Doctorate - Educational Leadership - P12 and Higher Education - (Hybrid)

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Doctoral
Total Credit Hours 30 - 36 hours depending upon the chosen program
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Program Description

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership: P-12

Key features include

Enrollment in cohort groups organized to support learning and professional networking Instruction in the Tier II portion of the program is 75% online and 25% on-campus (main campus in Statesboro, GA) Curriculum stresses practical knowledge and skills for preparing scholar-practitioners to become transformational leaders Overview of Program

The Doctor of Education Degree program in Educational Leadership is designed to enhance the experienced school administrator’s leadership skills through: (1) advanced preparation that strengthens decision-making, problem-solving, and leadership skills essential to the management of increasingly complex educational organizations, and (2) engagement in guided field research that develops the inquiry skills necessary for effective leadership and management practice. The program uses an inquiry approach that employs problem-solving and research skills applicable to multiple problems and issues. The purpose is to generate an inquiry orientation so that participants will learn to solve problems from broad perspectives. Participants identify, diagnose, and define problems, analyze their component parts contextually and systematically, and develop solutions that are immediately applicable and that deal with underlying issues. Experiences over the course of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership become candidate-led, field-based investigations of educational problems and potential solutions.

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership provides two strand options:

P-12 Administration – Candidates entering the Ed.D. program with a Master’s degree and L-5 certification enter at Tier 1 which consists of 36 semester hours at the Ed.S. level, but this coursework does not lead to an Ed.S. degree or L-6 certification. The Ed.S. degree program and subsequent L-6 certification is a separate degree program. Candidates entering the Ed.D. program with an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, or a related field, and L-6 certification may apply courses accumulated in that Ed.S. program to the Tier I requirements. Tier II consists of 30 hours of core content in Educational Leadership. Tier III consists of 9 hours of writing the dissertation.

Higher Education Administration or Teacher Leadership – Persons pursuing Higher Education Administration or Teacher Leadership strands need not have leadership certification to be eligible for consideration for entry into the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership.

Admissions Information

The admission process has two phases. Applicants must be accepted for admission by both the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies and the Educational Leadership EDLD Program at Georgia Southern University. Application to or acceptance in the College of Graduate Studies in any other program does not guarantee admission to the Program of Educational Leadership. Applicants who wish to pursue advanced professional preparation in Educational Leadership with a view to becoming a candidate for the Ed.D. degree will be expected to file a formal application and present themselves to the faculty to meet program requirements. When applying for admission, applicants must indicate whether they are applying for the cohort for specialization in Higher Education Leadership or the cohort for specialization in P-12 Educational Leadership. Recommendations on admission will be made by program faculty only after screening procedures have been completed. Admission will be upon the recommendation of the EDLD program faculty and the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

The first phase of admission to the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership requires the applicant’s satisfaction of the following standards:

Complete all College of Graduate Studies admission requirements. Hold a Master’s degree at minimum from an institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency. Present a minimum grade point average of 3.50 (4.0 scale) in previous graduate work. Present current official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) on Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Submit a brief resume that highlights the personal and professional achievements of the applicant. Submit a completed "Disclosure and Affirmation Form" that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance. The second phase of the admission process will require adherence to the following procedures:

Applicant credentials are rated by EDLD faculty. These faculty, meeting as a committee of the whole, will use these ratings to assemble a list of top candidates for interviews. Applicants will be invited to interview with EDLD faculty and produce a writing sample. The Higher Education and P-12 EDLD cohorts may be combined based on the number of students admitted in each area. Enrollment The Ed.D. degree presupposes a minimum of five semesters of prescribed continuous study beyond satisfaction of Tier I requirements which cannot be secured through summer study alone. A minimum of 9 credits of Dissertation (EDLD 9999) is required beyond other coursework. Full-time residency (defined as continuous enrollment) is required throughout the program.

Time Limit All course requirements for the Ed.D. degree, except the dissertation, must be completed within a period of three years. This time requirement begins with the first registration for Tier II on the student’s approved program of doctoral study. In addition, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree who fails to complete all degree requirements within five years after passing the qualifying examinations will be withdrawn from the program. When extenuating circumstances exist, students may apply for an extension of the time requirement. If an extension is granted, degree requirements must be completed that are consistent with the conditions and terms specified in the time extension notification.

Grade Average A student must maintain at least a 3.50 GPA on all graduate courses taken and on all courses on the Program of Study.

Qualifying Examinations A student must pass formal, comprehensive written and/or oral examinations before being admitted to candidacy for the degree. These examinations will be administered in accordance with policies in effect in the College of Graduate Studies and the candidate’s department. The results of the examination(s) will be reported to the College of Graduate Studies. If a student fails the qualifying examination for a second time, he/she will be removed from the program.

Admission to Degree Candidacy The student, in conjunction with his or her Dissertation Committee, is responsible for initiating an application for admission to degree candidacy so that it is filed with the College of Graduate Studies at least one semester before the date of graduation. The application for degree candidacy is a certification by the student’s program that the student has shown the ability to do acceptable graduate work in the chosen field of study and that:

all prerequisites set as a condition for candidacy have been met; all inquiry/research skill requirements have been met; the Program of Study has been approved by the Dissertation Committee Chair, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies; a grade point average of 3.50 or higher has been maintained on all graduate courses taken and on all completed courses on the Program of Study; no more than one grade of "C" may be placed on the Program of Study; written and/or oral candidacy examinations have been passed and reported to the College of Graduate Studies; and the Dissertation Committee is confirmed and all of its members have been notified of their appointments.