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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Welcome to The EKU Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is a terminal degree offered by Eastern Kentucky University for persons seeking to provide leadership for positively impacting schools and communities. Participation in this doctoral program will lead to enhanced understanding and practical capacity with regard to human learning, educational institutions, and the interaction of the larger society with educational, financial, and governmental entities and processes. Likewise, program participation will allow for the acquisition of skills to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to conduct and apply research. Course work will be built on a knowledge base that reflects current research, theory, and practice, and doctoral faculty will serve as ongoing mentor resources – answering questions, helping to resolve problems and issues in educational settings, collaborating on research projects, referring individuals to job openings, etc.

To ensure your application is complete and reviewed by the committee for admission in time for prompt registration, please submit your applications no later than the following dates for terms (otherwise admission and registration may be delayed):

  • To begin in the fall:  

                     Early Admission - March 1

                    Late Admission - April 15

Before your application will be marked complete please make sure the following are sent to the department:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/Vita
  • Personal/Professional Statement

For more information, contact  Dr. Todd McCardle -  Email or Phone: 859-622-9949

Ed.D. General Course Requirements

Planned Program Form

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