Ed.D. in Education Administration Leadership

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Education Leadership with a concentration in Education Administration (EdAdmin) focuses on the preparation of scholar-practitioners in the field of education administration. The program provides in-depth study of the organization, administration, staffing, funding, and leadership experience at public/private PreK-12 levels of education. Because many prospective students have full-time employment or desire to remain connected to their professional roles, the program is designed and paced to accommodate the schedule of full-time professionals while ensuring steady progress to degree completion. Features of the program include an intellectually challenging curriculum, award-winning faculty members, and applied learning experiences, including a unique internship opportunity in London, England to learn about executive leadership in the UK. Program graduates typically continue to advance in their careers as directors, superintendents, and other related executive level administrative roles.

Program Highlights

  • Work full-time while completing coursework and degree requirements part-time
  • Take hybrid courses that blend face-to-face instruction with online instruction, eliminating the need for students to come to campus for weekly classes
  • Dig deep into issues related to leadership development, law and policy, budgets and finance, organizational theory, leadership theory, and academic culture
  • Receive training in both quantitative and qualitative researcher methods
  • Partner with four full-time professors in research projects and teaching
  • Complete at least one internship and other applied learning experiences
  • Prepare a dissertation involving original, independent research

Program of Study

The Ed.D. Educational Leadership with a concentration in Education Administration requires sixty (60) credits of coursework and successful completion of the comprehensive examination and dissertation requirements. The program of study includes leadership core courses, which provide a foundation in leadership and organizational theory and practice. Other courses in the leadership core help students develop skills and knowledge in research methodology. Additionally, students complete concentration core courses, which prepare students for advanced study of and work in education administration. The curriculum is designed connect theory and practice and help students become more effective scholar-practitioners in postsecondary education institutions.

Leadership Core Courses (24 hours) (Required)

  • EDL 601 Leadership Theory (3)
  • EDL 605 Social Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDL 609 Organizational Development: Structure, Processes, and Practices (3)
  • EDL 641 Applied Research (3)
  • EDL 643 Quantitative Research (3)
  • EDL 644 Qualitative Research (3)
  • EDL 699 Dissertation in Education (6)

Concentration Core Courses (19 hours) (Required)

  • EDL 604 Educational Policy, Governmental Regulation, and School Law (3)
  • EDL/BUS 607 Systemic Resource Management (3)
  • BUS 624 Strategic Planning (3)
  • EDL 621 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
  • EDL 623 Accountability or EDL 642 Program Evaluation (3)
  • Internships (4):

EDL 661: Internship I: Issues Affecting Diverse Rural and Urban Educational Communities(3), and/ or

EDL 663: Business Internship (3), and/or

EDL 664: International Internship (2)

Electives (17 hours) (Required: To be determined with advisor)

  • EDL 606 Technology Leadership for Systemic Improvement (3)
  • EDL 622 Supervision Theories and Application (3)
  • EDL 610 Ethical Leadership and Decision Making (3)
  • EDL 642 Program Evaluation (3)
  • EDL 646  Global Perspectives in Education (3)
  • EDL 611 The Politics of Education: Historical Frameworks (3)
  • EDL 645  Learning Centered Leadership (3)
  • EDL 695  Special Topics in Educational Leadership (3-6)

Program Delivery Format

The program delivery format is hybrid, with a combination of synchronous face-to-face instruction and asynchronous online instruction. During asynchronous online weeks, students are responsible for completing readings, engaging in discussions with peers, and other activities related to course content. Consistent with our commitment to applied and experiential learning, program faculty strive for a high level of social presence during asynchronous online weeks. The program also features a distance education option for students who reside outside of the Wilmington area. These students attend the synchronous face-to-face class sessions using WebEx, a platform that allows them to be part of the classroom experience virtually.

Information for Prospective Students

We accept students from a variety of backgrounds into the program and actively seek to craft a diverse cohort each year. This diversity of experiences and skills gives students the opportunity to learn inside and out of the classroom and to build professional relationships that can last their entire career. Successful program applicants have a master’s degree in student affairs or higher education administration, or a related discipline. Moreover, successful program applicants are able to demonstrate strong academic performance (3.0 GPA minimum) in undergraduate and graduate coursework. Successful program applicants have three or more years of leadership experience in postsecondary education, typically in administrative positions in two- and four-year institutions. However, we also encourage applicants working in the nonprofit sector, policy organizations, and in instructional positions related to postsecondary education. Lastly, successful program applicants are able to explain how a doctoral degree fits in their career trajectory and how the educational and professional experiences have prepared them for a rigorous academic program. For more information about applying for the program, please visit this website: https://uncw.edu/ed/el/edd/admissions.html.

Concentration Core EL Faculty

Program Inquiries

Please direct questions about the program to the Coordinator, Dr. Steven Hooker at hookersd@uncw.edu.