College of Education and Allied Professions

Ed.D. Degree Program in Educational Leadership

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WCU’s Ed.D. Program in Education Leadership is a Carnegie-influenced executive doctoral program that prepares skilled scholar practitioners to lead educational organizations in solving complex problems of practice. Western Carolina University has been selected as a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). CPED is an ongoing effort to rethink and redesign the professional doctorate in education to better serve those who aspire to practice educational leadership.

An Executive Ed.D. for Working Professionals

The Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership at WCU is a rigorous professional doctorate focused on the needs of senior level educational leaders. With concentrations in P-12 and Community College Leadership, the program is designed for working adults. Cohorts progress through the program in hybrid courses that meet one weekend each month, reinforced and extended with regular online assignments and discussions. Fieldwork is embedded in each course, enabling students to apply their skills and knowledge to address authentic problems.

Please see our fact sheet for program highlights, course requirements and submission deadline.

Curriculum

The curriculum requires the completion of 52 credits, 43 of which must be taken at WCU. This will be completed by taking two core courses each semester (including summers) for 6 semesters, nine elective credits in the concentration, and the completion of a supervised disquisition.

Admissions

Cohort size is limited, so admissions are competitive. Applications must be submitted online through the Graduate School's Apply Yourself system. To apply, candidates must submit:

  • Application letter, including short and long-range objectives for completing the EdD
  • Resume highlighting leadership experience
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official transcripts for all graduate work, documenting a GPA of 3.5
  • At least three reference who will complete an online recommendation

In addition, potential candidates for the cohort will be interviewed and asked to complete a writing exercise. Students who want to earn a superintendent's license must complete the requirements for a principal's license prior to applying for the EdD program.

Tuition

Please see current tuition information for students. Additional fees may be assessed for this program.

Ed.D. Program Accreditation

The Ed.D. Program has been accredited and approved by agencies at the state and national level.

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