Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Texas Tech University's Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare key leaders in school districts and college or university faculty. The program's primary focus is the preparation of leaders who are reflective professionals developing a vision and acquiring skills to reform, renew, and improve schools and school systems that cultivate democratic learning communities that value social justice and equity.

Program Overview

The Program is designed to prepare executive school leaders who can identify and implement research-based solutions to high-leverage problems of practice within a PreK-12 school district context. In a three-year sequence of defined courses concluding with a problem of practice dissertation, participants will deepen their abilities to lead instructional change, identify problems of practice, and implement interventions in their local educational organizations to improve student achievement.

  • 96-99 credit hours
  • Coursework is completed using online instructional methods.
  • Cohort students follow a predetermined schedule of courses.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University.

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.

1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School as a master's student. When asked to select a major, be sure to choose the degree entry that corresponds to your area of interest, followed by the word online.

  • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
  • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
  • Applicants must have unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School at If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official transcripts.
  • The admissions process is viewed holistically by the College of Education and the Graduate School, so there is no stated minimum GRE or GPA requirement.
  • All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. A list of acceptable exams can be found on the Graduate School International Prospective Student webpage. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

2. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education.

  • Apply through the College of Education.

3. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships and College of Education Graduate Scholarships.

  • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid.

4. Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.

  • The Graduate School and the College of Education will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.
  • If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.

Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12 credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.

Program Requirements

A. Core Curriculum (24 semester hours)

  • College of Education Foundation Core (9 semester hours)
  • Research and Statistics Core (15 semester hours)

B. Major (42 semester hours)

  • General Core (21 semester hours)
  • Advanced Core (21 semester hours)
  • Dissertation Hours (12 semester hours)

C. Minor or related fields (15 semester hours)

In addition to the core requirement, the Doctor of Education degree program allows a minimum of 15 semester hours in a minor or related field. The doctoral student is allowed to have a selection of courses that permits him or her to have more flexibility in their major area of emphasis. If there is no minor or related field, 15 semester hours are added to the major.

A minor focuses on courses in a clearly defined area of study. Related fields focus on courses from several areas of study. If a student wants to include a minor in the doctoral degree plan, there must be a representative from the minor area of study on the doctoral advisory committee, and the qualifying exam must include a focus on the minor area of study. If a student selects related fields courses, there does not have to be a representative from the related fields on the doctoral advisory committee. Including a focus in the related fields on the qualifying exam is optional.

D. Doctoral Dissertation (12 semester hours)

A student must enroll in Doctor of Education 8000 to take dissertation hours during the development of the student's dissertation proposal and the dissertation.

Degrees Offered

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - Applications can be from mid-summer through October 1 of the calendar year for a spring cohort.

Career Opportunities With This Program

While traditional programs have been deemed to be preparation for central office leadership and the superintendent's role, the focus of the Educational Leadership Ed.D. program is to enhance and add value to leadership at both the campus and district organizations to positively impact student learning in PreK-12 classrooms. The program includes superintendent professional certification preparation as part of its integrated curriculum design.

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Last updated May 31, 2018
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