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Stephen F. Austin State University

Ed.D. in Ed Leadership

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Now Fully Online

Take your career to the next level with a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. The 60-hour online terminal degree program teaches students to provide advanced preparation in educational leadership in K-12 and higher education settings.

Explore topics like leadership theory and practice, educational research, and cultural and societal patterns. The program includes 18 hours of coursework in K-12 leadership or higher education leadership.

View the Educational Leadership Doctoral Student Handbook for a more in-depth look at the program, including details on the cohort structure and curriculum. Additional information also is available on the SFA graduate bulletin.

Next Step: Apply to the program

In addition to meeting requirements for admittance to SFA's Graduate School, candidates must have leadership experience and a 3.5 GPA or higher for their graduate work from an accredited university. Incomplete program applications will not be considered.

Deadline March 1: Admission occurs once a year with a new cohort beginning in the summer. Complete your application to the SFA Graduate School and the program application, including the informational page, résumé with three references and a written and video leadership profile, by March 1.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like more information about the program, email edd@sfasu.edu, or call 936.468.2549.

Program characteristics

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has requested all Texas public universities offering doctoral programs to post characteristics of each doctoral program in existence for three or more years on the institution's website and update the data annually. We hope you find this information helpful.


Educational leaders must meet the challenges of the new millennium.
At SFA, the online doctoral degree in educational leadership prepares K-12 and higher education leaders to address population growth issues, cultural diversity, policy analysis and design, problem solving, and the change process.

This program is designed for doctoral students who are fully employed in school districts or other educational agencies. Program features include:

This doctoral program focuses on developing leaders. Accepted candidates will become leaders who respond to school and university complexities with confidence and resolve. Students in this SFA advanced leadership program will:

Specializations prepare leaders to be:

*For example, to be a chair, dean, provost, president and so on in higher education, you must have faculty qualifications and experience. This degree does not automatically make you eligible for those roles.

Contact Information

Dr. Stacy Hendricks, Acting Doctoral Program Coordinator
Phone: (936) 468-2549
Email: edd@sfasu.edu