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Estimated Completion

63 credit hours (3 years)

Application Process

  1. Submit general application through ApplyTexas
  2. Submit required program application materials
  3. Complete an interview and writing assessment

Summer 2020 Cohort
Priority Deadline: November 1
Regular Deadline: April 1


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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership


This program is designed to expand your knowledge through high-quality research and applied scholarship. The coursework consists of 63 credit hours (including dissertation). You will have the opportunity to specialize in one of two cognate areas:

  • EC-12 Leadership 
  • Higher Education Leadership

Student Focused

In this program you will study alongside other educational professionals in a cohort model. Research shows that students who engage in cohort-based doctoral programs complete their doctorate degrees at higher rates than individualized programs.

The Ed.D. program is specifically formatted to fit the busy schedule of full-time professionals. Courses are delivered in a flexible format of online and face-to-face class meetings offered on select weeknights and Saturdays. This format provides students with the flexibility to work when and where it is most convenient for them, all while maintaining constant interaction that can be crucial to networking opportunities. Tarleton's Ed.D. in Educational Leadership also offers students the opportunity to receive one of two certifications in order to expand their credentials:


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Carnegie Project

Tarleton is one of 22 new schools accepted into the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), making it one of only eight Texas colleges invited to join. CPED works to strengthen and improve education doctoral programs worldwide in order to better equip professional practitioners to meet current educational challenges.

Plan Your Future

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Career Opportunities

An Ed.D. in Educational Leadership opens doors to great career opportunities, such as leadership positions in:

  • Schools
  • Districts
  • Regional and Statewide Organizations
  • Higher Education
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Real Experience

Our students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through several avenues, such as:

  • A trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the DC Institute
  • Study Abroad opportunities
  • Conducting research alongside faculty members
  • Presenting research findings at major conferences
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Professional Networking

Our Ed.D. program is cohort-based, which provides students with both networking and professional development opportunities that can transfer directly into careers. Ninety-eight percent of our Ed.D. students are employed in full-time positions within three months of completing our program. 

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Student Outcomes
Program Outcomes
Dr. Mary Elliott, Lecturer in Family and Consumer Sciences at Baylor University, sits at her desk smiling.
Thanks to Tarleton's cohort program, I now have 26 professional and personal friendships that will last a lifetime. We encouraged each other through the entire three-year degree program, shared ideas, exchanged lecture notes - even cried and laughed together - and applauded profusely as members crossed the stage to receive their diploma.

Mary Elliott, Ed.D.

Coursework Outline

Leadership Foundation, Inquiry & Dissertation - 48 Hours

Specialization Area

Students have two areas of specialization from which to choose in addition to core courses: 

Higher Education Leadership Concentration: 15 Hours
E-C 12 Leadership Concentration: 15 Hours

Facilities and Features

Tarleton Building

Texas Center for Educational Facilities

Initiated in 2008, Tarleton State University formed a unique business partnership with a local architectural firm to create the Tarleton Research Laboratory on Educational Facilities (TRLEF). The primary goal of TRLEF is to provide evidence-based research to public schools regarding the impact of facility design on student learning capacities. In 2010, TRLEF was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Education to develop The American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF). In 2011, TRLEF was renamed the Texas Center for Educational Facilities by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and continues to provide information, training, and technical assistance to public schools.

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Effective Schools Project

Originally initiated in 1988, Tarleton State University's Effective Schools Project (ESP) has since evolved into one of the nation's largest school-improvement endeavors. With effective schools research as its foundation, ESP is an education improvement network linking our faculty with campus leadership teams in over 50 Texas schools. Since its inception, ESP has partnered with 216 different public schools and Education Service Centers to provide professional development opportunities for educators.

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CTSD Council

The Cross Timbers School Development Council is a non-profit organization designed to serve the needs of its member schools. The CTSD Council serves as a forum for administrators to discuss ideas and has been serving school districts across the region for over 25 years. The CTSD Council hosts two major conferences each year:

  • The Fall Conference is sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Schools, and focuses on current issues involving administrators and school districts.
  • The Spring Conference is sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards and provide various trainings for school board members in affiliated districts. Activities of the CTSD Council are guided by a six-member Board of Directors and coordinated by Dr. Mark Weber.