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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 >>
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Ed.D. Planning and
Admission Committee
Phillip Buckley, J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant 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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