Aug 07, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalogue 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Educational Leadership (Educational Administration) - Ed.D.

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Graduate Coordinator - Leadership in Educational Administration:  Dr. Marsha Carr

The mission of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is to prepare leaders to be informed, proactive, and reflective change agents to improve public schools for the benefit of all students, particularly in southeastern North Carolina. The Ed.D. program consists of 60 credit hours of coursework including six hours of dissertation research. Each candidate’s program of study will be carefully designed to meet appropriate educational objectives.

Admission Requirements:

Students will be admitted to the Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership by a recommendation of the Ed.D. Admissions Committee based upon eligibility requirements and available resources. Admissions decisions are based on several factors. Under most circumstances, students admitted to the program will have met the following requirements:

  1. A Master’s degree in school administration, supervision, curriculum, instruction, higher education, or related field from a regionally accredited university (official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate school are required)
  2. An overall graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in undergraduate and graduate coursework
  3. A score of at least 79 on the internet-based (TOEFL) version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants whose native language is not English or that did not earn their baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution. TOEFL scores are good for two years from the date the test is administered.
  4. A minimum of three years of documented leadership experience


Applicants are required to submit

  1. An application for graduate admission. 
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).
  3. Three written recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in a doctoral program. Recommendations from individuals who have supervised the applicant will be given greater weight. 
  4. Official score on the TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable/see number 3 above). TOEFL scores are good for two years from the date the test is administered.
  5. Essay identifying a current issue in education and describing potential ways in which the issue can or should be addressed by leaders in the field. Where possible, applicants should discuss how their professional and educational background and research interests align with this issue and its resolution.
  6. Current vitae/resume.
  7. Interviews with Watson College of Education faculty to be conducted in the spring for selected candidates.
  8. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

Degree Requirements (60 total credit hours)

The program of study for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership includes core courses and specialization-specific courses. A total of 60 credit hours are required for graduation. Students must fulfill the requirements for a specific specialization of study and work closely with an advisor to plan their program of study.

Program Core (24 credit hours)

The primary purpose of the program core is to provide all students with a foundation in leadership and organization theory and practice. Other courses in the core prepare students as researchers. All courses in the core are required for graduation and are offered in a specific sequence.

Internship Courses (4 Credits):

Electives (17 Credits):

  • 17 credit hours at the 600 level; up to 6 credit hours of 500 level courses may be included with advisor approval.

Exit Requirements

All Ed.D. students must:

  1. Complete and pass an oral comprehensive examination. 
  2. Propose and defend a dissertation topic.
  3. All students must take and pass 6 credits of  .
  4. Complete, successfully defend and submit a dissertation to the Graduate School.

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