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Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

College of Education

Higher Education Leadership

Preparing Professionals for Service and Leadership

The focus of the program is on the professional development of Higher Education Leadership leaders who have a strong desire to enhance their knowledge of leadership principles and to become more effective leaders in their organizations.

Admission Interview Scoring Guide

  1. Scholarship (Graduate Level GPA).................... 15 points
  2. Speaking Skills................................................... 10 points
  3. Four Letters of Recommendation....................... 20 points
  4. Employment Record........................................... 10 points
  5. Evidence of Leadership (to date)........................ 10 points
  6. Estimated Leadership Potential.......................... 10 points
  7. Official GRE Scores (Verbal/Quantitative).......... 15 points
  8. Writing Skills (GRE Analytical Writing Score)..... 10 points

Generally, applicants with a total score of 65 will be recommended to the School of Graduate Studies for acceptance into the Ed.D. program in Higher Education Leadership.

Cohorts

All students move through their program as part of an online cohort group. Cohort students will begin the program in the same semester and continue through the program with the same group, taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester. Each cohort has a site through the electronic course management system (D2L) specifically designed to assist students in advisement with their cohort advisor and other concentration specific information. 

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Requirements for students who hold a Master's Degree

For students with a valid master's degree, the program of study requires a minimum of 66 credit hours, which includes the following courses and activities:

Core Requirements – 18 semester hours
Concentration Requirement – 15 semester hours
Additional Requirements – 15 semester hours
Cognate Requirements – 6 semester hours
Dissertation Requirements – 12 semester hours
TOTAL – 66 semester hours

Please see the ETSU School of Graduate Studies Catalog for a complete list of the courses required in this HEDL Ed.D. program.

Sample Course Schedule Post Master's

Requirements for students who hold a Specialist's Degree

Students with valid educational specialist degrees have a program of study calling for a minimum of 42 credit hours, to include: 

Core Requirements – 18 semester hours
Concentration Requirement – 12 semester hours
Dissertation Requirements – 12 semester hours
TOTAL – 42 semester hours

Please see the ETSU School of Graduate Studies Catalog for a complete list of the courses required in this HEDL Ed.D. program.

Sample Course Schedule Post Ed.S.

Additional Requirements

The students will also complete an appropriate, supervised internship and submit a portfolio of 10 approved residency activities.

The Qualifying Examination is administered toward the end of the required coursework and encompasses knowledge and ideas from these courses.  Upon satisfactory completion of both the written and oral segments, students enroll in dissertation hours and begin their research project.

Program Details: Internship, Residency, Qualifying Exams, and Dissertation Information

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Program Coordinator:

Dr James Lampley

Dr. James Lampley
504 Warf Pickel Hall
P.O. Box 70550
Johnson City, TN 37614

423-439-7619

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