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Educational Leadership Doctorate – General School Leadership (EdD)

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School application and $40 fee
  • Submission of all post-secondary academic transcripts
  • Master of Science in Education degree or its equivalent
  • Grade point average of 3.25 (A=4.0) or higher in graduate study
  • Teaching experience or other relevant experience as approved by the admissions committee
  • Current resume that clearly indicates (1) educational background (degrees completed), (2) P-12 or other relevant work experience in education, and 3) any relevant P-12 or other relevant leadership experiences
  • Three letters of reference from administrators or supervisors who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate’s professional work. Letters must address: nature of the relationship with the applicant (at least one letter must be from a current or past supervisor), the applicant’s leadership experience, ability to work collaboratively, ability to impact schools to improve student learning, oral and written communication skills, and potential to become a transformative educational leader.
  • Written responses to three focus questions that consider the goals of the EdD Program and preparation for doctoral study
  • International Applicants: Proof of English Proficiency, minimum requirements are TOEFL (79), IELTS (6.5) or equivalent

Program application materials may be uploaded during the application process, but official transcripts must be sent directly from the school attended, and test scores must be verifiable with the appropriate testing service. Please contact the Graduate Admissions office with questions regarding the application submission process at graduateadmissions@siue.ecdu.

All requirements will be reviewed by a faculty admissions committee to determine the potential of the candidate to affect educational improvement.

Ed.D. Planning and
Admission Committee
Alison Reeves, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of
Educational Leadership

Andrew Leland, Ph.D.,
Program Director,
Educational Administration

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