Educational Administration EdD

EdD-Educational Administration

The Department of Educational Leadership offers the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration. The Doctor of Education degree is designed for a K-12 public school administration emphasis. Graduates of the doctoral program often pursue leadership positions in schools, districts, and state agencies.  The EdD in Educational Administration is a fully online doctoral program and is intended for Texas principals and superintendents.  

Educational Administration Doctoral Program coursework includes preparation in foundations of educational administration, governance of educational organizations, advanced organizational behavior, research methods, administration of instructional programs, program evaluation for school leaders, ethics and philosophy, economics of education, and dynamics of change. Doctoral students participate in a residency that is designed to promote meaningful and continuous study in the field of scholarship, to provide for a diversity of experiences supporting intellectual growth and professional development, and to promote regular interaction between the student and faculty members.

Students may choose to apply to take school superintendent certification courses while pursuing the doctoral degree. The Superintendent Certification Program contains coursework for candidates holding a master's degree and standard principal certification. Candidates complete courses designed to meet national advanced leadership standards for visionary, ethical, political, collaborative, instructional, and organizational school district leadership. This certification program is designed to develop candidates who will meet the competencies assessed by the State Board of Educator Certification TExES examination for the Standard Superintendent Certificate.

Doctoral program applicants have generally completed a master's degree in educational administration and principal certification coursework. The department encourages applications from candidates with strong academic achievement and scholarship ability, leadership abilities, and commitment to education. 

The applicant must provide a copy of their State Principal Certificate. 

The courses for this program are available only online (no face-to-face courses).  This program is not available to international students. 

Doctoral Admission Packet

Departmental Website

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • 2 letters of recommendation from Administrators
  • Statement of Goals

  • Official General Test GRE Scores

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

  • Fall Admission Consideration
  • Apply Texas application submission deadline is July 1.
  • All required admission documents must be submitted by July 15.
  • Spring Admission Consideration
  • Apply Texas application submission deadline is November 1.
  • All required admission documents must be submitted by November 15.