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Why Superintendent Doctorate at SIUE?

SIUE offers a program of study leading to the Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at the Superintendent/District Level.  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.

Superintendent Doctorate 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.

Superintendent Doctorate Program of Study

For Post-Master's Students
Year One - Summer Semester
Personnel Administration (EDAD 565)
Educational Facilities Planning & Management (EDAD 573)
Year One - Fall Semester
District Program Development (EDAD 580)
School Business Management (EDAD 585)
Year One - Spring Semester
Educational Policy Making & Governance (EDAD 560)
Leadership Theory & Practice (EDAD 570)
Year Two - Summer Semester
Superintendency & District Administration (EDAD 555)
School & Community Relations (EDAD 563)
Year Two - Fall Semester
Strategic Management (EDAD 575)
Year Two - Spring Semester
Internship Practicum (EDAD 591)

Note: All courses are 3 semester hours for a total of 30 semester hours. Candidates continue with post-Ed.S course work (listed below)

For Post-Ed.S Students
Year One - Summer Semester
Proseminar in the Superintendency (EDAD 600)
Year One - Fall Semester
Qualitative Inquiry (EPFR 605)
Politics and Policy Making in Education (EDAD 660)
Year One - Spring Semester
Quantitative Inquiry (EPFR 601)
Advanced School Law (EDAD 620)
Year Two - Summer Semester
Research Topics in Educational Leadership (EDAD 690)
Year Two - Fall Semester
Doctoral Capstone Research Topics (EDAD 698)
Year Two - Spring Semester
Doctoral Capstone Research Topics (EDAD 698)

Note: All courses are 3 semester hours for a total of 24 post-Ed.S. semester hours

Admission Requirements >>
Ed.D. Planning and
Admission Committee
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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