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The priority application deadline for the Superintendent Education Doctorate Degree is February 1. Priority review will be given to applications received by February 1 and will continue on a rolling basis.

Program: Superintendent Education Doctorate Degree
Degrees Available: Education Doctorate (Ed.D.)

Why Superintendent Doctorate at SIUE?

SIUE offers a program of study leading to the Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership. The program is designed for practicing P-12 school administrators who want to pursue careers as superintendents or school district leaders. Through doctoral study, they develop expertise in using research to make system-wide changes that benefit all students within the school district.

Program Description

The program of study consists of fifty-four (54) semester hours beyond the master’s degree. The curriculum is structured in four parts:

  1. Study of foundational theory of school district leadership (27 semester hours)
  2. Supervised internship (3 semester hours) in which candidates apply theory in a school district setting
  3. Advanced analysis (9 semester hours) of current issues facing superintendents
  4. Research study and application (15 semester hours)

After successfully completing parts 1 and 2 above, candidates earn both the Ed.S. degree and Illinois Superintendent endorsement. Before advancing to doctoral candidacy (and the final 9 hours of study), students must pass a qualifying exam. Persons admitted to the Education Doctorate program work in a cohort. They typically take two courses per semester (fall, spring, summer) and earn the Ed.S. and Illinois Superintendent endorsement after two years. Ed.D. completion requires an additional two years.

Please note: Tuition waivers are not accepted for the Ed.D. program.

Sample Curriculum >>

Ed.D. Planning and
Admission Committee
Phillip Buckley, J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of
Educational Administration

Linda Morice, Ph.D.,
Professor of
Educational Administration

Laurel Puchner, Ph.D.,
Chair of the Department of
Educational Leadership

Professor of
Educational Psychology

Alison Reeves, Ph.D.,
Program Director,
Educational Administration

Associate Professor of
Educational Administration

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