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Graduate Programs

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 39 - 63 hours

The Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills to educational leaders who seek to develop and refine their knowledge and skills to help transform through practice the educational institution. The program emphasizes the application of scholarship (theory) to the improvement of educational practice. It is intended for individuals in educational leadership careers. Students accepted into the program will be part of a cohort.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards


In order to be considered for admission to the program, an ap- plicant must have completed a master’s degree with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 and must have completed three years of professional education experience. (Preference will be given to those with leadership experience.)

Review of complete application begins March 1 and continues until the cohort is filled. A completed application packet will include the following materials:

  • 1.

    a completed graduate application;

  • 2.

    transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work;

  • 3.

    resume of professional education experience;

  • 4.

    Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT);

  • 5.

    short essay describing the relationship between the appli- cant’s professional goals and the Ed.D. program;

  • 6.

    description of a professional problem the applicant has encountered and an analysis of the resolution of that prob- lem;

  • 7.

    three letters of recommendation (dated and on organizational letterhead) that attest to the applicant’s potential to succeed in the program.

After reviewing the credentials of the applicants, the Doctoral Program Committee will select those to be interviewed.

The Doctoral Program Committee will make all decisions re- garding admissions, selecting the cohort from those interviewed. Preference will be given to those applicants who have a demon- strated history of educational leadership and who have career goals consistent with the expectations of this program. The total application package will be evaluated holistically.

Program Requirements

Progress through the program is based upon obtaining satisfactory grades (a 3.25 GPA average overall), passing written and oral comprehensive exams, and completing a doctoral dissertation. Students who have an earned Educational Specialist degree may be able to waive some program requirements.

Research Requirements (9 hours)

The research component encompasses both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The competencies to be developed are essential to interpreting and evaluating research studies to be encountered in all course work as well as to completing the dissertation requirement.

EDL 700 - Advanced Administrative Research 3(3-0) EDL 800 - Qualitative Analysis in Educational Leadership 3(3-0) EDL 801 - Quantitative Analysis in Educational Leadership 3(3-0)

Academic Core (15 hours)

The academic core component includes all of the critical areas of study for future educational leaders: foundations, organizational and leadership analyses, and the issues which change and domi- nate over time. The courses are designed to provide students with the underpinnings to understand and to act effectively upon the challenges confronting the educational organization.

EDL 815 - Ethical Leadership 3(3-0) EDL 855 - Organizational Culture and Change in Educational

Institutions 3(3-0) EDL 860 - Organizational Theory in Educational Institutions

3(3-0) EDL 899 - Doctoral Seminar 3-6(Spec)

Concentration (12 hours)

There are four choices from which students may select a con- centration, based upon their needs assessment. The specific courses will be determined in consultation between the student and the academic advisor.

Concentration I K-12 Leadership

EDL 775 - Educational Policy Analysis 3(3-0)

Plus nine hours of electives to be chosen in consultation with program advisor.

Concentration II K-12 Curriculum

EDL 773 - Instructional Supervision for Educational Leaders 3(3-0)

Plus nine hours of electives to be chosen in consultation with program advisor.

Concentration III Higher Education Leadership

EDL 876 - Higher Education Policy 3(3-0)

Plus nine hours of electives to be chosen in consultation with program advisor.

Concentration IV Educational Technology

EDU 707 - Seminar: Issues in Educational Technology 3(3-0)

Plus nine hours of electives to be chosen in consultation with program advisor.

Cognate (9 hours)

The cognate, to be determined jointly by the student and advisor, can be completed in one academic discipline or by taking a com- bination of courses from more than one academic discipline.

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