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Ed.D. in Professional Leadership - K-12

To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.

Is this Program for Me?

The Ed.D. in Professional Leadership - K-12 prepares students for Professional and Administrative Leadership positions in a variety of settings. The program provides intensive research and applied skills for students grappling with real-world concerns in education. Students bring the most pressing concerns experienced by the educational community to each course.

The Ed.D. in Professional Leadership - K-12 offers a number of distinctive benefits, including:

  • This degree was initiated by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate - Executive Ed.D in Professional Leadership
  • A program structure that enables fully employed professionals to earn a doctorate while continuing to manage their career. This 51 credit-hour program is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online instruction
  • Texas superintendent certification
  • Concentration areas tailored to specific career interests
  • Personalized academic and career advisement
  • A cohort structured program where students help students and develop a learning community

What will I learn?

The Ed.D. program places a strong emphasis on reflective, creative and critical thinking when dealing with problems and dilemmas. It develops professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills through:

  • Coursework
  • Laboratory of Practice
  • Doctoral Thesis
  • TExES Superintendent (195)

The successful Ed.D. candidate enthusiastically and rigorously:

  • Identifies and develops professional leadership identity through ongoing reflection
  • Develops and implements a vision for establishing rich teaching and learning environments with input from all stakeholders, based on creative and effective use of data
  • Builds community and encourages collaboration, internally and externally, among teachers, students, families, industry, non-profit and other community resources
  • Frames, analyzes, and innovatively resolves educational dilemmas in light of political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts that are informed by current literature, applied theoretical knowledge, and current policies
  • Implements a continuous cycle of inquiry based on reflection and collaboration that includes authentic data collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Identifies and acts with professionalism, integrity and ethical behavior

What can I do with my degree?

The program prepares graduates for academic leadership positions in the following settings:

  • K-12 Schools
  • Technical Schools
  • Adult Schools
  • Educational Agencies
  • School District Offices

Graduates of the Executive Ed.D. in K-12 Professional Leadership may pursue the following careers:

  • Superintendents
  • Central and District Office Directors
  • K-12 School Administrators
  • College or University Professors

Professional leadership K12 doctoral student Dameion Crook talks about his experiences in the program.

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To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.