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Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

About the Program

The Doctor of Education Degree program in Educational Leadership is designed to enhance the experienced school administrator’s leadership skills through: (1) advanced preparation that strengthens decision-making, problem-solving, and leadership skills essential to the management of increasingly complex educational organizations, and (2) engagement in guided field research that develops the inquiry skills necessary for effective leadership and management practice.

The program uses an inquiry approach that employs problem-solving and research skills applicable to multiple problems and issues. The purpose is to generate an inquiry orientation so that participants will learn to solve problems from broad perspectives. Participants identify, diagnose, and define problems, analyze their component parts contextually and systematically, and develop solutions that are immediately applicable and that deal with underlying issues. Experiences over the course of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership become candidate-led, field-based investigations of educational problems and potential solutions.

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership provides two strand options:

P-12 Administration – Candidates entering the Ed.D. program with a Master’s degree and L-5 certification enter at Tier 1 which consists of 36 semester hours at the Ed.S. level, but this coursework does not lead to an Ed.S. degree or L-6 certification. The Ed.S. degree program and subsequent L-6 certification is a separate degree program. Candidates entering the Ed.D. program with an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, or a related field, and L-6 certification may apply courses accumulated in that Ed.S. program to the Tier I requirements. Tier II consists of 30 hours of core content in Educational Leadership. Tier III consists of 9 hours of writing the dissertation.

Higher Education Administration or Teacher Leadership – Persons pursuing Higher Education Administration or Teacher Leadership strands need not have leadership certification to be eligible for consideration for entry into the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership.

Program Contact Information

Graduate Academic Services Center

Admission Requirements

The first phase of admission to the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership requires the applicant’s satisfaction of the following standards:

  1. Complete all College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.
  2. Hold a Master’s degree at minimum from an institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency.
  3. Present a minimum grade point average of 3.50 (4.0 scale) in previous graduate work.
  4. Present current official scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) on Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.
  5. Submit a brief resume that highlights the personal and professional achievements of the applicant.
  6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

The second phase of the admission process will require adherence to the following procedures:

  1. Applicant credentials are rated by Educational Leadership (EDLD) faculty.
  2. These faculty, meeting as a committee of the whole, will use these ratings to assemble a list of top candidates for interviews.
  3. Applicants will be invited to interview with EDLD Faculty and produce a writing sample.
  4. The Higher Education and P-12 EDLD cohorts may be combined based on the number of students admitted in each area.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (



Tier I & Tier II
Final: April 1*


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*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 7/6/2020