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Doctorate in School Administration

The EdD in School Administration is designed for those who wish to improve educational institutions through leadership. Our graduates are prepared and equipped to analyze and resolve educational issues within diverse contexts. This degree also meets the course requirement for superintendent certification in Oklahoma.


This 64-hour program includes 10 hours of dissertation and utilizes Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards to guide course development and improvement and is recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Required core curriculum includes:

Superintendent certification

Completion of this degree leads to superintendent certification.

  • School Leadership
  • Culture and Ethics
  • School Improvement/Reform 
  • School Leadership and Community Collaboration 
  • Research Traditions in Educational Leadership 
  • Internship in Education
  • The Superintendency
  • Special Topics in School Finance Policy
  • Special Topics in Education Law
  • Organization Theory 
  • The Human Factor in Administering Schools
  • Leading Schools with Data
  • Practicum
  • Politics of Education

Course information

Learn more about the educational leadership program


Research and Faculty

Our distinguished faculty provide relevant research-based content with practical knowledge and skills that can be put into practice immediately. Students 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.  


Meet our faculty

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Applications are accepted once per year, with a March 15 deadline. To apply, 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 
  • MAT or 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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