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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

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
    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

Candidates seeking the EdD with a concentration in Higher Education Administration should contact the Department of Higher, Adult, and Counselor Education (252-328-6856).

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.

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For More Information Contact:

Dr. Tom Williams