Doctoral Degree

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description:

The primary objective of the doctoral degree program is to provide advanced academic training in educational leadership, particularly in the area of administrative and instructional leadership. Graduates should gain an advanced understanding of theories of education and learning; extensive theoretical background and experiences in emerging paradigms of organizational leadership; high-level research skills for developing, analyzing, and evaluating educational programs; and in-depth training for the increasing cultural and linguistic diversity of contemporary education. Students may pursue an emphasis in administrative leadership or instructional leadership. Administrative leadership focuses on managerial skills for improving educational effectiveness. Instructional leadership focuses on innovative programs to help solve critical literacy, technological, and socio-cultural educational issues.

Why pursue an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership?

  • We offer graduate research-assistantships with stipend awards totaling up to $42,000.00.  These awards include assistance with tuition and fees, appointments as research assistants, and monthly stipends. 
  • Our department has a diverse and experienced faculty who are nationally recognized.
  • Our doctoral students are assigned a faculty advisor based on their research interests. Students may change advisors based on evolving research interests. Students work closely with their dissertation advisors on their qualifying examination, dissertation proposal, and dissertations. This collaboration keeps students on track to complete their doctoral dissertation. 

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission requirements and pre-requisites: A master's degree in education or other appropriate field

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Specific Degree Requirements: A grade point average of 3.5 or better out of a possible 4.0 in a master's program.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Test Scores: General GRE Required

Resume or CV: Yes - demonstrated experience in a work environment where education is the primary professional emphasis (e.g., teaching, administration, curriculum development in elementary, secondary, postsecondary, governmental, or private industry settings)

Letters of Recommendation: 3 L/R required- from those who have supervised the applicant in an academic, employment, or community service capacity; letters should comment on the applicant's intellectual ability, discipline, creativity, sensitivity to others, and cite examples of leadership and scholarly potential; at least one letter should come from a university professor familiar with the applicant's academic work.

Statement of Purpose: Yes- should outline, at a minimum, (1) the applicant's reasons for pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership, (2) a biographical sketch of the applicant's experiences relevant to the field of education, (3) career plans, (4) scholarly interests, and (5) views on and roles in current and future educational reform efforts.

Interview: Qualified applicants may be required to participate in an interview process, which will include providing a writing sample.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Full-Time or Part-Time Attendance Requirement: Full-Time or Part-Time


Application Deadline Dates

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Elisha Reynolds
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Telephone: (210) 458-6620

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Career Options Available for an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Graduate:

  • Graduates of our Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership: Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant and Deputy Superintendent, Superintendent, Curriculum Coordinator, University Professor, Higher Education Administration positions in Universities and Community Colleges, etc.

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Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • During both the Fall and Spring Semester, all of our courses run from 6 PM to 8:45 PM Monday through Thursday.  During the Summer Semester, doctoral courses typically begin at or after  6 PM.

Research taking place in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program:

  • Our students and faculty use a variety of research methods: quantitative, ethnographic, discourse analysis, and mixed methods. Students are engaged in studying topics like servant leadership, administrator burnout, high school social processes including organizational climate, trust, collective efficacy, principal influence, and its relationship to school achievement, induction program for new teachers, what successful new teachers do to stay in the profession, issues of education law and policy, along with program evaluations of specific programs.
  • Students gain extensive theoretical knowledge of educational practices and emerging paradigms of organizational leadership. The curriculum emphasizes coursework designed to develop, analyze and evaluate educational programs, school personnel, and effective system practices.