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.

We specialize in meeting the needs of working professionals, offering compressed Saturday coursework, evenings, and online classes.

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/International Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

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

Domestic/International Students:

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.


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)
  • Essay (Approximately 300-400 words in length which includes information about their reasons for pursuing graduate study and for choosing this specific graduate program)
  • Applicants seeking Superintendent Certification must also submit:

    *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

Required Core Courses (18 SCH)

  • EDLD 6303 - The Politics of Education 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6311 - Contemporary Theories of Educational Leadership 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6312 - Clinical Leadership Laboratory 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6313 - Policy Development and Decision-making 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6331 - Educational innovations 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6342 - Community Leadership Development 1-3 sem. hrs.


Required Research Tools (15 SCH)

  • EDLD 6333 - Applied Statistics 1 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6335 - Quantitative Research Methods 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6384 - Qualitative Research Methods 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6385 - Advanced Data Analysis in Qualitative Methods 3 sem. hrs. 
    • Or
  • EDLD 6392 - Applied Statistics 2 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6397 - Dissertation Research 3 sem. hrs.


Dissertation (3-6 SCH)

  • EDLD 6398 - Dissertation 1-6 sem. hrs.


Required Courses for Educational Administration/Leadership Cognate (18 SCH)

Course selection to be decided upon with a Faculty Advisor if career path does not align with the tracks below.

Higher Education Administration

The following courses are designed for students seeking a career in Higher Education Administration:

  • EDLD 6304 - Community College and University Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6305 - Student Affairs in Colleges and Universities 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6306 - Higher Education in a Democratic Society 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6307 - Higher Education Finance 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6308 - Higher Education and the Law 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDLD 6314 - Professionals in Educational Organizations 3 sem. hrs.


The following courses are designed for students seeking Superintendent certification:

  • EDAD 6361 - Current Topics: Focus on Law and Facilities 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD 6367 - Public School Finance 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD 6368 - School Public Relations 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD 6369 - The School Superintendency 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD 6398 - Practicum in the School Superintendency 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD/EDLD 3 SCH  - Select with Faculty Advisor


The following courses are designed for students seeking Principalship certification:

  • EDAD 5304 - Introduction to the Principalship 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD 6363 - Public School Law 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD 6376 - Supervision of Teaching 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD 6377 - Teacher Appraisal System 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD 6378 - Application of Administrative Concepts 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDAD 6399 - School Administration Practicum 3 sem. hrs.

Electives (6 SCH)

Course selection to be decided upon with a Faculty Advisor. Graduate courses must be at 6000 level if available.


Required Courses for Specialization (15 SCH)

Course selection to be decided upon with a Faculty Advisor. Graduate courses must be at 6000 level if available.

Electives (9 SCH)

Must be EDAD/EDLD courses. Selection decided upon with Faculty Advisor. Graduate courses must be at 6000 level if available.

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)

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:

Dr. Gerri Maxwell

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5818
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5818
Phone : 361-825-6034