Become an Educational Leader

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program prepares scholar-practitioners for leadership roles across a range of educational levels and contexts. Most graduates of this program have served as school and district leaders,  higher education faculty, and policy directors.

Apply by Feb. 1 to begin the next summer cohort.

The program is online with weekly synchronous course meetings. It also requires three intensive weekend seminars on campus.


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 advancing the student's research on their problem of practice. Seminars connect theory with practice and include 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 and expose students to individualized and collaborative learning experiences. Students will work through a series of structured exercises to develop and present their dissertation research for peer and faculty critique in preparation for 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


Admission Requirements

All candidates seeking admission to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership are required to complete the following:

  • Complete the  Graduate School and Educational Leadership applications
  • A master’s degree
  • A current resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of which should be from a current or former supervisor)
  • A prompted writing sample
  • Finalists are selected for an interview with the Educational Leadership faculty


  Application Deadline

  • February 1 for cohorts starting in the summer of the same year



Tuition / credit hour $446.29
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.68
Network & Data Systems $13.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2024 rates for students studying completely online. Students in online programs who take an on-campus course will pay on-campus fees, mandatory and college fees, for only the on-campus course.

Financial Aid  



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