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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) 




Program Contact Information:

Dr. Gary Stewart

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 Doctor of Education [60 Credit Hours]


Doctoral Handbook

Graduate Tuition and Fees


The doctoral program in Educational Leadership is offered in a hybrid format, with courses that are conducted face-to-face, online, and a combination of the two. This program is designed for professionals working in school settings, higher education, non-profits, businesses, and military and government settings. Program faculty are committed to the creation and study of environments that promote lifelong learning for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

The program requires 60 hours of coursework, a comprehensive exam, and a dissertation. Students have the option of a licensure or non-licensure pathway. There are 39 hours of core courses, 9 hours of electives, and 12 hours of dissertation research. The program is designed for working professionals attending school part-time to complete the program within three years. All of the courses are offered either in the evening, online, or on Saturdays to accommodate working professionals.

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership aims to enhance the knowledge and competencies of leaders so they may provide optimal conditions for the education of youth and adult learners. The program is designed to enhance intellectual understanding of leadership theory and policy, deepen leadership capacity, and position students for elevated organizational responsibility. The objectives of the program are to prepare leaders who 1) are inquiring, reflective practitioners; 2) are competent in identifying and solving complex problems; 3) understand the multitude of leadership and organizational theories and techniques related to their professional settings; 4) value, encourage, and facilitate the professional development of self and others in their organization; 5) value, understand, and support diversity in their organizations; 6) make contributions to the profession; and 7) make data-driven decisions.


Criteria for admission into the doctoral program in Educational Leadership are as follows:

1. Evidence of an earned Master’s Degree in any field from an accredited institution;

2. Official transcripts of graduate degrees* with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 for Master’s Degree courses and, if applicable, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all Educational Specialist Degree courses;

3. Official scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination;

4. Interview with the doctoral admissions committee; and

5. An on-demand essay written during the interview process.

*Conferred degrees must be from nationally/regionally accredited institutions.

All students applying for admission to the College of Graduate Studies must request official transcripts sent directly to Graduate Admissions from the degree granting institution(s). Test scores must also be sent directly to Graduate Admissions from the testing agency. Students who are seeking beginning administrator licensure must submit an admission portfolio with the following additional components:

a. Three letters of support from current or former employer describing the applicant’s potential as a leader;

b. Past job performance evaluations;

c. Personal philosophy of education;

d. A leadership assessment;

e. Valid professional teaching certificate;

f. Successful teaching experience for a minimum of three years prior to taking the initial licensure class; and

g. An alternative interview (to #4 above) with a team consisting of members of the doctoral faculty and members of the community with knowledge of and/or experience in educational leadership.

Applicants may petition the program coordinator for permission to transfer credits from a nationally/regionally accredited institution to be applied toward their graduation requirements; however, students must complete a minimum of one-third of the total program hours at APSU. 


Degree:          Ed.D. – Doctor of Education

Major:            Educational Leadership


Fall (6 hours)

EDUC 7000: Theories of Leadership (3 hours)

EDUC 7002: Technology Applications for Educational Leaders (3 hours)

Spring (6 hours)

EDUC 7050: Qualitative Research (3 hours)

EDUC 7030: Educational Statistics I (3 hours)

Summer (9 hours)

EDUC 7012: Social, Political, and Legal Issues (3 hours)

EDUC 7004: Organizational Development (3 hours)

EDUC 7011: Educational Policy (3 hours)

Fall (6 hours)

EDUC 7031: Educational Statistics II (3 hours)

EDUC 7001: Theories of Educational Leadership (3 hours)

Spring (6 hours)

EDUC 8006: Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hours)

EDUC 8050: Quantitative Research (3 hours)

Summer (9 hours)

EDUC 8003: Team-Building and Group Dynamics (3 hours)

EDUC 8005: Strategic Planning and Decision Making (3 hours)

Elective (3 hours)

Fall (6 hours)

EDUC 8013: Dissertation I (6 hours)

Spring (6 hours)

EDUC 8014: Dissertation II (6 hours)

Summer (6 hours)

Electives (6 hours)