Academic Catalog

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Ed.D.)

Admission Requirements

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies require a master’s degree from an accredited institution or 30 graduate semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree from an accredited graduate school with no grade lower than ‘B’ and a graduate GPA of at least 3.50. In addition, an Autobiographical Statement to include career/academic goals and research interests (1000–1500 words), three recommendations (two professional and one academic), and an interview may be required.

The  Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program with provisions for educational leadership, including special administration, is designed for a person to who is planning on working in the field primarily as a practitioner; interested in educational research in settings such as a school district or educational institution; interested in developing continued leadership in education; and policy-making roles. 

Program Requirements

The general requirements for the degrees are stated in the College's Academic Regulations.  In addition, all students must complete at least a fifteen-credit sequence in the major.  Specific requirements for the major are determined in consultation with the assigned advisor. 

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies requires a master’s degree from an accredited institution or 30 graduate semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree from an accredited graduate school with no grade lower than ‘B’ and a graduate GPA of at least 3.50. In addition, an Autobiographical Statement to include career/academic goals and research interests (1000–1500 words), three recommendations (two professional and one academic), and an interview may be required.

The  Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program with provisions for educational leadership, including special education administration, is designed for a person who is planning on working in the field primarily as a practitioner; interested in educational research in settings such as a school district or educational institution; interested in developing continued leadership in education; and policy-making roles. 

The minimum number of credit hours for the degree is 75, which may include up to 30 credits from the student's Master's Degree and Education Specialist Certificate Coursework.

Residency Requirement:

a) At least 25 semester hours beyond the Master's Degree, exclusive of dissertation credit, must be taken in residence at WSU;

b) At least six semester hours of regular course work must be completed in each of 2 consecutive semesters anytime AFTER admission to the doctoral program;

c) At least 30 semester hours, exclusive of dissertation credit, must be taken in coursework open only to graduate students (7000 course level or above).

Course Requirements – K-12 Cohort

  • Area of concentration: 25 semester hours (minimum). The courses constituting the area of concentration are specified by the ELPS program. 
  • Advanced Educational Policy Study Courses: At least 15 semester hours from the courses listed in the table below.
  • Research Techniques: At least 10 semester hours from the courses listed in the table below.
  • A dissertation is required and completed under the direction of the WSU major advisor. 
  • Electives: Electives should be chosen with the advisor's advice.
Advanced Educational Policy Study Courses
EPS 9600Seminar in Research and Theory of Administration3
EPS 9610Seminar in Educational Policy Development4
EPS 9620Seminar in Educational Policy Initiatives4
EPS 8710Readings in General Administration4
Research Techniques Courses
EPS 8180Research Seminar4
EER 7640Fundamentals of Quantitative Research3
EER 7870Qualitative Research I: Introduction3
Dissertation Hours
ED 9989Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction20
Total Credits45

Course Requirements – Higher Education Cohort

  • Area of concentration: 25 semester hours (minimum). The courses constituting the area of concentration are specified by the ELPS program. 
  • Advanced Educational Policy Study Courses: At least 15 semester hours from the courses listed in the table below.
  • Research Techniques: At least 10 semester hours from the courses listed in the table below.
  • A dissertation is required and completed under the direction of the WSU major advisor. 
  • Electives: Electives should be chosen with the advisor's advice.
Advanced Educational Policy Study Courses
EPS 8530Seminar in the History of Education4
EPS 8560Administration in Higher Education4
EPS 8570Contemporary Issues in Higher Education4
EPS 9600Seminar in Research and Theory of Administration3
Research Techniques Courses
EPS 8180Research Seminar4
EER 7640Fundamentals of Quantitative Research3
EER 7870Qualitative Research I: Introduction3
Dissertation Hours
ED 9989Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction20
Total Credits45

Courses are available in online, hybrid and traditional format

All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

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