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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.


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Includes Preparation for Superintendent Certification

The Ed.D. in educational leadership (pre-K to grade 12) is designed to prepare mid-career professionals for a variety of leadership roles in school districts, independent schools, charter management organizations, public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Students are engaged with program faculty members and their cohort in all course content, which includes the individual development and execution of a problem-based dissertation. Program activities benefit the students in their roles as system-level leaders or policy professionals, as well as the organizations they serve. The program is designed to allow individuals to continue working as they complete this three-year doctoral program.

Program Structure. The Ed.D. curriculum is delivered in a three-year executive-style format in which students meet 10 weekends each year in addition to summer intensive sessions. The schedule is designed for midcareer professionals to further their education while continuing to work. Students remain together in a cohort as they progress through the program. Some online assignments are given between weekend sessions. Five cross-cutting themes infuse courses and other learning opportunities:

  • Academic leadership.
  • Strategic and organizational leadership.
  • Policy and political leadership.
  • Evidence-based leadership.
  • Personal and ethical leadership.

An applied dissertation that serves as a capstone experience is designed for students to build upon and demonstrate leadership competencies through engaging in a multifaceted inquiry project based on a problem of practice.

Requirements for the Major


Admission Requirements


  1. The online SMU application.
  2. A master’s or postbaccalaureate degree in education or a related field.
  3. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts with a minimum GPA of 3.000 for both degrees.
  4. GRE graduate entry exam scores taken within the last five years, with the institution code 7464 (and TOEFL English language proficiency test scores if the student’s native language is not English).
  5. A statement of professional purpose.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the candidate’s academic and professional skills and potential. One letter should be from a direct supervisor in the candidate’s organization.
  7. A résumé/curriculum vita.
  8. A letter from the candidate’s organization indicating agreement for the student to miss work to attend classes (for time on Fridays and summer terms).
  9. Candidates applying for the preparation for superintendent certification program only:
    1. A letter of agreement from the superintendent or other system-level administrator indicating that the school district will provide internship activities and a district mentor for the candidate.
    2. A copy of the candidate’s Texas Principal Certificate and service records.

Promising applicants may be invited to engage in an interview and additional selection processes.

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