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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, Ed.D. (Administrative Endorsement Concentration)

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:
Marc Tucker; tuckermr@etsu.edu; (423) 439-6590

Virginia Foley, Ed.D., Graduate Coordinator
502 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70550
(423) 439-7615
e-mail: foleyv@etsu.edu

Faculty: William Flora; Virginia Foley; Pamela Scott.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis has as its primary purpose the graduate preparation of individuals who will serve as educational leaders in K-12 schools and other organizations/agencies that offer educational programs and services. Programs in the department are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. Student programs are designed to develop educational leaders through the study and practical application of educational foundations, theory, research, and practice.

Program Admission Requirements

An applicant seeking admission to a doctoral degree program must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree. For doctoral programs that will admit students with only a bachelor’s degree, a minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required however most doctoral degree programs have higher requirements. International students are subject to additional specific requirements and should refer to the appropriate sections in this document or in the graduate catalog. The following must be submitted before an applicant will be considered for admission:

  1. Nonrefundable application fee.
  2. A completed application form.
  3. One official transcript from each undergraduate or graduate institution attended, except previous coursework taken at ETSU. Applications will not be considered without all transcripts.
  4. A personal essay.
  5. Official scores on the general portion of the GRE.
  6. Four (4) letters of recommendation.
  7. All applicants must submit a current resume with their application.
  8. Those applying to the Administrative Endorsement concentration must also submit a copy of their teaching certificate(s).

Residency Requirements

 A “Declaration of Intent to Establish Residency,” approved by the student’s advisor prior to the beginning of the residency period, must be filed with the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies, the department, and the chair of the student’s graduate advisory committee. Subsequently, students should consult with their advisor on residency. Four (4) options for fulfilling the residency requirements have been approved.

  1. A residency of two (2) consecutive semesters, during which the student must not be employed more than half time.
  2. A residency of two (2) consecutive semesters, which shall include one semester of not more than half-time employment and one (1) with no employment restrictions.
  3. A residency of four (4) consecutive summer semesters (including one Pre-Summer), during which times the student may not work.
  4. A “continuous” residency that requires each student to be continuously enrolled in the program (spring and fall semesters) from the time of the student’s initial course in the program until the qualifying examination is completed.

Each student, regardless of the residency option selected, must receive prior approval of a residency plan by the student’s advisor. Each student must complete the required ten (10) approved residency activities and submit portfolio documentation of the completion to the advisory committee chair. Fulfillment of the residency requirements will be reported to the deans of the College of Education and School of Graduate Studies.

Any modification of the residency plan must be approved, in writing, by the student’s graduate advisory committee chair.

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

Students admitted to this concentration are members of a cohort with a planned sequence of courses comprised of six credits each fall, spring, and summer semester.

The qualifying exam is scheduled at the end of the student’s coursework and has both written and oral components. An application for candidacy for the doctoral degree is submitted upon successful completion of the qualifying exam.

A doctoral candidate will identify a dissertation topic, conduct research, and write the paper with the guidance of a dissertation committee. The dissertation is a major component of the doctoral degree. Each doctoral candidate must register for a minimum of three (3) credits of ELPA 7960  each semester, including Summer, until completing the required twelve (12) dissertation credits, followed by three (3) of ELPA 7990  each semester, including summer, until the successful dissertation defense.

Educational Leadership, Ed.D. Degree Requirements: 66 credits

For qualified students already possessing valid master’s degrees, or the equivalent, and seeking an Ed.D. degree leading toward endorsement as a Beginning Administrator, the requirements are for a minimum program of 66 credits. 

Core Requirements 18 credits
Concentration 36 credits
Dissertation 12 credits
TOTAL 66 credits

Dissertation: 12 credits

Students with Ed.S.: 42 credits*

* For qualified students already possessing valid Educational Specialist’s degrees, or their equivalent, and seeking an Ed.D. degree leading toward endorsement as a Beginning Administrator, the requirements are for a minimum program of 42 credits.

Administrative Endorsement Concentration: 12 credits*

Dissertation: 12 credits*


In order to meet the coursework requirements for certification, students in this program concentration area would also be required to take ELPA 6300 ELPA 6400 ELPA 6500 , and ELPA 6600 .

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