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Educational Leadership Ed.D. – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Departmental Website: Educational Leadership - Ed.D.

Program Description: The Doctor of Education Degree Program in Educational Leadership is a part-time program that prepares senior-level leaders for service in P-12 school systems and community colleges. Students in the EdD program select one of two concentrations 1) Community College Leadership or 2) P-12 Leadership. The EdD requires a minimum of 52 hours beyond the masters, and a minimum of 43 semester hours in the degree must be earned from WCU. Students admitted to the program may be permitted to transfer up to 9 graduate-level credits into the program with program approval. The program is a cohort model in which all students progress through a prescribed sequence of courses in 9 consecutive semesters, including summers. Cohorts will meet face-to-face at least one weekend each month, with additional instruction delivered online. Students who are unable to follow the schedule will be dropped from their current cohort  and assigned to the next available cohort.

The program includes core coursework in leadership and research, written benchmark assessments, and a dissertation.  Students are expected to complete the program within 3 years and must complete the program within 6 years.                       

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Location of Course Offerings: Online and Biltmore Park

Admission Requirements:  

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Official transcripts for all graduate work, documenting a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  • A resume indicating leadership experience
  • An Application Letter stating your reasons for applying to the program and highlighting your qualifications. There is no required format or length.
  • Names of three references who will be asked to submit an online recommendation
  • Applicants will be screened and qualified individuals will be invited for an interview
  • Community College Leadership: Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • P-12 Leadership: Master's degree in educational administration preferred. A Master's degree in a related field (Education, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction) will also be considered; and leadership experience.

Application Deadline: January 15 for Summer term admission 

Prerequisites: Students whose graduate transcript does not document completion of a graduate level course in educational testing and assessment will be required to take EDRS 709 - Educational Testing and Assessment or a course considered equivalent by the program prior to or during their first semester in the program.

Program Contact Information
Dr. Kathleen Jorissen - Program Director
Denise Royer - Student Services Specialist
Department of Human Services
91 Killian Building Lane, Room 208
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828-227-7310


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