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Ed.D. – Ed Leadership
Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership Online

Program Overview


Rise to the highest standard in education with the Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from A-State. Taught 100% online, this dissertation-based Ed.D. program offers rigorous career and educational field preparation for master's and post-master's level professionals who aspire to ascend to top leadership roles in education.

icon $26,400 Total Tuition
icon As few as 40 months Program Duration
icon 60* Credit Hours
icon $26,400 Total Tuition
icon As few as 40 months Program Duration
icon 60* Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

In this writing-intense online doctoral program, students will explore different approaches to fostering a safe and diverse learning environment, closely examine ethical leadership practices, reflect on educational best practices that integrate theory and research, and gain expanded leadership skills needed to lead in high-performing organizations.

Throughout their coursework, students will conduct a thorough research project and collaborate with faculty one-on-one as part of their dissertation. Dissertation studies commence at semester five and extend to the end of the program in which students will present and defend their completed dissertation via A-State Online technology.

Students will have the full support of highly-qualified faculty and staff throughout the program. The Ed.D. online program is taught by former superintendents, principals and higher education leadership faculty with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Additionally, students will also have continuing support from dissertation mentors, online writing lab staff and a statistics expert to assist with their doctoral studies.

Prepare for expanded career opportunities, including:

  • Superintendent
  • School Principal
  • University Professor
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Educational Administrator for elementary, secondary, or collegiate levels

*Applicants who previously earned an Ed.S. degree do not need to take the pre-doctoral 9-credit-hour leveling coursework. These applicants will satisfy the Ed.D. academic requirements with 51 credit hours. The Ed.D. program does not lead to licensure.

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Doctoral Program Support

From the first course to the final dissertation, students have A–State's full support. Our experienced faculty will teach, mentor and collaborate with you as you progress throughout the doctoral program.

Tuition


The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for all U.S. residents. Tuition includes all administrative fees.

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Total Tuition $26,400
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $440

Calendar


Our Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is designed to be flexible and convenient for working educators. Students can choose from three start dates per year and can continue the required courses consecutively.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2020 7wk 1/13/2020 2/28/2020 12/30/2019 1/3/2020 1/9/2020 1/10/2020 2/18/2020
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Admissions


Students who are interested in our Ed.D. in Educational Leadership online program must have earned at least a master's degree from an accredited institution.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $50 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • Have a master's GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submit a professional resume.
  • Submit two Recommendation Forms from references who can speak to your ability to matriculate into this doctoral program and complete a dissertation.
  • Write a two-page letter of interest describing how you are a good fit for the Ed.D. program.
  • Submit one of the following writing samples, following APA Style, 6th edition:
    • Two-page personal philosophy of leadership citing three sources or references
    • OR

    • Research paper demonstrating ability to write at the post-graduate level

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


Students in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership online program must complete a total of 60 credit hours. Required coursework includes pre-doctoral core (9 credit hours—not required for applicants who previously earned an Ed.S. degree), doctoral leadership core (24 credit hours), and doctoral leadership and dissertation core (27 credit hours).

Students must complete the following courses. The pre-doctoral courses ELCI 7523: Curriculum Theory and Practice, ELAD 7033: Contemporary Issues in Education, and ELAD 7073: Schooling in a Pluralistic Society are required only for students who did not previously earn an Ed.S. degree.

All students are required to take and pass the Comprehensive Leadership Core exam after completing the first eight doctoral leadership core courses. Students may take the test twice, if needed.

Doctoral Sub-Core:

ELCI 7523: Curriculum Theory and Practice

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of current curriculum innovations and their underlying theoretical bases. Emphasis is given to current research on effective schools and to the translation of effective curriculum designs into practice.

ELAD 7033: Contemporary Issues in American Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of significant contemporary issues confronting American education.

ELAD 7073: Schooling in a Pluralistic Society

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive study of educational facilities, transportation, and food service programs for school district administrators. Administrators learn to use data logically and systematically to provide effective services and make decisions.

Doctoral Leadership Core:

ELAD 8043: Advanced Organizational Theory & Inquiry

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the theoretical assertions and empirical knowledge claims regarding the behavior of organizations with emphasis on implications of recent developments for leadership practice. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

ELAD 8213: Curriculum & Instruction

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is a reflective analysis of school curriculum, grades P-12 Presentations and discussion will focus on the four prevailing curriculum conceptions: Humanistic, societal, technological and academic. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program Educational Leadership.

ELAD 8343: Comparative Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of international education with a focus on acquiring knowledge associated with global education practices and their implications in a rapidly changing society. This course is restricted to students in the educational leadership doctorate program.

ELAD 8313: Educational Leadership Practices

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the professional applications of theoretical and empirically-based leadership practices with specific application to administration of educational institutions. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program and permission of the professor.

ELAD 8763: Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

This course examines educational ideas, concepts, and issues as it describes the social, political and economic issues and trends related to schools in a pluralistic society. Prerequisite: admission to doctoral program.

ELAD 8333: Organizational Development in Education (P-12)

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of research and practice to problems of change and innovation in education. Assessment and intervention strategies for school improvement efforts will be examined. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

ELAD 8253: Education Policy and the Law (P-12)

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the relationship of law and policy, and legal decision and educational practice. Among issues addressed are the relationship between schooling and the state, the nature and scope of students’ and teachers’ substantive and procedural rights, and the many meanings of educational opportunity. Emphasis is given to consideration of the tension among political, professional, and legal authority at the local level and the distinctive policy role of the federal government. Prerequisite: ELAD 6073 and admission to doctoral program.

ELAD 8203: Politics of Education (P-12)

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the political perspective of school administration and provides the practitioners with strategies and realizations critical to being a successful political influence in schooling. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

Doctoral Research and Dissertation Core:

ELFN 7783: Advanced Educational Statistics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of inferential statistics utilizing parametric and nonparametric procedures. Prerequisite: ELFN 6773 or equivalent.

ELFN 8783: Qualitative Research & Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects of research and evaluation methods derived from traditions of ethnographic and ethnomethodological inquiry. Prerequisites: ELFN 6773, ELFN 7773 and ELFN 7783, and admission to doctoral program.

ELFN 8773: Educational Research & Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of research designs and statistical techniques to provide students with the opportunity to relate, integrate, and synthesize evaluation processes. Study will focus on theories and practices of curriculum and environmental and educative roles of instruction. Prerequisites: ELFN 7773, ELFN 7783, and admission to doctoral program.

ELFN 7773: Advanced Educational Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An advanced study of the methodology of research including quantitative and non-quantitative procedures.

ELAD 8211: Research Seminar I: Dissertation Chapter 1

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Synthesizes concepts and knowledge from each corresponding seminar and previous course content to build a systems orientation toward change and an understanding of organizational culture. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

ELAD 8221: Research Seminar II: Dissertation Chapter 2

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Synthesizes concepts and knowledge from each corresponding seminar and previous course content to build a systems orientation toward change and an understanding of organizational culture. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program. Corequisites: ELAD 8253 and ELAD 8203

ELAD 8231: Research Seminar III: Chapter 3

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Synthesizes concepts and knowledge from each corresponding seminar and previous course content to build a systems orientation toward change and an understanding of organizational culture. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program. Corequisites: ELFN 8783 and ELFN 8773.

ELAD 8246: Dissertation Seminar 1: Dissertation (Chapter 4)

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 6

ELAD 8256: Dissertation Seminar 2: Dissertation (Chapter 5)

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 6

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