Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Logo
Apply to SIUE

School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
Educational Leadership
Contact Us

We want to hear from you!

Why General School Leadership Doctorate at SIUE?

SIUE offers a program of study leading to the Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in General School Leadership.  The program is designed for educators (including teachers and others involved in education) who want to pursue careers as leaders at the school or organizational level but not the district level.  Through doctoral study, they develop expertise in using research to make changes to school and other learning organizations to improve learning outcomes.

General School Leadership Doctorate Program Description

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

  1. Required courses in Educational Leadership (15 hours)
  2. Electives related to education from across the university (15 hours; as approved by program)
  3. Advanced analysis (9 semester hours) of current issues facing education
  4. Research study and application (15 semester hours)

Before advancing to doctoral candidacy (and the final 9 hours of study), students must pass a qualifying exam covering the nine hours of advanced analysis courses. Persons admitted to the Education Doctorate program work in a cohort. They typically take two courses per semester (fall, spring, summer) and complete the program in four years.

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

General School Leadership Doctorate Program of Study

Fifty-four (54) semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master's degree are required for the EdD degree.

Required courses (15 senester hours)

EDAD 563 (3) School and Community Relations

EDAD 565 (3) Personnel Administration

EDAD 570 (3) Leadership Theory and Practice

EDAD 580 (3) District Program Development

Either EDAD 573 (3) Educational Facilities Management OR EDAD 575 (3) Strategic Management

Electives (15 semester hours)

Students select five (5) of the following courses (or other courses as approved by the program):

CI 510 (3) Analysis of Instruction

CI 511 (3) Differentiated Instruction

CI 563 (3) Curriculum Models

CI 578 (3) Organization and Administration of Literacy Programs

CI 581 (3) Foundations of Teacher Leadership

EDAD 555 (3) The Superintendency

EDAD 560 (3) Educational Policy Making and Governance

EDAD 573 (3) Educational Facilities Management

EDAD 575 (3) Stratigic Management

EDAD 585 (3) School Business Administration

ENG 544 (3) Reading and Writing Pedagogy in TESL

ENG 576 (3) Writing Across the Curriculum

ENG 587 (3) Politics of Composition Pedagogy

SOC 502 (3) Seminar in Intergroup Relations

SOC 542 (3) Seminar in Gender and Gender Inequality

SOC 590 (3) Special Topics (to be approved by the advisor)

SPED 514 (3) Legal Aspects of Special Education

SPED 515 (3) Administration and Supervision of Special Education Services

SPED 517 (3) Special Education Finance

Or other electives as approved by the program faculty.

  Advanced Study and Research

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 semester hours

All required courses (both the initial 15 hours of required courses and the 24 hours of advanced study and research courses) typically meet one evening a week with additional work completed online.

Graduation Requirements

Prior to beginning the research sequence (EDAD 690 and 698), students must pass the qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy.  The examination consists of essay questions that address course content listed under "advanced study and research".  The exam is read by faculty and assessed for content and quality.  Candidates must pass the examination to advance.

Final Capstone Research Project:  The project requires an extensive written document that presents the results of the candidate's research.  An oral presentation and successful defense of the project before a committee of three faculty members is required for program completion.  Planning the project occurs in EDAD 690 and the project is carried out, defended, and finalized in EDAD 698.

Admission Requirements >>

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

facebookoff twitteroff vineoff linkedinoff flickeroff instagramoff socialoff