Doctoral Programs - Educational Leadership

Department of Teacher Education and Administration
Educational Leadership

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration offers both a practitioner-oriented Doctor of Education (EdD) program and a research-oriented Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Educational Leadership. Certification as a superintendent may be part of either program through the Southwest 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. The EdD program is designed for students who plan careers as school administrators.  This degree emphasizes the application of educational research and accepted management practice to educational administration. The aim of this program is to assist students to prepare for leadership roles in education.

More information about the programs is available in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Handbook.

Lead Doctoral Advisor: Dr. Bill Camp (Bill.Camp@unt.edu)
Administrative Assistant: Marilyn Kocurek (
Marilyn.Kocurek@unt.edu), (940) 565-2175

Admission Requirements

Admission to either doctoral program in Educational Administration takes into consideration several critical factors deemed important for success in graduate studies. No single factor determines an individual’s eligibility for admission.

Admission is a two-part process. Each applicant must first apply to and meet the general admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School at UNT. Applicants must also submit an admissions portfolio to the Educational Leadership program office.

Deadlines for application:

March 15 - for enrollment in the following Fall semester
November 30 - for enrollment in the following Spring semester

1) Submit Application to UNT's Toulouse Graduate School. 

Applicants should apply to the Toulouse Graduate School at www.applytexas.org. This application includes the application fee, GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing) scores, and official transcripts from all schools attended. If the minimum GPA requirements are met, the packet will be forwarded to our department for review. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School, including a minimum 3.4 GPA on a Master's degree work (if applying with a Master's degree), 2.8 on bachelor's (if applying without a master's degree), or (alternatively) GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours taken if applying with a Bachelor's degree.

2) Complete Educational Leadership Admissions Materials.

Applicants must submit the following items directly to the Educational Leadership Program Office by the deadline:

a) Educational Leadership Program Application

b) letters of recommendation from three persons who can give evidence of the applicant’s reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. One of the letters should be from a college or university professor, and one letter should be from a supervisor familiar with the individual’s professional work;

c) a detailed resume or curriculum vitae;

d) documentation of having experience as a public or private school teacher at the elementary or secondary school level;

e) documentation of experience in administrative, managerial or other leadership positions;

f) a three-page double spaced narrative description including the applicant’s two most important prior professional achievements; the applicant’s future career goals; and how securing the degree in educational administration will relate to those goals;

g) a sample of the applicant's best written work in the form of a published article or book chapter, a research term paper, or a district or agency report;

h) a three-page discussion of the two or three most important books that he or she has read recently.

Note:

A candidate for admission to either doctoral program must have completed 24 hours in education at the undergraduate or master’s level. Students who do not have a master’s degree in school administration must complete a minimum of 15 hours of courses in educational administration. These courses, generally taken prior to or concurrent with the doctoral requirements, are specified by the student’s major professor.

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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
(UNT Graduate Catalog Listing)

Degree Requirements (Minimum 60 hours)

1. Educational Leadership Core (12 hours)

EDAD 6100 - Theories of Organizational Development (3 hours)
EDAD 6160 - Professional Learning Communities: Research and Practice (3 hours)

EDAD 6570 - Advanced Educational Finance (3 hours)
EDAD 6580 - Administration and Supervision of the Instructional Program (3 hour blended course)

2. Research and Statistics (12 hours)

Select 4 courses from:

EPSY 6010 - Statistics for Educational Research (3 hours)
EPSY 6020 - Research Methods in Education (3 hours)
EPSY 6210 - Multiple Regression Analysis and Related Methods (3 hours)
EPSY 6280 - Qualitative Research in Education (3 hours)
EPSY 6285 - Qualitative Data Analysis in Education (3 hours)
EPSY 6290 - Multivariate Statistics in Education
(3 hours)

3. Concentration Area (24 hours)

Choose 4 courses each from two of the following groups:

a) Superintendent Certification

EDAD 6110 - Advanced Theory and Research in Administration (3 hours)
EDAD 6450 - Public School Finance, Business Management, and Facilities (3 hours)
EDAD 6510 - Seminar in Advanced Education Law (3 hours)
EDAD 6590 - The Superintendency (3 hours)

b) EDAD Elective Area

EDAD 6200 - Current Issues: Cultural Studies in Educational Administration (3 hours)
EDAD 6200 - Current Issues: Proposal Development and Writing (3 hours)
EDAD 6400 - Policy and Politics of Educational Administration (3 hours)
EDAD 6520 - Human Resource Development (3 hours)
EDAD 6530 - Educational Facilities (3 hours)
EDAD 6550 - Business Administration of the Public Schools (3 hours)

c) Outside concentration area

Students may choose a concentration other than Educational Leadership. In this case the student will work with their major advisor and minor professor to identify an appropriate concentration area. Some examples include:

Curriculum and Instruction
Reading
Special Education
Counseling
Technology
Bilingual Education
Public Administration
Business

4. Dissertation (12 hours minimum)

Students must complete a 12 hour doctoral dissertation on a Program Evaluation, State, District, or National Study.

EDAD 6950 - Doctoral Dissertation

Note:

Additional coursework may be required, depending on the candidate’s previous experience.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
(UNT Graduate Catalog Listing)

Degree Requirements (Minimum 66 hours)

1. Required Coursework (18 hours)

EDAD 6100 - Theories of Organizational Development and Reform (3 hours)
EDAD 6400 - Politics of Educational Administration (3 hours)
EDAD 6510 - Seminar in Advanced Education Law (3 hours)
EDAD 6570 - Seminar in Advanced Educational Finance (3 hours)

plus two courses selected from:

EDAD 6110 - Advanced Theory and Research in Administration (3 hours)
EDAD 6310 - Research Practicum (3 hours)
EDAD 6900 - Special Problems (3 hours)

2. Research and Statistics (9 hours)

EPSY 6010 - Statistics for Educational Research (3 hours)
EPSY 6020 - Research Methods in Education (3 hours)

Plus one course from the following:

EPSY 6210 - Multiple Regression Analysis (3 hours)
EPSY 6220 - Classical and Modern Educational Measurement Theory (3 hours)
EPSY 6230 - Advanced Research Design (3 hours)
EDCI/EPSY 6280 - Qualitative Research in Education (3 hours)

3. Educational Administration Electives (12 hours)

Choose 4 courses from:

EDAD 6110 - Advanced Theory and Research in Administration (3 hours)
EDAD 6200 - Current Issues in Educational Administration (3 hours)
EDAD 6310 - Research Practicum (3 hours)
EDAD 6520 - Personnel Administration in the Public Schools (3 hours)
EDAD 6540 - Education and Public Relations (3 hours)
EDAD 6580 - Administration and Supervision of the Instructional Program (3 hours)
EDAD 6590 - The Superintendency (3 hours)
EDAD 6900 - Special Problems (3 hours)

4. Minor Field (15 hours)

15 hours of courses outside the college in a field related to the student’s area of research interest.

5. Dissertation (12 hours minimum)

EDAD 6950 - Doctoral Dissertation

Note:

Additional coursework may be required, depending on the candidate’s previous experience.

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