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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
Applications are screened by the doctoral program faculty or a representative selection committee thereof. Applicants must apply to either the K–12 leadership or higher education administration emphasis as part of the admissions process. Applicants must meet or, as applicable, submit information related to the following criteria to be considered for admission:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
- A master’s degree in education or other appropriate field;
- A grade point average of 3.5 or better out of a possible 4.0 in a master’s degree program;
- Submission of an official score on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
- For applicants whose native language is not English, a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version or 79 Internet version;
- A résumé or curriculum vitae including 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);
- Three letters of recommendation 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; and
- A statement of purpose outlining, at a minimum, (1) the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership, including but not limited to the social justice purposes the applicant will strive to achieve as an educational leader; (2) a biographical sketch of the applicant’s experiences relevant to the field of education, including but not limited to describing (a) the obstacles the applicant has had to overcome in their educational experiences, (b) how the applicant has worked to improve the education of all students, (c) how the applicant has used criticism constructively to improve the performance of their educational duties, and (d) leadership experiences; (3) career plans, (4) scholarly interests including but not limited to areas of educational leadership about which the applicant would like to learn more; and (5) views on and roles in current and future educational reform efforts, including but not limited to discussing (a) a reform that the applicant believes has improved education significantly and (b) the reform or reforms most needed in educational institutions.
- Qualified applicants may be required to interview as part of the admissions process. Interviews are conducted by the Doctoral Program Committee or a subcommittee thereof. As part of the interview process, students may be asked to produce an extemporaneous writing sample. The number of students admitted to this program may be limited.
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.
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.