May 26, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Educational Leadership, Ed.D. (School Leadership Concentration) (available online)


General Program Information


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

Pamela Scott, Ed.D., Graduate Coordinator
501 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70550
(423) 439-4430
e-mail: scottp@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.

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.

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. For applicants seeking a Tennessee Instructional Leader license, the GPA for the applicant will be considered in context of the overall cohort GPA average, which must meet or exceed the accrediting body’s (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) minimum of 3.0. ​
  4. A personal essay.
  5. Four (4) letters of recommendation.
  6. All applicants must submit a current resume with their application.

Educational Leadership, Ed.D. Degree Requirements: 66-78 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 program of 66-78 credits.

Core Requirements 18 credits
Concentration 15 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 15 credits
Cognate Requirements 6 credits
Dissertation 12-24 credits
TOTAL 66-78 credits

School Leadership Concentration: 15 credits


Advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs. Any proposed substitution is subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Advisor Approved Electives: 15 credits


Choose 15 credits from the following. The courses needed to meet this requirement should come from the list below or advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs.

Cognate Requirements: 6 credits


  • Six (6) credits in a cognate area other than Educational Leadership

Dissertation: 12-24 credits


Students with Ed.S.: 42-54 credits*


* For students already possessing a valid Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, the minimum requirements for the doctoral program are for a 42-54 credit program which includes the following courses and activities.

Core Requirements 18 credits
Concentration 3 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 9 credits
Dissertation 12-24 credits
TOTAL 42-54 credits

School Leadership Concentration: 3 credits*


Advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs. Any proposed substitution is subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Advisor Approved Electives: 9 credits*


Choose 9 credits from the following. The courses needed to meet this requirement should come from the list below. However, advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs.

Dissertation: 12-24 credits*