Doctor of Education with Administrative Leadership Concentration


Experienced, licensed teachers with a desire to become leaders in their schools and districts. A minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching in a PreK-12 classroom will be required before you enter the program. If seeking the Administrative Licensure Specialization, you must work in a TN school.

What You Learn:

The Doctorate in Education program is designed for those individuals who have completed master’s and/or Ed.S. degrees and who wish to extend their research expertise. Candidates will develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings for application in a variety of educational settings, and they will also develop skills for conducting original research. In addition, candidates will focus on the development of leadership skills required for implementation of research-based change strategies. For students seeking administrative licensure, the Administrator's License (Ill) Ed.S. & Ed.D. Specialization may be taken concurrently. Candidates complete a series of courses and a qualifying exam prior to proceeding to the research component of the program. Candidates complete a series of courses that lead to the development of the research proposal and dissertation, the capstone research experience for the program. All research project proposals must conform to the policies and procedures of the Institutional Review Board of the Graduate Committee.

Program Format:

This is an online program; the student will log in regularly to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, the student will finish one 3 credit course every 8 weeks. During the summer, the student will complete up to four courses. Following this schedule, it is possible to complete the program in approxi­mately 3 years, but you may choose to complete the program over a longer time frame. The Ed.D. programs require three semesters of consecutive enrollment to satisfy residency requirements. All coursework must be completed within 7 years from full admission to the program.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree with a concentration in Administrative Leadership. For students who wish to seek administrative licensure, the Administrator's License (Ill) Ed.S. & Ed.D. Specialization may be taken concurrently. Upon passing of the Praxis Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) these students may be recommended for the Beginning (ILL-B) Administrative License in the state of Tennessee.

To become a candidate for Administrative Licensure in Tennessee, Administrative Leadership applicants will prepare a state-required portfolio, including a copy of their teaching license and a letter written on school system letterhead as verification of 3 completed years of teaching experience.

Note: Since Administrative Licensure is a collaborative process between P-12 schools and universities, the following needs to take place in order to be moved to candidacy for licensure: a local school system (candidates MUST work in a TN school district) must present evidence of approval of the candidate, and a state-required portfolio prepared by the student must be submitted. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for licensure are eligible to complete one of the other advanced degree tracks.

Degree Requirements:

Number Title Hours
EDUC 638 Foundations of Leadership 3
EDUC 670 Legal Ethical Issues 3
EDUC 721 Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis 3
EDUC 723 Emergent Educational Leadership Trends and Topics 3
EDUC 751 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Design 3
EDUC 673 Management of the School 3
EDUC 674 Professional Learning Communities 3
ELECTIVE Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
EDUC 722 Organizational Leadership 3
EDUC 724 Financial Planning and Responsibilities 3
EDUC 720 Ethical, Social, Spiritual Leadership Principles 3
EDUC 750 Mentored Residency Internship & Professional Portfolio 3
ELECTIVE Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
EDUC 752 Critical Analysis and Research Design 3
EDUC 753 Professional Composition Studies 3
EDUC 754 Dissertation 12
EDUC-FOLIO Educational Leadership Evidence Portfolio 0
EDUC-PRACT Educational Leadership Practicum Project 0
EDUC-SLLLA Administrative Leadership Licensure Assessment 0
EDUC-ANRVW Annual Review 0
EDUC-CMPEX Comprehensive Exam 0
  Total for Degree: 57

Please Note:

The degree requirements listed above are tentative and are subject to change.