Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.)

Administrative Leadership

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. To become eligible for administrative licensure, at least two years of licensed TN teaching experience in a PreK-12 classroom is required, along with present employment in a Tennessee school. (See Administrative License Specialization Program for more details on the license.)

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 Specialization may be taken concurrently (see Administrative License Specialization program for more details on the license). 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 typically 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

Graduates are eligible to market themselves for leadership roles in PreK-12 schools and districts.

Degree Requirements

Number Title Hours
EDUC 638 Foundations of Leadership 3
EDUC 670 Legal Ethical Issues 3
EDUC 673 Management of the School 3
EDUC 674 Professional Learning Communities 3
EDUC 720 Ethical, Social, Spiritual Leadership Principles 3
EDUC 721 Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis 3
EDUC 722 Organizational Leadership 3
EDUC 723 Emergent Educational Leadership Trends and Topics 3
EDUC 724 Financial Planning and Responsibilities 3
EDUC 750 Mentored Residency Internship & Professional Portfolio 3
EDUC 751 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Design 3
EDUC 752 Critical Analysis and Research Design 3
EDUC 753 Professional Composition Studies 3
EDUC 7546A Dissertation 6
EDUC 7546B Dissertation 6
Cognate Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
Cognate Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
EDUC-ANRVW Annual Review 0
EDUC CAPS Capstone 0
Total for Degree: 57
Please Note:

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