Educational Leadership, EdD

College of Education and Human Development

College of Education

Educational Leadership, EdD (60 hours)

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership enhances the leadership capabilities of professionals in leadership roles in schools, education districts, community colleges, or universities. The EdD is a scholar practitioner model offering two tracks: Education Leadership Specialization, or an Open specialization, allowing students to tailor the program to support individual professional development goals.

To help accommodate the schedules of working professionals, courses are held evenings, Saturdays, and online.

The Educational Leadership program at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. The program identifies itself as committed to "Engaging the culture; elevating disciplined inquiry." This aligns with the commitment of CPED to the doctorate in education (Ed.D.).

cped member

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
June 1 October 1 February 1 Not Offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
June 15 October 15 February 15 Not Offered

International Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
June 1 October 1 February 1 Not Offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
June 15 October 15 February 15 Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work indicating completion of a master's degree in a relevant field taken at any accredited college or University attended  (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • A graduate GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Official MAT or GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay (Approximately 300-400 words in length which includes information about their reasons for pursuing graduate study and for choosing this specific graduate program)
  • Four letters of recommendation submitted using the Educational Leadership Reference Form
  • Summary of Supporting Information

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Printable degree plan

Educational Leadership Cognate (xlsx)

Core (18 semester credit hours)

EDLD 6303 The Politics of Education 3 credits
EDLD 6311 Contemporary Theories of Educational Leadership 3 credits
EDLD 6312 Clinical Leadership Laboratory 3 credits
EDLD 6313 Policy Development and Decision-Making 3 credits
EDLD 6331 Educational Innovations 3 credits
EDLD 6342 Community Leadership Development 3 credits

Educational Leadership Cognate Area (18 semester credit hours)

You may choose from any of the following subject areas or combination of subject areas. Actual courses will depend on the subject area(s) you choose, limited to the ones listed: Principalship; Superintendency; General Educational Leadership & Administration; Administration of Special Education; Adult and Continuing Education Administration; Higher Education; Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision; Community College Administration; Urban Education Leadership

Elective Courses (6 semester credit hours)

Elective courses are to be taken in graduate coursework of your choosing. Actual courses will depend on the subject area(s) you choose.

Research Tools (15 semester credit hours)

EDLD 6384 Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
EDLD 6333 Applied Statistics 1   3 credits
EDLD 6392 Applied Statistics 2  3 credits
EDLD 6335 Quantitative Research Methods 3 credits
EDLD 6397 Dissertation Research 3 credits

Dissertation (3 semester credit hours)

EDLD  6398 Dissertation 3 credits (minimum)

Printable degree plan

Open Specialization (xlsx)

Core (18 semester credit hours)

EDLD 6303 The Politics of Education 3 credits
EDLD 6311 Contemporary Theories of Educational Leadership 3 credits
EDLD 6312 Clinical Leadership Laboratory 3 credits
EDLD 6313 Policy Development and Decision-Making 3 credits
EDLD 6331 Educational Innovations 3 credits
EDLD 6342 Community Leadership Development 3 credits

Open Specialization Area (15 semester credit hours)

Bilingual & Multilingual Education; Curriculum & Instruction; Educational Instructional Media Design; Educational Evaluation & Research; International & Comparative Education; Educational Psychology; Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education; Kinesiology; Teacher Education; Public Administration; other approved areas.

Elective Courses (9 semester credit hours)

Elective courses must be taken in approved educational leadership course work. Actual courses will depend on the subject area(s) you choose, such as the ones listed below:

Principalship; Superintendency; General Educational Leadership & Administration; Administration of Special Education; Adult and Continuing Education Administration; Higher Education; Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision; Community College Administration; Urban Education Leadership

Research Tools (15 semester credit hours)

EDLD 6384 Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
EDLD 6333 Applied Statistics 1   3 credits
EDLD 6392 Applied Statistics 2  3 credits
EDLD 6335 Quantitative Research Methods 3 credits
EDLD 6397 Dissertation Research 3 credits

Dissertation (3 semester credit hours)

EDLD  6398 Dissertation 3 credits (minimum)
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

The common core of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership includes: leadership theory, personal leadership skills, the dynamics of organizational change, the socio-political environments of education, instructional theory and research, education foundations, curriculum theory, data analysis, research strategies, and techniques.

Whether students choose the Educational Leadership Specialization or Open Specialization, the program's concentrations permit the acquisition of knowledge tailored uniquely to particular career aspirations.

Doctorate in Educational Leadership National Standards Matrices (pdf)

Dissertation Requirements (pdf)

Educational Leadership Program Handbook (pdf)

If you'd like to learn more about the College of Education and Human Development, please visit our website.

Contact for more information:

Donna DeGaish

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5818
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5818
Phone : 361-825-3368
donna.degaish@tamucc.edu