Donald A. Buchholz Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration offers an EdD and a PhD through the Donald A. Buchholz Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. The Educational Leadership Program, a member of CPED (The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate), offers a CPED influenced EdD which makes a clear distinction between the intent of EdD and PhD as follows:

  • EdD:  Prepare professional leaders competent in identifying and solving complex problems in education. Emphasis is on developing thoughtful and reflective practitioners.
  • PhD:  Prepare professional researchers, scholars, or scholar practitioners. Develop competence in conducting scholarship and research that focuses on acquiring new knowledge.

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration provides graduate assistantships on a competitive basis to full-time graduate students.

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Interested in a doctoral degree in educational leadership? UNT's Buchholz Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is a premiere Carnegie influenced program in a tier 1 research university. Eleven of our alum are current superintendents and vast number serve as district and school leaders. We are accepting applications now for Fall 2018. The application deadline is February 1st, 2018. For more information please contact the doctoral program coordinator, Dr. Miriam Ezzani (Miriam.Ezzani@unt.edu) or call 940-565-2935.

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program has adopted core values and beliefs that align with the six CPED principles and define what our graduates are able to do in the context of diverse learning environments. The UNT Educational leadership program develops graduates who are able to:

Lead learning organizations
Engage ethically with the community
Advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion
Develop theory to practice solutions

Dissertation in Practice: The EdD program is designed for working professionals who plan careers as district or school leaders.  Accordingly, the dissertation is focused on educational problems of practice, which consequently evaluates a student's ability "to think, to perform, and to act with integrity" (Shulman, 2005).

Program Delivery and Supports: Delivery of all educational leadership courses are blended. The three methods courses offered by other departments are online or face to face. Students enroll in two classes each semester (fall, spring, and summer) for three years and enroll in dissertation hours year four for the completion of the dissertation. Students attend face to face classes about four times a month with the other sessions online. A cohort model allows for support and networking opportunities with classes offered at four locations. Through the generosity of the Buchholz Endowment Funds and Hilltop Securities, scholarships are available for doctoral students and those enrolled in the Superintendency Certification Program, respectively.

>> Learn more about the EdD in Educational Leadership

>> Application and Degree Requirements

>> EdD in Educational Leadership Degree Plan

>> See the Educational Leadership Doctoral Handbook

For questions about the Donald A. Buchholz Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, prospective students may contact the program advisor, or administrative assistant:

Program Advisor: Dr. Miriam D. Ezzani (Miriam.Ezzani@unt.edu)
Administrative Assistant: (COE-EdLeadership@unt.edu)

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration offers a research-oriented Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Educational Leadership. Certification as a superintendent may be part of the program through the Hilltop Securities/UNT Superintendent Certification Program. The PhD program prepares individuals to conduct and evaluate research that will expand knowledge in educational leadership. Typically, the PhD student plans a career as a university professor, a policy analyst, or a research director in a state or local education agency.

>> Learn more about the PhD in Educational Leadership

>> Application and Degree Requirements

>> PhD in Educational Leadership Degree Plan

>> See the Educational Leadership Doctoral Handbook

For questions about the Donald A. Buchholz Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, prospective students may contact the program advisor, or administrative assistant:

Program Advisor: Dr. Miriam D. Ezzani (Miriam.Ezzani@unt.edu)
Administrative Assistant: (COE-EdLeadership@unt.edu)