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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership -
Pre K-12 Concentration

The Doctor in Education (EdD) degree in educational leadership is designed to prepare administrators for senior level leadership positions in public schools or in higher education. This advanced level of preparation fosters the development of skills and abilities for individuals to resolve educational issues and problems. 

Program studies include leadership theory, human resource development, organizational theory, policy analysis, planning studies, curriculum and instructional leadership, and political systems analysis.

Admission Procedures

To apply to a degree program, applicants should:

  1. Complete the degree application at www.ecu.edu/gradschool/
    If you have any questions or problems, please contact:
    The Graduate School
    East Carolina University
    131 Ragsdale
    Greenville, NC 27858-4353
    Telephone: 252-328-6012
  2. Take the GRE or MAT if the scores are more than five years old. These tests can be taken at the Testing Center, East Carolina University, D-102 Brewster, Greenville, NC 27858-4353 (telephone: 252-328-6811). Official score must accompany packet in order for it to be considered complete.
  3. Have transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work sent to the Graduate School as specified in the application.

Admission Resources

Additional Requirements (please send to the Graduate School):

EdD- must have a writing sample, copy of Level I administration and/or supervision license, and a current resume.

Once the application file is completed and received by the department, the faculty review all materials and make a recommendation to the Graduate School. The Graduate School notifies all applicants as to whether the application has been accepted or rejected.

Please note that the number of applications from qualified individuals generally exceed the number of spaces available for new students; therefore, meeting the guidelines listed does not guarantee admission into a program.

NOTE: Licensure-only have separate admission guidelines (non-degree application).

A minimum of 60-semester hours beyond a master's degree is required. Requirements include a research-based dissertation completed under the direction of an appropriate faculty member, as well as a supervised internship experience.

Candidates seeking the EdD with a focus on public school administration must hold Level I licensure in administration or supervision. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible to upgrade previously held licenses. Individuals holding administration license (North Carolina principal license 012, class P or class AP) and/or (North Carolina superintendent license 011, class AS) are eligible for (North Carolina 012, class DP) and superintendent license (North Carolina 011, class DS). Individuals holding supervision license (North Carolina curriculum instructional specialist 113, class S) are eligible for curriculum instructional specialist (North Carolina 113, class D).

In addition, it is desirable for all candidates for the EdD program to have a minimum of three years of successful leadership experience. The EdD program is delivered via face-to-face evening class sessions utilizing some online components.

For more information contact Dr. Tom Williams (252-328-6444).

Application deadline:

  • Fall Admission: February 1
    • Cohorts start Fall semester every year
For a full listing of all of the names and descriptions of the courses within this program, please visit the School Administration section of the Graduate Catalog.

Doctor of Educational Leadership Checksheet

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For More Information Contact:

Dr. Tom Williams
252-328-6444

Core - 15 s.h.:
  • LEED 8010 - Organizational Theory and Culture
  • LEED 8015 - Doctoral Seminar in Human Resource Development
  • LEED 8035 - Doctoral Seminar in Educational Leadership
  • LEED 8050 - Ethics in Educational Leadership
  • LEED 8055 - Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction
  • LEED 8056 - Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum Theory and Practice in Higher Education
  • Note:
    ( is required for higher education administration concentration)
    Research - 12 s.h.:
    • LEED 8410 - Advanced Research in Educational Leadership
    • LEED 8420 - Quantitative Research in Educational Leadership
    • LEED 8430 - Qualitative Research in Educational Leadership
    • LEED 8440 - Applied Research Design in Educational Leadership
    Concentration areas - 21 s.h.
    (Choose one.)
      Pre K-12 administration:
      • LEED 8025 - Doctoral Seminar in Political and Social Issues in Educational Leadership
      Higher education administration:
      • LEED 8020 - Politics and Power in Education
      • LEED 8027 - Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education Law and Public Policy
      • LEED 8030 - Educational Planning
      • LEED 8040 - Policy Development and Analysis
      • LEED 8045 - Cases and Concepts in Educational Leadership
      • LEED 8060 - Program Evaluation
    Internship - 6 s.h.:
    • LEED 8991 - Doctoral InternshiLeadership Practicum
    • LEED 8992 - Doctoral InternshiResearch Practicum
    Dissertation - 6 s.h.:
    • LEED 9000 - Dissertation