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 Administration Spring (January) October 1
K-12 Administration Summer (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,m 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 and Counseling.

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

Choose all from:
EDLD 7110 <EDL 710> Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership1
EDLD 7331 <EDL 731> Leadership Theory and Applications
EDLD 7332 <EDL 732> Instructional Theory and Applications
EDLD 7337 <EDL 737> Academic Writing and Research
EDLD 7338 <EDL 738> Organizational Behavior and Theory
EDLD 7370 <EDL 770> Education Policy and Ethics
EDLD 7336 <EDL 736> Educational Leadership Internship
EDLD 7362 <EDL 762> Methods of Educational Research
EDLD 7363 <EDL 763> Proposal Development and Application
EDLD 7372 <EDL 772> Qualitative Methodology
COUN 7373 <CNE 773> Statistical Methods for Counselor Education Research
COUN 7374 <CNE 774> Multivariate Methods for Counselor Education Research
Choose five from2:
EDLD 7335 <EDL 735> Conflict Management for Contemporary Education
EDLD 7333 <EDL 733> Societal Factors Affecting Education
EDLD 7334 <EDL 734> Issues in Contemporary Education
EDLD 7387 <EDL 787> Doctoral Field Studies in Educational Leadership
EDLD 7361 <EDL 761> Program Evaluation in Education
HIED 7376 <EDL 776> Higher Education Curriculum
Applied Leadership in Higher Education
HIED 7374 <EDL 774> The College Student
HIED 7375 <EDL 775> Higher Education Finance
HIED 7378 <EDL 778> Higher Education Law and Governance
EDAD 6380 <ASE 680> Executive Leadership for Superintendents
EDAD 6381 <ASE 681> District Business and Financial Management
EDAD 6382 <ASE 682> Human Resource Management
EDAD 6383 <ASE 683> Practicum for Superintendents I
3 Dissertation Choose all from:
EDLD 8033 <EDL 833> Dissertation3
1 EDLD 7110 <EDL 710> must be taken three times for a total of three hours.
2 Selections must be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
3 EDLD 8033 <EDL 833> 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.



Educational Leadership (EDLD)
Counseling (COUN)
Education Administration (EDAD)

Higher Education Administration (HIED)

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