Online Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

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Online Coursework

On-campus seminar, once per semester, required


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  • Required: Dissertation
  • Required: an Ed.S. degree or equivalent and a valid teaching license

Estimated Cost

Tuition / credit hour $430.69
Fee / credit hour  
Library $2.91
Network & Data Systems $10.78
Off-Campus $30

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2019 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Kelley Sells

The virtual class meetings cultivate an atmosphere of comradery and encouragement. By earning a doctorate in educational leadership, I will have the knowledge and the credentials to seek out my goals further and push my vision as far as I can."

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Kelley Sells
Copan, OK

Become an Educational Leader

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership provides professional preparation for students pursuing careers as principals, other building-level administrators and supervisors in public and private schools; superintendents and other central office personnel; federal and state governmental agency officials; and other educational leadership related professionals. The program requires three intensive weekend seminars on campus.

Step 1
MEd in Educational Leadership
Step 2
EdS in Educational Leadership
Step 3
EdD in Educational Leadership


Campus Experience Weekend Seminar

Once a semester the online cohort will meet face to face for a meaningful U of A campus experience. Each intensive weekend cohort seminar will be focused on a theme that connects theory with practice and includes mini-lectures by scholars and practitioners in the field, facilitated discussion groups, and lively debate of critical issues facing school leaders. The intent of the cohort weekend is to build relationships, introduce students to leaders in the field and expose them to interactive, hands-on learning experiences that lend themselves more easily to the face-to-face environment. During the final cohort weekend of Year 3, students will work through a series of structured exercises to present their dissertation research for peer and faculty critique in preparation for final revisions and submission.


Network Across the State

The Educational Leadership program at the U of A is more than just a collection of courses. The program is:

  • An extensive network of K-16 partners throughout the state
  • A distinguished list of alumni in key leadership positions throughout the country
  • A faculty committed to providing a highly rigorous and relevant classroom experience
  • Researchers that bridge theory and practice to respond to the needs of policymakers and practitioners in the field
  • Students who are passionate about transforming schools and improving the lives of children



Students may start in summer terms only.
The application deadline is Feb. 1 for cohorts starting in the summer of the same year.

Admission to the program is a two-step process.

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School and submit all official transcripts.
  2. Apply for admission to the program, submit writing sample, 3 letters of recommendation, autobiographical sketch, and a copy of teaching/administrator's license.
    Interview is required.

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