The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD) degree is designed to prepare experienced educational leaders for senior level leadership positions in the K-20 environment. This advanced level of preparation fosters the development of knowledge, skills and abilities for individuals to resolve complex 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. A minimum of 60-semester hours, beyond the Master Degree is required.
The EdD Cohort will be comprised of K-20 educational leaders who will be engaged in coursework and activities relevant to the K-20 spectrum of educational leadership. The dissertation requirement will be based upon ECU's Department of Educational Leadership (LEED) membership in the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctor (CPED) using the Problem of Practice dissertation framework.
Upon completion of the program, K12 school leaders who hold a North Carolina administrative and/or supervision license(s), are eligible to upgrade those license(s). Note: Individuals seeking the North Carolina Superintendent license (011) will be required to meet the North Carolina Standards for the Superintendent via student artifacts generated with the oversight of a local superintendent and LEED faculty member.
Candidates for the EdD program should have a minimum of:
For additional information concerning program and/or admission guidelines, contact Dr. Thomas J. Williams, Director of Leadership Development Outreach at the Department of Educational Leadership (LEED).
All application materials must be sent to the ECU Graduate School (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/) using the GradApply online application account. The Graduate School's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. March 15, is the application deadline for Second Summer admissions.
If emailing the Grad School, always include your "Name, EdD 2016, and Banner ID" in the subject line (i.e.; SUBJECT: Thomas Williams, EdD, B00004444).
Note: There are two distinct admissions' phases. The first is acceptance for admission by the ECU Graduate School; the second is acceptance for admissions by the ECU Department of Educational Leadership (LEED Department).
Director of Leadership Development Outreach
Dr. Thomas J. Williams,
ECU Department of Educational Leadership
Ragsdale Hall - Room 222
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Mobile: 919-815-6658 (preferred)
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).
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