Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership

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

As a concentration in the larger Ed.D. program, the teacher leadership doctorate prepares K-16 teachers and practitioners for intellectual and practical leadership within classrooms, schools, districts, communities, teaching and/or community colleges, agencies and the larger policy arena.

Students can access courses on one of four home campuses during the academic year. To develop collaborative opportunities across the cohort, all students participate in a two-week summer institute on the Pullman campus. This combination of face-to-face and distance delivery models offers an opportunity for educators to develop support systems with peers and faculty throughout the state.

The teacher leadership strand provides a common framework from which to examine past and current practices. Students take courses on inquiry into teaching and adult learning. They also select at least three additional courses that provided a current understanding of content knowledge from existing Ph.D. programs within the following areas: cultural/curriculum studies, English as a Second Language, math and science education, and/or special education.

Throughout the program, the emphasis is on helping working professionals develop an inquiry stance toward the problems of and possibilities for education in their own settings, and to pursue inquiry through collaboration and leadership.

Ultimately, the program prepares teacher leaders who learn the educational tools, communication tools, and cultural awareness to engage in and promote change and praxis within a rapidly changing educational and social landscape.

Application process

Acceptance into the doctoral program partially depends on the availability of space at the WSU campus that receives your application. Applications will be reviewed by faculty members from each WSU campus.

Candidates must complete a Graduate School application online and submit a supplemental application. For the departmental application and details about admission requirements, contact Dan Overbay at 360-546-9673 or

Applications for each summer start cohort must be submitted by January 10. Late applications will be accepted for consideration on a space-available basis.

The program requires a minimum of 72 semester credit hours, including 42 graded credits, 20 ungraded research credits and 10 credits of graded or ungraded course work.

EdD Teacher Leadership Fact Sheet (PDF)