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Ph.D. - Educational Administration (K-12 District Leadership)


Program Description:

The Ph.D. Program in Educational Administration with a specialization in School Administration is intended for post-educational specialist students who desire a terminal degree preparing them to be scholar/practitioner leaders.

The program is designed to prepare persons for roles in
public school administration, educational policy, college teaching and research, and governmental and industrial positions requiring competencies relevant to educational administration and research. The 72 credit hour program consists of 24 hours of coursework taken as part of a
required two semester cohort experience (the
Wednesday Residency) and 6 hours generally taken
in the summer prior or summer after the residency experience. 

Students also complete 18 hours of dissertation. The remaining coursework is applied from one’s master’s and/or Ed.S. coursework. Program content focuses on school law, policy analysis, theory of educational administration, school finance and budget processes, change theory, power, politics, and human resource management, research in educational administration, staff and program evaluation and development, statistical methods, and educational foundations.


The distinct features of the program include:

Cohort experience of 12-18 students from the superintendency and central office, all levels of the principalship and other administrators. Classes are offered on-campus from 7:30am – 6:45pm on Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters.
Team taught curriculum.
Designed to serve public and private sector working professionals for positions of leadership in either setting.
Linkages with large network of alumni for mentoring and support, many of whom have won statewide honors for their work.
Scholarship and grant opportunities available to help you to fund your degree. 

How To Apply