of Higher Ed Institu
|Concentration: Administration OR Academic Support Programs
|Higher Ed. Policy / Governance
|Dvrsty & Culture: Higher Ed
|History of Amer Higher Ed Sys
|Higher Education Finance
|Teaching & Learning in HiEd
|Legal Issues in Higher Ed
|Academic Support Programs
|Teaching Strategies for Developmental Mathematics
|Developmental Ed & Postsec Std
|Adv Learning Theory in Dev Ed
|Student Noncognitive Developmt
|Designing Lrning Env in Dev Ed
|Strategies for College Reading in Developmental Education
|or DVED 8033
HEDL 7110 must be taken three times for a total of three hours.
HEDL 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.
Students must complete all courses in their respective concentrations to receive credit for that concentration. The Administration concentration includes HEDL 7370, HEDL 7372, HEDL 7373, HEDL 7375, HEDL 7376, and HEDL 7378. The Academic Support Programs concentration includes DVED 7360, DVED 7336, DVED 7364, DVED 7367, DVED 7365,CIED 7331, LITC 7336.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers. Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.
The EdD in Higher Education Leadership is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:
- Lead higher education institutions in today's complex environments.
- Produce and leverage research to inform educational practice.
- Advance a critical consciousness of the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, student development theory, finance, law, and other topics.
- Describe the roles, functions, and interrelationships among a college or university's major constituents.
- Plan, evaluate, and assess student learning, program effectiveness, and performance in an ethical and legally defensible manner.
- Utilize oral and written communication skills to support scholarly pursuits.
- Apply knowledge and expertise in developmental education, student support, community college and university leadership, and student success.