Jun 13, 2021
Doctorate in Education
Director: Shane Martin
Assistant Director: Jill Bickett
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice
The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice is an innovative three-year cohort program whose vision is a more socially just future for PK-12 schools and other educational and community settings. The Ed.D. program provides experienced educators and community leaders with the tools, theories, and experiences needed to succeed in transforming educational settings into inclusive and equitable learning environments. Combining theory with practice, the curriculum provides candidates with a better understanding of the complex issues impacting education and student achievement, and prepares graduates as change agents.
The following are required for consideration of acceptance into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice:
- Application for Ed.D. program
- Admission Test: GRE required
- A two- to three-page Statement of Purpose following the format described in application materials
- Earned master's degree from an accredited institution verified by official transcripts (2 copies)
- GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale) in master's coursework
- 20 graduate-level semester units in a related field, which includes verified content in research methods and diversity
- Current résumé
- Three recommendation forms (at least one from a current employer and one from a professor in a completed master's level program)
- Interview with Doctoral Admissions Committee
- Minimum of 2 years full-time experience in public, Catholic, or private schools or other education setting
Applicants who have taken doctoral level coursework at another accredited university may request a transcript audit and admission to an individualized course of study leading to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice. Candidates must meet the admission requirements. If accepted, candidates must complete the required tutorials, research seminars, and culminating experience.
As educational leaders, Ed. D. graduates will be able to:
- Identify and analyze the economic, political, legal, and sociocultural context of education;
- Engage in inquiry and research to promote inclusive excellence in schools and/or society;
- Articulate the ways in which theory and research influence the development of personal leadership praxis; and
- Advocate for the transformation of educational and community settings into just and equitable learning environments.
Candidates must complete all of the following courses:
Candidates select one of the following content specific courses:
Candidates complete at least 8 semester hours of dissertation coursework, including:
*EDLA 7954 is only required if a candidate does not successfully defend his/her dissertation by the end of Spring semester of his/her third year. Candidates must register for
each semester until the dissertation is signed off by the chair.
Program Mission and Goals
Program Mission Statement
The doctorate in educational leadership for social justice prepares moral, ethical, and effective leaders to transform local and global educational and community settings and serve the needs of all learners.
The Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice will:
- Prepare leaders to critically engage complex issues impacting education and student achievement and to demonstrate commitment to social justice.
- Offer a rigorous course of study that connects theories and practices to effective leadership that advances equity, democracy, and social justice.
- Prepare candidates who are knowledgeable in research methodologies and able to design, implement, and evaluate policies, programs, and practices, which impact schools and communities.
- Help meet existing and projected needs for moral ethical leaders throughout educational and community settings.