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Option in Educational Administration

The PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, option in Educational Administration is designed for those who wish to improve educational institutions through leadership, research and theory development. Our program prepares graduates to be successful scholar-practitioners who can analyze and resolve educational issues within diverse contexts.


This program requires the completion of 72-credit hours beyond the master’s degree, including 15 hours of dissertation. We utilize Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards to guide course development and improvement and are recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Required core curriculum includes:

  • School Leadership, Culture and Ethics
  • School Improvement/Reform
  • Organizational Theory in Education
  • Research Traditions in Educational Leadership
  • Qualitative Research
  • Analysis of Variance 
  • The Politics of Education
  • Special Topics in Education Law
  • Special Topics in School Finance Policy 

Course information

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Research and Faculty

Our distinguished faculty provide relevant research-based content with practical knowledge and skills that can be put into practice immediately. You will learn best practices and techniques for instructional leadership linked to curriculum, teaching, administration and professional development. Our goal is to assist you in advancing your career in educational leadership.


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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply to the PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, option in Educational Administration program, complete the following: 

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  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Career objectives essay (one page, double spaced)
  • Critical issues essay (two-three pages, double spaced)
  • Academic or scholarly writing sample 
  • GRE scores (within the last five years)
  • Interview: Program faculty may request an interview with the applicant.

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Cost & Assistance

Currently enrolled students are eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 





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