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 21 credits in required courses, 12 credits of research coursework, 15 credits in dissertation courses, and successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

Core Courses

EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics
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
6 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
(757) 269-2203
Assistant Professor
(757) 269-2229
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-7576
Assistant Professor
(703) 726-3772
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 2018 (Ashburn 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.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration program located on campus (757-269-2209).

In the News

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.

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.