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2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

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Major Codes: 8389 (K-12) and 8390 (Higher Education)
CIP Code: (130401-01)

This doctoral program is a collaborative program offered jointly by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana University. Students are expected to concentrate their work in several areas including educational leadership (management and instructional), educational research, and a specialty area.

The K-12 concentration is designed to produce educational leaders with the knowledge and skills to enhance the leadership capacity in K-12 school systems, as well as state and federal educational departments. The concentration is not designed to lead towards initial Administrative Certification for the State of Louisiana. Students who do not have a master's degree in school administration or the equivalent, may be required to complete three to nine hours of coursework in educational administration.

The higher education concentration is offered to individuals interested in leadership positions in higher education. Students are expected to specialize their work in areas of leadership, policy, management, and educational research. The concentration is designed to produce educational leaders with the knowledge and skills to enhance the leadership capacity in higher education. The concentration is offered in an Executive Format with Friday evening and Saturday face-to-face classes four times each semester supported by online activities. In addition, special leadership seminars are offered each intersession. Students are required to have a master's degree prior to entering the higher education concentration.


For regular admission, a student must submit evidence of readiness for the program including evidence of an overall 3.0 grade-point average in prior undergraduate studies, a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination, a completed application form, official transcripts from all colleges attended, a master's degree from an accredited university, a 3.25 grade-point average in prior graduate studies, a professional resume, a formal letter of application addressing the questions: (a) What is your purpose for joining the doctoral program? (b) What are your career goals both short and long term? (c) How do you believe the doctoral program will help you in the performance of your professional duties and responsibilities? (d) What specific qualities and characteristics do you bring to the doctoral program? (e) How would your personal and professional environments be supportive in your quest for the doctoral degree?; three letters of recommendation including one letter from a university professor who can attest to the candidate's ability to successfully complete the program; for applicants whose native language is not English, an acceptable score on the English proficiency examination (TOEFL); verification of at least three years of appropriate professional experience; satisfactory standing in the last institution attended.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistant positions are available for qualified students. A student must be in regular admission status and schedule nine (9) or more hours applicable to the degree to be eligible. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Degree Requirements


A graduate level course in statistics or its equivalent is required before taking EDLD 802 Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership .

General Requirements

To earn the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, the student must complete 60+ hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, organized as listed below. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership provides an opportunity for the student to specialize in a content area with the approval of the faculty advisor and program coordinator. The student must complete all requirements within six calendar years beginning with the first semester after successfully defending the qualifying paper.

Curriculum, K-12 Concentration

Specialization Coursework

6-9 Credit Hours:

The student will complete 6-9 semester credit hours in a specialization area. The specialization area and the courses within the specialization area must be agreed to by the student, the Faculty Advisor, the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program, and the Dean of the Graduate School. The student is responsible for scheduling the courses in the specialization area. Specialization areas include, but are not limited to, Educational Technology, Administration of Exceptionalities, Educational Leadership & Management, Instructional Leadership, Business, Communications, and Law.

Doctoral Dissertation Seminars

6+ Credit Hours

Curriculum, Higher Education Concentration

Leadership Specialization Coursework in Leadership Seminars (9 credit hours)

The student will complete 9 credit hours in Leadership Seminars offered during various intercessions. The Leadership Seminars will be designed to address current issues in higher education.

Doctoral Dissertation Seminars

6+ Credit Hours:

Qualifying Paper

A qualifying paper consisting of a comprehensive review of the literature on a topic selected is required in place of the traditional comprehensive examination. The student must successfully defend a qualifying paper to be admitted to candidacy.

Dissertation Director and Committee

After successful completion of the qualifying paper, the student shall select a Dissertation Chair willing to serve on behalf of the student and the Department. In consultation with said Dissertation Chair, a Dissertation Committee must be constituted of at least three members of the Graduate Faculty, with at least one member from the collaborating university (Southeastern Louisiana University). The Dissertation Committee must be headed by a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department or an approved other member of the Graduate Faculty.

Dissertation Proposal

The student must present and defend at a public hearing a dissertation proposal acceptable to the Dissertation Committee and the Graduate Faculty of the department. After acceptance of a dissertation proposal, the student must remain continuously enrolled for dissertation credit (excluding summers) until the dissertation is accepted.

Dissertation Defense

After the dissertation is completed to the satisfaction of the Dissertation Chair, it is to be presented in its completed form to the other members of the Dissertation Committee (including the external reviewer).

Final Submission

After the student has completed the oral defense of the dissertation, the student must file such copies as the Department and/or Graduate School may require (including electronic versions) and must submit the Abstract of the work in an acceptable form for publication in Dissertation Abstracts.

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