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.
To apply to a degree program, applicants should:
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).
Candidates seeking the EdD with a concentration in Higher Education Administration should contact the Department of Higher, Adult, and Counselor Education (252-328-6856).
(Please note that a complete listing of all academic policies are found in the Graduate Catalog)