Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership and Higher Education


The Executive Track in the Educational Leadership EdD program is designed to develop influential leaders to effect positive student learning outcomes. The program prepares students for executive leadership positions at all levels of educational administration from grades Pre-K through 12. This track is designed to broaden administrative knowledge and skills of practicing professionals. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the field of educational leadership through coursework, and develop an area of expertise through research and field experiences.

Program Details

  • Students are part of a cohort for nine semesters.
  • Courses are offered in the evening, which allows students to maintain full-time employment.
  • The dissertation in practice doctoral research experience is structured and supported for completion during the final four semesters of coursework. Students in this program receive continuous and structured advising throughout the dissertation process.
  • The GRE is required for admission.
  • This program is a professional practice doctorate.


For what kind of jobs does the program prepare students?
The program is designed to prepare students for a broad range of executive-level jobs in public education, including superintendents as well as executive positions in other related professions.

Can I work while in the program?
Yes, the program is designed for working professionals.

How is the program organized?
The program uses a cohort model. Students who are selected for admission take the same courses together each semester. The cohort model allows students to progress together in the same sequence of courses. Courses are reserved for cohort students, so there will never be a problem enrolling in the classes scheduled for that semester.

What is the length of the program?
Our program is structured to complete within three years.

When does the program begin?
Fall semester on an annual basis

What is the application deadline?
May 1

What night and time are classes offered?
Monday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. for fall and spring semesters. During the summer session, classes are held on Monday and Thursday and begin at 5:30 p.m.

Is a GRE required?
Yes, a GRE is required. Your GRE scores in the quantitative, qualitative and essay sections need to be competitive.

Is there a dissertation requirement?
Yes, there is a dissertation requirement. Coursework is aligned to help students prepare for and successfully complete their dissertation.

Can I transfer credit hours?
Yes, up to six hours can be transferred into the program. The hours must be related to doctoral level courses that align to a course in the program. The academic program coordinator must approve the courses.