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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to take the GRE?

The GRE requirement has been waived for fall 2023 admissions.

When is the application deadline?

Please consult our website for the most up-to-date information concerning admissions deadlines.

When are classes scheduled?

Typically, classes meet once per week from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and rotate weekly between face-to-face and online sessions.

Does the program continue through the summer?

Yes. Summer classes are part of the program and typically follow the Session 1 schedule (early June through early August). Please review the UH academic calendar.

Do you offer scholarships?

The University of Houston and the College of Education has placed a specific emphasis on providing tuition assistance for as many students as possible. Please see the College of Education website for more information concerning available scholarships.

What is the tuition and fees?

For a general estimate of tuition and fees, you may use the university’s tuition calculator. However, please note that in addition to the tuition/fees indicated on the tuition calculator, students in the K-12 programs are also assessed VST (voluntary student tuition). VST fees are $150/credit for doctoral students. These fees are used to provide a variety of experiences to students to enhance the executive function of the degree.

When and where are the cohorts offered?

Doctoral cohorts are admitted each fall. Under normal circumstances, new cohorts that receive instruction at the UH main campus are created every fall semester. Sugar Land cohorts are formed in the fall of even numbered years (2020, 2022, etc.) and Cypress-Fairbanks cohorts are created in the fall of odd numbered years (2021, 2023, etc.). Please note that cohort locations will vary depending on current partnership agreements. Please contact the Program Director (Dr. Bradley Davis at to confirm the location of classes prior to the start of each admissions cycle.

May I still apply even if I am NOT interested in seeking superintendent certification?

First and foremost, this program is aimed at preparing district-level leaders. Accordingly, nearly all of our students are superintendent certification seeking, or come into the program having already obtained it. That said, we occasionally bring aboard exceptional applicants that are non-certification seeking. Such students will have a slightly different degree plan than their cohort mates

May I apply if I do not have a master’s degree? Is there an option to earn a master’s degree/Ed.D.?

No. You must have a master’s degree in order to apply and be admitted to the doctoral program.

What are the requirements for graduation?

Please check our website for more information. But briefly, successful students must:

  • Complete all coursework successfully
  • Complete the internship hours (for those seeking certification)
  • Complete comprehensive exams
  • Complete and defend the proposal and the final dissertation

How many credits are required for the Ed.D.?

The Ed.D. is a 51 credit, 8 semester degree.

What is an acceptable writing sample to submit for admission?

We would prefer an academic writing sample (such as a paper you completed in your master’s degree program). Please contact the program director for more information about acceptable writing samples if you do not have a sample of academic writing.

What information should be included in my Personal Statement/Statement of Interest?

Your Statement of Interest should:

  • Provide information about you (briefly)
  • Discuss why you want to pursue the Ed.D.
  • Indicate why you are interested in the Ed.D. program in K-12 Leadership at the University of Houston (why this degree is instrumental in your efforts to achieve your goals as an educational leader)
  • Provide information about the faculty with whom you are interested in working

Who can/should write my letters of reference?

You must have three letters of recommendation. Your letters should come from anyone (not related to you) who can speak substantively about you as a professional and/or your potential to successfully complete doctoral level work. A person who has earned a doctorate and knows you well would be uniquely qualified to provide a recommendation. In addition, you should consider soliciting letters from:

  • A supervisor
  • A veteran co-worker
  • A former professor

Is this degree offered online?

Each of our courses are considered to be hybrid in nature. Specifically, 51% of our courses will take place in a face-to-face environment, while the other 49% take place in an asynchronous online environment.

How many people are admitted to each cohort?

The maximum number of students admitted in any doctoral cohort is 20.

Who can I contact for additional information about courses, program benchmarks, and career opportunities with this degree?

Please send an email request to Dr. Bradley Davis at to make an appointment with a faculty member.