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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education in educational leadership is a 60-hour terminal degree offered completely online in a cohort setting by the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership. The program offers a concentration in K-12 or higher education. The purpose of this online degree is to provide advanced preparation in educational leadership and a specific focus on the leader as a scholar-practitioner.

The educational leadership program features include:

  • technology-based experiences and/or learning modules
  • challenging curriculum that is relevant and current
  • concentration focused on leadership in K-12 or higher education
  • collegial support through cohort design
  • and leadership internship in a field-based setting.

The program is specifically designed to prepare students with advanced knowledge and skills in leadership with topics such as leadership theory and practice, educational research, ethics and philosophy, and leading change in education. Professionals with this degree become innovators in their field, K-12 school leaders, college/university administrators (non-academic), educational leadership faculty members, state and federal educational policy analysts, institutional and agency researchers and curriculum specialists.

The Doctor of Education in educational leadership includes:

  • 21 hours in educational leadership courses
  • 12 hours in research
  • 18 hour concentration in either K-12 leadership or higher education leadership
  • Nine hours (minimum) of dissertation hours.

Each student must present a dissertation that demonstrates the successful design, development, implementation, completion and defense of an approved research study in educational leadership or a related area of educational study.

Make plans to view upcoming dissertation proposals and defenses or learn about past proposals and defenses.

Educational Leadership EdD Program Degree Maps

Higher Education concentration degree map

K-12 concentration degree map

Educational leadership doctoral student handbook

Apply to the program

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.

2023-2024 EdD Information Sessions

Several virtual informational sessions to disseminate information and answer questions about the EdD in Educational Leadership will be held throughout the year. 

Please join us for one of these meetings to learn more about our doctoral program, get your questions answered and learn how to become a #JackLeader!

Sessions will be held on the following dates at 6 p.m. CST.

  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023

  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023

  • Thursday, Dec.14, 2023

  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024

  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024

Join us via Zoom

 Meeting ID: 781 164 9576

Program Administrative Support:

Dr. Summer Pannell, EdD Program Coordinator 
Office: 936.468.1234

Contact the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962