Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Student shaking hands with Chancellor Emile “Mel" Netzhammer

Department of Educational Leadership, Sports Studies and Educational/Counseling Psychology

WSU Vancouver offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, with advisors and courses on all of WSU’s four campuses. The theme of this cohort-based program is Leadership in Education.

The primary objective of the Ed.D. program is to prepare practitioner-scholars for leadership in education at the local, state, national and international levels. This objective is carried out through a combination of coursework, field experiences and inquiry opportunities. The ultimate goal is to prepare educational leaders who work together toward the goals of educational and institutional improvement and social justice.

Content is both practical and scholarly. It includes issues important to practicing school leaders and scholarship that can help analyze and address these issues. The program is aligned with certification programs, so that students who have completed the Superintendent program can apply all credits toward the Ed.D. program.

The program requires 72 semester credits. It is designed as a four-year program, although students may take up to 10 years to complete the degree.

Program features

The Ed.D. program has several unique features designed to serve the needs of education professionals throughout the state:

  • Program delivery: Participants can access courses and work with advisors on any WSU campus.
  • Summer Inquiry institutes: Participants from around the state attend two 2-week summer institutes on the Pullman campus. These institutes help build a learning community and support network among the WSU cohort.

Application process

The first step is to complete a Graduate School Application online. For the departmental application and details about application materials and admission requirements, contact Dan Overbay at 360-546-9673 or

You can find admission requirements, degree requirements, courses and a list of Frequently Asked Questions in the Ed.D. Handbook (PDF).

The priority application deadline is January 10 for for fall cohort admission. Late applications will be accepted for consideration on a space-available basis until March 15.