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The application deadline for the Superintendent Education Doctorate Degree is February 1st, 2014. Priority review will be given to applications received by February 1st 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 will not be accepted for the Ed.D. program.

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