Cannon-Clary College of Education
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
WHAT IS THE DOCTOR OF EDUCATION IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP?
Harding University’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership degree is a 39-credit hour program that is designed to prepare its candidates for academic, administrative, and other professional roles. Viable applicants must complete specific pre-requisites before applying to the program and must decide which track for which they qualify:
Track 1 (Educational Leadership Ed.D. with an emphasis in P-20 Education Leadership)
- Hold a master’s degree and have completed or be within six hours of completing a program of study (24 credit hours minimum above a master’s degree) for a district-level license in leadership from a regionally accredited college/university.
- Hold a minimum of an initial building-level administrative license in leadership. Some building-level administrative experience is preferable but not required.
Track 2 (Educational Leadership Ed.D. with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership)
- Complete or be within six hours of completing 60 credit hours above a bachelor’s degree that includes 600/6000-level courses or above. Applicants coming with credit hours or a degree above their bachelor’s degree must submit their transcripts for review by the program director. After a transcript evaluation, applicants will be given a crafted plan that outlines any remaining coursework required, if applicable. Applicants enter with the understanding that not all of the classwork might substitute or satisfy the requirements for entry into the doctoral program. In addition, courses taken as part of the 60-credit hour requirement cannot be counted toward the 39-credit hour doctoral degree.
- Some professional work experience is preferable but not required.
- Complete the CAS application and submit appropriate fee.
- Request official transcripts (required) from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS:
- GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471
- To expedite a review of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts.
- Note: An alumnus of Harding University does not need to request an HU transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant.
- GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
- Request official scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and have these sent to Harding University.
- Request three letters of recommendation and have them sent through the CAS recommender portal.
- Request from your supervisor a signed letter on official letterhead which documents support for your participation in this program: principal, superintendent, board president or immediate supervisor (whichever is applicable to your position).
- Upload a copy of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) record.
- Upload a resume (inclusive of work experience and professional accomplishments).
- Track 1 applicants should upload a copy of your current valid administrative license.
Note: Documentation of completed requirements for Superintendent license found in your official transcript will also satisfy the requirement of a superintendent license.
- Upload a list of technology skills in which you are proficient.
- Upload two writing artifacts from previous work (i.e. thesis, research paper, journal article, field study, grant, specialist project).
TEST SCORE AND GPA REQUIREMENTS
- Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher required on all graduate coursework
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT) target scaled score of 396 or
- GRE - The old scoring system requires a target score of 900 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the analytical section. The new scoring system requires a combined score of 290 based on the current conversion chart.
ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- Personal interview with the Doctoral Admission Committee
- Impromptu writing sample will be requested at the time of personal interview
For GradCAS Application related questions:
For program related questions:
Office of Educational Leadership
The Ed.D. program consists of 39 hours, a proposal defense, a written dissertation, and a dissertation defense. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.