Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.)

Administrative Leadership Concentration

Online 57 major credits * 3 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online program

3 year completion time

Develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings

Focus on the development of leadership skills


Experienced educators with a desire to become leaders in administration within their schools and districts. A master’s degree is required for admission. If seeking TN Administrative Licensure, an applicant must currently work in a TN school, have a current educator license, and two years of PreK-12 professional experience.

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

EDUC 638Foundations of Leadership3
EDUC 670Legal Ethical Issues3
EDUC 721Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis3
EDUC 723Emergent Educational Leadership Trends and Topics3
EDUC 751Quantitative and Qualitative Research Design3
EDUC 673Management of the School3
EDUC 674Professional Learning Communities3
ELECTIVEAdditional coursework in a Cognate Area3
EDUC 722Organizational Leadership3
EDUC 724Financial Planning and Responsibilities3
EDUC 720Ethical, Social, Spiritual Leadership Principles3
EDUC 750Mentored Residency Internship & Professional Portfolio3
ELECTIVEAdditional coursework in a Cognate Area3
EDUC 752Critical Analysis and Research Design3
EDUC 753Professional Composition Studies3
EDUC 754Dissertation12
EDUC-FOLIOEducational Leadership Evidence Portfolio0
EDUC-PRACTEducational Leadership Practicum Project0
EDUC-SLLLAAdministrative Leadership Licensure Assessment0
EDUC-ANRVWAnnual Review0
EDUC-CMPEXComprehensive Exam0
 Total for Degree:57
Please Note:

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