Expand Your Career Opportunities

The Doctorate in Educational Administration (Ed.D.) program at A&M-Commerce is specifically designed for aspiring and current Texas principals and superintendents who desire to improve their expertise in education. Participation in our program allows you to build strong communication skills, conduct research, engage in leadership development and network with peers at an affordable cost. Our practitioner-based faculty take pride in delivering high-quality instruction in one of the largest educational administration programs in the state. Apply today!

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Become an informed, connected and passionate professional. Our graduates often pursue leadership positions in schools, district and state agencies.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Elementary, Middle and High School Principal
Postsecondary Teacher
Postsecondary Education Administrator
Instructional Coordinator

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2022

See Yourself Succeed With a Degree in Educational Administration

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Accomplished Faculty

Enjoy the opportunity to learn from home with guidance and mentorship from experienced researchers and practitioners.

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Authentic Learning Experiences

You will engage in practical, real-world learning experiences to build your competence and skills. You will complete a residency that includes conference attendance and a research presentation.

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Education Success

We are known for quality instruction and a student-centered approach. Join the ranks of our graduates who have become successful leaders in the educational community.

Increase Your Network

Build relationships with other professionals in the classroom and at special events. A strong network enables you to do more thanks to the contributions of your friends and peers. Our unique cohort enrollment system allows many networking opportunities with other leaders.

Earn a Texas Superintendent Certificate

Graduate Certificates

Earn a certificate as part of your graduate curriculum. Nine of the 15 hours required for superintendent certification can be counted toward your doctoral degree. Certificates provide recognition of your skills and expand your job opportunities.

Why Earn A Doctorate Degree in Education?

A doctoral degree in educational administration offers the opportunity to:

  • Expand your skills and broaden your perspectives to help you improve your school district
  • Maximize your earning potential by completing our program and increasing your value to your school
  • Develop your leadership style through our intensive classes to prepare for any challenge
  • Improve your research and communication skills
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Access resources relevant to the Doctorate in Educational Administration program.

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Course Delivery

Our fully online program is designed for aspiring or current Texas principals and superintendents. Through collaboration with cohorts, faculty and professional development initiatives, you will gain the skills needed to improve your instructional programs, human resources and organizational design.


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.


Your Path to Becoming a Lion


Fall admission consideration: July 15
Spring admission consideration: November 15

Note: This program is not currently available to international students.

Submit Application

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Educational Administration, EDD” as your “Major.”

Domestic Application Fee 395064

  • Pay the $50 application fee.
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Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Submit the following documents to your graduate coordinator after you receive an application confirmation email.

Graduate Coordinator Dayla Burgin

Your Graduate Coordinator

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Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to your graduate coordinator.

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

You must hold one of the following GPA requirements to be considered for doctoral admission:

  • an overall undergraduate 2.75 GPA,
  • a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate degree or
  • a 3.40 GPA on the master’s degree and work beyond the master’s level.

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact your graduate coordinator for more information.

Submit the Statement of Goals Form found in the Application Packet. An additional page can be added.

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Request two signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. Those individuals should:

One or both of the references should hold a doctoral degree.

Educational Administration Writing Sample

Problem of Practice: Select one of the three questions and write a 2-3 page, double-spaced, 12-point font response.

  • Disagreement exists on the type of teacher evaluation system that is ideal for teachers. Describe three or more essential components of an effective teacher evaluation system.
  • What are some ways in which school leaders can attract and retain highly qualified teachers?
  • What role do school leaders play in creating equitable access to post-secondary education for all student groups – particularly among historically marginalized students?

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

Graduate Enrollment Specialist Jennifer Faunce

Your Graduate Enrollment Specialist

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