Educational Leadership

The curriculum in this Doctor of Education program is delivered in a sequenced, cohort model. The program is designed around four categories of standards found in the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Curriculum Guidelines for Advanced Programs in Educational Leadership approved by NCATE in October 1995, namely: (1) strategic leadership, (2) instructional leadership, (3) organizational leadership, and (4) political and community leadership. The courses are built upon the 21 domains outlined by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA).

Admission Requirements


  • Hold a master's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25
  • GRE (preferred score of 1000 on verbal/quantitative sections taken within the last five years)
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing applicant's organizational, research, and communication skills as well as ability to successfully complete the doctoral program
  • Statement of purpose indicating nature of interest in the program and future career goals
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume

Applicants who make the first cut based on review of the application materials noted above will be invited to campus to provide the following:

  • Proctored writing sample
  • Structured interview

Application Deadline

  • March 1 for Fall enrollment
  • October 15 for Spring enrollment

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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