Doctorate in Education Administration

Overview

The doctoral program in Educational Administration and Policy offers a premier degree preparing candidates to achieve high-level success in a K-12 school setting. 

Applicants for a Fall 2017 cohort offered in Alexandria, Virginia are now being considered. Faculty members associated with this Ed.D. specialization have extensive professional experience at the local, state, national, and international levels. This academically rigorous program prepares students for leadership responsibilities within all facets of the educational arena. Researchers and practitioners who aspire to high levels of responsibility in educational organizations will develop leadership skills through coursework, seminars, research associations with faculty, and self-directed activities.

Highlights

Why a Doctorate in Education Administration?

  • Weekend Cohort Model: Designed for busy professionals, the Education Administration program will advance your career options while deepening your expertise. Expert faculty and a comprehensive curriculum offered on weekends will prepare you for leadership roles in education and related fields.
  • Exploration Leading to Expertise: Examine -
    The Leadership Trajectory of School Leaders
    Curriculum, Assessment, and Practice of Leadership Preparation Programs
    Evaluation of School-University Partnerships
    Teacher Leadership Development
    Mentoring and Coaching
    Leadership Styles and Effectiveness
Curriculum

Educational administration: a minimum of 48 credits, including 27 credits in required courses, a 3-credit research course, 18 credits in dissertation courses, and successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

Core Courses

EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 6368 Power, Leadership & Education
EDUC 6371 Education Policy
EDUC 6570 Educational Planning
EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122 Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 8276 Seminar: Administration and Supervision
EDUC 8277 Advanced Instructional Leadership for School Improvement
EDUC 8280 Critical Review of Educational Leadership Literature

Research Course

3 credits from the following:
EDUC 8100 Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130 Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131 Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140 Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142 Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144 Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170 Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171 Predictive Designs and Analyses

Dissertation

EDUC 8998 Pre-Dissertation Seminar (taken for 6 credits)
EDUC 8999 Dissertation Research (12 credits minimum)

Approved dissertation proposal required
Successful completion of comprehensive exam required

Faculty
Associate Professor
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Associate Professor
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Assistant Professor
(757) 269-2229
Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Associate Professor
(202) 994-0132
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-1342
Career Outlook

Opportunities

“The design of this program allowed me to be an effective principal of an award winning urban school, while simultaneously completing a terminal degree at a top university. The balance of rigor, collegiality and relevance is without peer. The respect given to a GW doctorate was very influential to my appointment as superintendent of schools."
~Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, Superintendent, Willingboro Township School District, NJ, Ed. D. Educational Administration & Policy Studies

Our graduates are leading in schools and districts across the nation. They serve as District Coordinators for Special Education, Assistant Superintendents, Superintendents, University Professors, Principals, Assistant Principals, Senior Literacy Specialists, Chief Human Resources and Development Officers.

In the News

GSEHD alumnus Donyall Dickey (Ed.D., Educational Administration and Leadership) has been named the finalist to become the superintendent of public schools in Portland, Oregon. Dr.

GSEHD alumna Holly Wargo (Ed.D., education administration and leadership) was appointed Division Superintendent of Schools in Northumberland County Public Schools, Virginia.

GSEHD doctoral student Anh-Thy Nguyen (educational administration and policy) was selected to participate in the 37th Annual David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in K-12 Educational Administration and Policy, which will be held April 26-27, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Nearly 90 doctoral students from seven countries were nominated this year, but the Clark Scholarship selected only the top-ranked proposals. Ms.

GSEHD alumna Dr. Amy Cashwell (master's degree in education administration and supervision and a doctoral degree in education administration and policy studies), who is Virginia Beach City Public Schools chief academic officer, has been recognized as this year's Outstanding Leader of the Year for her role in launching a school-based instructional technology support program.

Joel Garrison, a doctoral student in Ed Administration, has been selected to serve as part of the Milken Military Leadership Circle. The program goal is to enrich the Milken Institute's conversations on current world topics by including the unique perspective and life experiences held by military officers as well as to create professional development and leadership mentoring opportunities between military officers and Milken associates.

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Alexandria, VA 22314

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