The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership-Pre K-12


Major Educational Leadership
Degree Doctor of Education (Ed.D)
Concentration Pre K-12 Administration and Supervision


Admission to the program requires the applicant to have a master’s or specialist degree from an accredited university, a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better on a 4.0 scale on the last graduate degree, three (3) letters of recommendation, and acceptable score on an interview, an acceptable score on a writing sample, and three years of appropriate work experience.

The admissions committee will utilize a multitiered holistic applicant review process in making the admission decision. The criteria listed above will be evaluated to determine the applicant’s overall potential for success in the program. All criteria are weighted equally, and no one criteria will keep a student out of the program.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the admissions criteria may submit a letter of appeal. The applicant may submit an appeal request form and must include the following: (a) an acceptable work record (resume or curriculum vita), three written letters of recommendation indicating probable success in the program, and completion of the appeals request form to be considered as a conditional student. The appeal’s form will be submitted to the Department Chair. The department chair will provide a recommendation for approval. The Dean will make the final decision.

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by the deadlines below.

This date applies to on campus sites, off campus sites, and online.

Ed.D. PreK-12 Administration and Supervision and Higher Education L eadership Program:

All applicants must submit an application for admissions and the previously mentioned requirements to the Graduate School Office by February 1st  for admissions in the Fall semester.

Admission Deadlines (Ed.D.)

Fall  Admission

  February 1st


Program of Study

Major Field Core (12 Semester hours)

EDAD 6000

Statistics (Prerequisite for EDAD 7180)                         

EDAD 7040

Leadership and Interpersonal Relationships                   

EDAD 7120

Advanced Methods of Educational Research                  

EDAD 7180

Statistical Analysis in Ed Leadership II                          


Concentration (36 Semester Hours)

EDCI  6300

Multicultural Education                                                 

EDCI   7000

Foundations of Education                                             

EDCI   7450

Learning Theories for Educators                                   

EDAD 7010

Theory and Principles of Educational Administration        

EDAD 7070

Planning For Educational Change                      

EDAD 7150

Advanced Legal Problems                                

EDAD 7090

Seminar in Admin./Supervision                         

EDAD 7000

Interdepartmental Doctoral Seminar        

EDAD 7030

Qualitative-Naturalistic and Survey Research 

Choose one of the following three courses (3 hours)

EDAD 7020

Policy Implementation in Educational Administration       

EDAD 7060

Administration of Institutional Programs and Materials

EDAD 7200

Human Resource Administration          

Choose two of the following courses (6 hours)

EDAD 7050

Professional Negotiations                                             

EDAD 7280

Financial Mgmt. and Administration                   

EDAD 7300

Communication for School Executives       

Electives (6 Semester Hours)





(NOTE:  Consultation with your advisor is required in the selection of electives.)                                                                          

Dissertation (A minimum of 6-15 Semester Hours)

EDAD 8100

Doctoral Dissertation                    

60 credit hours are the minimum required for the Ed.D.

*Please see your advisor before registering for courses. Programs of study may vary dependent upon individual date of admission.


The doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in PreK-12 Administration is designed to offer students the experience of advanced study and research in their field of specialization.  Study at the doctoral level requires a high level of motivation, dedication, and persistence by students who are committed to:  (1) improving their personal and professional goals, and (2) advancing knowledge in their chosen field of study through independent and high quality dissertation research.  

The degree requirements consist of the following:

1.         A minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of approved course work beyond the Master’s Degree is required:

2.         Twelve (12) semester hours of general doctoral core;

2.         Thirty-six (36) semester hours of courses within the major core;

3.         Six (6) hours of electives; and

4.         Six to fifteen (6-15) semester hours of credit for the satisfactory completion of the doctoral dissertation.

Also required is the successful completion of a written qualifying and  comprehensive examination and residency of a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours over a period of four (4) semesters.  All courses must be taken in order. Candidates must see their advisor prior to registering each semester.

Grades of “C” or lower cannot count toward the doctoral degree, nor does the grade of “C” or lower meet the eligibility requirements for the Comprehensive Examinations.  Courses with a “C” or lower must be retaken for a higher grade.  Students can only retake a course a maximum of two times. Students not successfully completing a course with a grade of “B” or better after the second attempt may be dismissed from the degree program.

For More Information Contact:  Dr. Carole deCasal, (615) 963-7355,   

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Important Resources

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2021-2023 Graduate School Catalog

2019-2021 Graduate School Catalog

2020-2021 Doctoral Handbook

2019-2020 Doctoral Handbook

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