Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration

Strong leadership, as well as a deep understanding of curriculum, assessment, and teacher development, is necessary in transforming our nation's schools and districts.

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership & Administration offers a premier degree preparing candidates to achieve high-level success in a K-12 school setting. With an emphasis on promoting high student achievement through teacher mentoring, problem-solving, and data analysis the Educational Leadership and Administration program will prepare you for a leadership position in a school setting of your choice. 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.

This academically rigorous program prepares graduates for leadership responsibilities within all facets of the educational arena. Graduates have become principals, assistant principals, program directors, instructional coaches, deans, and superintendents.

Highlights

Why a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration?

    Convenient Schedule: Designed to accommodate working educators, the Educational Leadership and 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.

    Faculty: Faculty members associated with this Ed.D. specialization have extensive professional practitioner experience at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Curriculum

Educational Leadership and Administration: a minimum of 48 credits, including 24 credits in core courses, 9 credits of research coursework, 15 credits in pre-dissertation writing and dissertation courses, and successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

Core Courses

EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 8240 Organizational Theory and Leadership in Education
EDUC 8268 Leadership Theory for Education
EDUC 8270 Fundamentals of Educational Planning
EDUC 8271 Education Policy for School Leaders
EDUC 8276 Seminar: Administration and Supervision
EDUC 8277 Advanced Instructional Leadership for School Improvement
EDUC 8280 Critical Review of Educational Leadership Literature

Research Methods

EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122 Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 8100 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods*

* students who desire to complete a quantitative dissertation may substitute the appropriate Advanced Research Methods class online or on the main Foggy Bottom campus

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
EDUC 8172 Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173 Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174 Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175 Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177 Assessment Engineering

Dissertation

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

Approved dissertation proposal required
Successful completion of comprehensive exam required

Faculty
Associate Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor
(202) 994-4515
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.

Admissions

Admissions

Program Entry: Fall 2020 (Virginia Science and Technology Campus, Ashburn, VA); Fall 2021 (Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Alexandria, VA)
Prerequisites: Master's Degree or similar
Campus: Alexandria Graduate Education Center (Alexandria) and Virginia Science & Technology Campus (Ashburn)

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose, referencing the Research Focus for the cohort (available from the doctoral adviser)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (one that speaks to the applicant’s writing and analysis capacity and another that speaks to the candidate’s contributions to teams)
  • Transcripts
  • Standardized Test Scores (GRE or MAT)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration program located at the Virginia Science and Technology Center in Ashburn, VA and at the Alexandria Graduate Education Center in Alexandria, VA (202) 994-9283.

In the News

GSEHD alumnus Dr. Maurice Smith (Ed.D., Educational Administration and Leadership) has published a children's book entitled Uncle Charles and Me!. Dr. Smith is an Assistant Principal at Prince Edward Middle School in Farmville, VA.

On February 19 at 8pm, Dr. Jennifer Clayton will be facilitating a live Twitter chat about the state of leadership in education as well as how GSEHD is preparing the next generation of leaders. Follow @Jenkclayton to tune in!

Dr. Abebayehu Tekleselassie was elected and appointed President of the International Society for Educational Planning for a two-year term (October 2019-October 2021). In addition, Dr.

GSEHD alumnus Dr. Ronald Taylor (Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Administration) has been named the Superintendent for the South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey, effective July 8, 2019. Dr. Taylor started his career as a kindergarten teacher. During his years as an educator he was an assistant principal in the DC Public Schools (DCPS) as well as an award-winning principal in DCPS, before moving to a Regional Superintendent role in Newark. He joined Willingboro (NJ) as Superintendent eight years ago where his research-based, data-driven approach resulted in bringing academic and operational stability to Willingboro, according to officials.

GSEHD alumnus Dr. Eric A. Levine (master's in Special Education and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership) has been named the new President and CEO of CooperRiis, a residential mental health treatment community in North Carolina. Dr. Levine is the former Executive Director of ClearView Communities, a residential treatment program in Frederick, MD, for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges.