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Ph.D. Program Curriculum

The Ph.D. in Educational Administration follows the requirements of the School of Education. Typically, students take some of the coursework required for the Ed.D. and a minor and electives determined in consultation with an advisor. The courses are taken within the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) Department. The elective courses are taken from other departments both within and outside of the School of Education. Students in this program design individual programs with their advisor and are not part of a cohort group. Students may begin the program at any time but normally are accepted in the spring and start in the summer. Completion of the Ph.D. program does not necessarily lead to district licensure. To obtain licensure, all the courses from the major listed below must be completed. These additional courses may be taken during or after completion of the degree program. Review the program plan here.


  • A graduate level course in educational philosophy (ELPS 958 listed in "Required Courses" will satisfy this requirement)
  • A graduate level course in human development
  • A graduate level course in curriculum (C&T 903 listed in "Required Courses" will satisfy this requirement)

Required Courses for the Major

  • ELPS 996 College Teaching
  • ELPS 999 Dissertation

Five from the following list of courses:

  • ELPS 956 District Leadership
  • ELPS 958 American Educational Reform Movements
  • ELPS 955 District Business Management
  • ELPS 957 Educational Policy, Ethics and Law
  • ELPS 954 Sociology of Educational Organizations
  • ELPS 951 Supervision of Instruction
  • C&T 903 Curriculum Supervision
  • ELPS 952 School Finance: Policy & Practice
  • ELPS 953 District Human Resource Management

Required Research Courses

  • PRE (Psychology & Research in Education) 710 Statistical Methods
  • A second statistical methods or measurement course
  • Qualitative research elective
  • EPSY 818 Evaluating School Programs

Elective Minor Outside the Department

A twelve-hour post-master's degree in a field outside of the ELPS Department is required for the Ph.D. Examples might include a minor in educational research, business, public relations, economics, psychology, or other leadership related areas.

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Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Teaching Assistant(s) needed to teach the following:

  • ELPS 301. Educational Technology in Elementary-Middle Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 302. Educational Technology in Middle/Secondary Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 250. Education and Society. 3 Hours. AE41/AE51.

Learn more & apply here. (pdf)