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Educational Leadership

Doctorate of Education (EdD)
Offered By: College of Education & Behavioral Science
Graduate School


The Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership provides the highest professional degree available in the field of education to students who aspire to administrative careers in either elementary, secondary, or collegiate levels. Although the degree requirements include a prescribed curriculum of required and elective courses, the doctoral degree is not awarded only on the basis of coursework completion.

Following successful completion of the comprehensive examinations, doctoral students conduct a major research project resulting in the presentation and defense of the doctoral dissertation. This phase of the doctoral degree provides students with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate possession of skill in intellectual problem solving.

Program of Study

Cohort 21
Cohort 22

Note:  Applicants must apply online to the ASU Graduate School AND submit an EdD Application  (See other required documents below under "Admission Process")

  • Admission Process


    Admission to the doctoral program is predicated on the following criteria: (1) academic ability; (2) scholarship; and, (3) professional promise. Use of these criteria provides both our department and the applicant with an indication of probable success in the program. In addition, the applicant must hold an earned master’s degree.


    • A completed EdD application form sent to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, PO Box 1270, State University, AR, 72467.
    • A completed online application to the ASU Graduate School.  You will be prompted to pay the $50.00 nonrefundable application fee with a debit or credit card while completing the online application.
    • One set of official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed, mailed directly to: ASU Graduate Admissions, P O Box 1570, State University, AR 72467
    • Official report of scores for the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination.
    • Letters of appraisal and recommendation to be mailed to ASU Graduate Admissions from four persons: a supervisor, a colleague, and two college professors, qualified to speak with authority of the applicant’s perceived strengths and weaknesses as a candidate for the doctoral program.
    • Submission of a writing sample such as a master’s thesis, research paper, journal article, term paper, or field study.
    • Personal statement describing your career goals and aspirations.
    • Interview with the Center Committee on Admissions.
  • Why Should You Apply To Our Graduate Program?
    • Students are introduced to the dissertation process the first semester they are enrolled. The cohort model builds a support group among the students which attributes to the high completion rate.
    • The program focuses on leadership.  The cohorts consist of students who work at all levels of the public schools, community colleges and higher education.  Some enrolled students are in leadership positions in business and industry.
    • Our program is based on a closed cohort model.  Students in the cohort take all the courses together. Our graduation rate is approximately 80%.  Most doctoral programs graduate at the 50% rate.