Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Through the Dennis P. McCabe Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, you’ll graduate from Tarleton as a scholar-practitioner leader. You will be well-equipped to apply theory, professional knowledge and practice in transforming educational organizations, guiding change and addressing problems of practice through scholarship and systematic methodologies.

Designed to meet the schedules of full-time professionals, our three-year, cohort EdD degree program for all levels of education offers a relevant, approachable and affordable education doctorate with online components. Through theory and practice, we prepare you to improve education by engaging multiple and diverse perspectives and building leadership capacity in yourself and others.

Choose from four concentrations:

You can also earn a Superintendent Certification or Principal Certification to enhance your credentials and further specialize your education doctorate.

What is Educational Leadership?

At Tarleton, our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD) program prepares educational professionals for collaborative leadership in an ever advancing and rapidly changing field. This is a clear pathway in how to become a school district superintendent, higher education leader or other educational administrator.

We focus on the scholar-practitioner, who combines professional knowledge and skills with practical wisdom to solve problems of practice. Problems of practice are recurring, specific issues in a certain context of a professional practitioner’s work. Scholar-practitioners use practical research and applied theories as tools for change to potentially improve understanding, experience and outcomes.

What Can You Do With Your Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership?

The leadership and critical-thinking skills you’ll gain through our Doctor of Education leadership degree program are relevant, applicable and necessary to improve educational organizations now and in the future. For many of our graduate students, this path is how to become a school district superintendent, higher education leader or administrator in education.


Estimated Completion

63 Credit Hours (3 years)

Application Process

  1. Submit online application
  2. Submit required program application materials
  3. Complete an interview and writing assessment

Upcoming Cohort

Priority Deadline: November 1

Regular Deadline: April 1


Locations Available


Working for schools, independent school districts, county colleges, public universities, regional or state organizations and more, our graduates take on a variety of educational leadership roles, from curriculum coordinator and executive director to superintendent and higher education administrator.

What Classes Will You Take as an Educational Leadership Graduate Student?

The doctoral dissertation in practice is embedded in the curriculum and involves an in-depth study that impacts a complex problem of practice. Other course topics include the scholar-practitioner leader, investigating problems of practice in educational leadership and educational equity and identity.

View all required classes for the educational leadership doctoral degree.


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What Post-Master’s Degrees are Related to Educational Leadership?

Learn more about graduate studies at Tarleton!