Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

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The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership prepares practitioner-scholars for leadership in education at the local, state, and national levels. Program content is both practical and scholarly; it blends issues important to practicing educational leaders with scholarship that can help analyze and address these issues. Program faculty are highly experienced school professionals and nationally recognized academic scholars who contribute to the central purpose of the program: preparing practitioner-scholars for effective and meaningful leadership.

State-wide program delivery

Courses originate on one of the WSU campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver) and are available to students at all other WSU campuses (including Everett) via WSU’s videoconferencing system. Some courses may be taught using a hybrid model or augmented through on-line and/or alternative forms of videoconferencing. Attending classes at a non-WSU site (such as a school district office that uses the K-20 or Polycom system) might be possible for students who live 50+ miles from a WSU campus. Further details can be found in the application packet (PDF) or program handbook (PDF).

Program requirements, schedule and time to completion

The program requires a minimum of 72 semester credits which includes 42 credits of graded coursework (14 classes) (.docx). Upon completion of graded coursework, students must successfully pass a Preliminary Exam before advancing to candidacy for the Ed.D. degree. The exam is designed to assess knowledge the student has gained while completing coursework, and it is a measure for determining whether the student is adequately prepared to complete the dissertation. More information about program milestones can be found in the program handbook (PDF).

The program is designed as a part-time program for working professionals. During the school year, courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening. In order to build a learning community and support network among the cohort, students traditionally travel from around the state to the WSU Pullman campus for a two-week Summer Institute in mid-July.

Students enrolled in two classes each semester will finish the coursework portion of their program in two and a half years. Students making continual progress could complete the degree in four years, though it is common for students balancing educational, professional, and personal demands to finish in four to five years. The maximum time to complete is 10 years.

Application and admission

The Ed.D. program is based on a cohort model, with new cohorts beginning once each year in August. The priority application deadline is January 10, and late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis through March 15. Students are encouraged to contact an Academic Coordinator to verify deadlines before submitting an application.

Students must apply to the WSU Graduate School and submit a departmental application (PDF). GRE scores are not required. Please note that the Ed.D. program does not offer teaching or research assistantships.

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