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Educational Leadership, EdD (60 hours)

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership enhances the leadership capabilities of professionals in leadership roles in schools, education districts, community colleges, or universities. The EdD is a scholar practitioner model offering two tracks: Education Leadership Specialization, or an Open specialization, allowing students to tailor the program to support individual professional development goals.

To help accommodate the schedules of working professionals, courses are held evenings, Saturdays, and online.

The Educational Leadership program at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. The program identifies itself as committed to "Engaging the culture; elevating disciplined inquiry." This aligns with the commitment of CPED to the doctorate in education (Ed.D.).


Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

The common core of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership includes: leadership theory, personal leadership skills, the dynamics of organizational change, the socio-political environments of education, instructional theory and research, education foundations, curriculum theory, data analysis, research strategies, and techniques.

Whether students choose the Educational Leadership Specialization or Open Specialization, the program's concentrations permit the acquisition of knowledge tailored uniquely to particular career aspirations.

Doctorate in Educational Leadership National Standards Matrices (pdf)

Dissertation Requirements (pdf)

Educational Leadership Program Handbook (pdf)

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Application Deadlines

Domestic/International Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

FallSpring Summer I Summer II 
June 1October 1February 1Not Offered

Domestic/International Students:

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

FallSpring Summer I Summer II 
June 15October 15February 15Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application Requirements

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work indicating completion of a master's degree in a relevant field taken at any accredited college or University attended  (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • A graduate GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Official MAT or GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay (Approximately 300-400 words in length which includes information about their reasons for pursuing graduate study and for choosing this specific graduate program)
  • Four letters of recommendation submitted using the Educational Leadership Reference Form
  • Summary of Supporting Information

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Degree Plan: Educational Leadership Cognate

Printable degree plan

Educational Leadership Cognate (xlsx)

Core (18 semester credit hours)

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Educational Leadership Cognate Area (18 semester credit hours)

You may choose from any of the following subject areas or combination of subject areas. Actual courses will depend on the subject area(s) you choose, limited to the ones listed: Principalship; Superintendency; General Educational Leadership & Administration; Administration of Special Education; Adult and Continuing Education Administration; Higher Education; Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision; Community College Administration; Urban Education Leadership

Elective Courses (6 semester credit hours)

Elective courses are to be taken in graduate coursework of your choosing. Actual courses will depend on the subject area(s) you choose.

Research Tools (15 semester credit hours)

3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
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3 credits

Dissertation (3 semester credit hours)

Degree Plan: Open Specialization

Printable degree plan

Open Specialization (xlsx)

Core (18 semester credit hours)

3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
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3 credits

Open Specialization Area (15 semester credit hours)

Bilingual & Multilingual Education; Curriculum & Instruction; Educational Instructional Media Design; Educational Evaluation & Research; International & Comparative Education; Educational Psychology; Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education; Kinesiology; Teacher Education; Public Administration; other approved areas.

Elective Courses (9 semester credit hours)

Elective courses must be taken in approved educational leadership course work. Actual courses will depend on the subject area(s) you choose, such as the ones listed below:

Principalship; Superintendency; General Educational Leadership & Administration; Administration of Special Education; Adult and Continuing Education Administration; Higher Education; Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision; Community College Administration; Urban Education Leadership

Research Tools (15 semester credit hours)

3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits

Dissertation (3 semester credit hours)

This is the first in a multi-part series. To view the other posts, visit the links below.


The concept of Scholar-Practitioner-Leader (SPL) is one which embodies a sort of leadership alchemy. This alchemy combines knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities and, more often than not, leads to greater personal effectiveness. It also contributes to a greater effectiveness within the organizations, communities or schools, or an integration of these groups – also referred to as a community of practice – which this type of individual serves.

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

The Scholar, Practitioner, Leader ModelSM (SPL) is the educational framework used by the School of Advanced Studies as part of its doctoral programs. However, this framework does not stop upon completion of a student’s degree.

As noted on the University of Phoenix program website, “This innovative and dynamic model focuses on supporting lifelong learning (scholarship), social and workplace contribution (practice), and the ability to exert positive influence (leadership) on the scholar/practitioner/leader at the intersections of their academic, professional and personal lives.” This integral approach incorporates the concepts of scholarship, practice, and leadership as practitioners seek to solve immediate and local problems and make a positive impact for the organizations, schools, and communities they serve.

By this definition, the scholar/practitioner/leader is able to connect theory, learning, and practice in the individual’s field. Separately, a scholar, a practitioner, and a leader can accomplish many things, but in combination, the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Defining the Scholar-Practitioner-Leader

The SPL possesses the personal qualities and practices that enhance the ability to build effective relationships and thus personal and professional networks. This ability to socialize their experience and research findings ensures the widest possible reach of their work, and ultimately increases its meaningful impact.

From the perspective of the SPL, leadership is more art than science. As an art, leadership is seen as an idea that would advance the potential and possibilities of the community of practice. This adventure of ideas is the playground for our SPL. It leads to an informed and practical response for addressing the immediate problems and opportunities apparent to the community of practice. The SPL understands that a recipe of knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities will determine how we go about solving problems or responding to opportunities. Successful efforts will ultimately advance the organization, school, and/or the community.

In theory, leadership is a simple concept. In practice, leadership is messy.  The SPL manages this complexity by forging a common purpose, objective, or vision aimed at solving the problem or seizing the opportunity at hand, and building relationships around these ever-emerging problems and opportunities. Addressing the complex and often irrational nature of human beings requires a level of emotional agility few are able to master, and there are no shortcuts to acquiring it. Success is all about consistent practice and grit, and that practice is something our SPL embraces with dedication.

SPLs act as transformative and enlivening forces within these sustainable systems and themselves transform from a thought-leader to a producer of change. The SPL mixes his or her knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities to create a regenerating flywheel of ideas, solutions, and support.

In upcoming posts, we will explore what it means to be a Scholar-Practitioner-Leader in several contexts, and further define the model as it applies to the School of Advanced Studies and University of Phoenix research. Check back in the coming weeks for more in this series.