Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership & Administration 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.


Why a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration?

  • Weekend Cohort Model: Designed for busy professionals, 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.
  • 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

Educational Leadership and 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


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

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Career Outlook


“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.



Program Entry: Fall 2017 (Alexandria Campus) and Spring 2018 (Hampton Roads Center)
Prerequisites:Master's Degree
Campus:Alexandria Campus, Virginia Science & Technology Campus, and Hampton Roads Center

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (must be academic)
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • 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 page.

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In the News

GSEHD alumna Kari Weston (Ed.D., administration and policy studies) has been named Superintendent of Schools for Dinwiddie County, Virginia. Dr. Weston spent 27 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, executive director and assistant superintendent in the areas of academic and instructional services. In Dinwiddie, she has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the past two years.

GSEHD alumna Arronza LaBatt (Ed.D., educational administration and policy studies) is a finalist for the AERA Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group (LSI SIG) 2016 Dissertation of the Year Award for Balancing the Role of the Principalship: Creating and Sustaining Equity and Excellence in an Accountabilty World. Dr. Jennifer Clayton was her dissertation chair. Dr. LaBatt will be presenting her work at the AERA Conference in San Antonio, TX.

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. Nguyen's proposal is entitled Examining School Principals' Understanding of Data-Driven Decision Making: A Descriptive Study of Virginia's Public Elementary School Principals and Their Understanding and Use of Data as They Relate to Student Achievement, and her chair is Dr. Linda Lemasters. The Clark Seminar brings together emerging K-12 educational leadership and policy scholars with noted researchers for two days of presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth.