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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Concentrations
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Program Courses for Leadership, Policy Studies, and Social Justice Concentration
Program Courses for Curriculum Leadership for Social Justice Concentraton
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OVERVIEW

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.

CONCENTRATIONS

Leadership, Policy Studies, and Social Justice. P-12 and Postsecondary Leaders are charged to direct broad educational programs that increase excellence and equity as measured by outcomes. Educational entities and organizations need professionals who use current knowledge and possess strong leadership skills to design and administer programs that can improve teaching and learning. Moreover, they need leaders who know about and respond to the specific challenges and strengths of the communities they serve. The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in this concentration at Eastern Kentucky University will play a significant role in developing such leaders. Participation in this doctoral program will lead to enhanced practical capacity with regard to human learning, educational institutions, and the interaction of the larger society with educational, financial, and governmental processes. Likewise, participation will allow for the acquisition of skills to conduct and successfully apply research. Course work will be built on a knowledge base that reflects current research, theory, and practice. Doctoral faculty will serve as mentors.

Curriculum Leadership for Social Justice. Curriculum Leadership for Social Justice is geared for devoted practitioners committed to addressing problems facing leaders in the field of education. This degree concentration aims to develop scholars who wish to assume leadership roles in educational institutions, such as school or district curriculum leadership. Students will research and implement a diverse range of curricular trends focused on equity and social justice. Doctoral faculty will serve as mentors in helping students create doctoral dissertations that meet their professional goals.

ADMISSION

The decision to admit a student to doctoral work constitutes a major commitment from the faculty in the form of advising, teaching, chairing and serving on the committee, preparing and evaluating examinations, and guiding the dissertation to successful completion. The applications are due by March 1 for admission in the following fall semester. Applications received after March 1 may be considered for Spring admission pending availability of openings in the programs.

Admission to the Doctor of Education program is based upon the following entrance requirements:

  • Earned a master’s degree in education or a related field.
  • Must have professional experience (preference will be given to those with leadership experience) The applicant should note that the decision to admit students to the doctoral program is a collective judgment of the faculty and represents their determination of the likelihood of the applicant’s success in all major phases of the degree program. These judgments take into account the applicant’s professional experiences, communication and thinking skills, and other relevant capabilities. Thus, an applicant is not automatically admitted on the basis of meeting the minimal criteria.

A completed application packet includes the following:

  • Completed graduate school and concentration applications
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Resumé of professional experience
  • Score reports from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test if the graduate GPA is less than 3.5
  • At least three letters of recommendation—including at least one each from a peer, a supervisor, and a college/university faculty member.
  • Writing sample from previous graduate program that exemplifies applicant’s writing and research skills

REQUIREMENTS

Each student in the Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies is required to complete coursework in the following areas. Please note that these are minimum requirements.

  • Core Doctoral Study Research Courses: 18 hours
  • Concentration Area Courses: 18 hours
  • Electives: 12 hours
  • Dissertation: 12 hours (minimum)

HOW TO APPLY

Apply through EKU's Graduate School

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):

Application Deadlines

  • Regular Admission - March 1
  • Late Admission - April 15

Before your application will be considered, please make sure the following are included in your submission:

  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work 
  • Resumé of professional experience 
  • Score reports from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test if the graduate GPA is less than 3.5 
  • At least three letters of recommendation—including at least one each from a peer, a supervisor, and a college/university faculty member. 
  • Writing sample from previous graduate program that exemplifies applicant’s writing and research skills

CONTACT

Program Coordinator - Dr. Todd McCardle, todd.mccardle@eku.edu
Office Phone: 859-622-9949

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