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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior

Educational Leadership Doctorate – Superintendent (EdD)


Admission Requirements

  • Master of science in education degree or its equivalent
  • Grade point average of 3.25 (A=4.0) or higher in graduate study
  • Hold or have held a position requiring an Illinois Type 75 (building administration) certificate or its equivalent

Application materials will include:

  • Current resume that clearly indicates (1) educational background, (2) diversity of P-12 work experience, and (3) progression of P-12 leadership experiences.
  • Three letters of reference from administrators or supervisor who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate’s professional work. Letters must address: nature of the relationship with the applicant (at least one is current or past supervisor) 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.

All requirements will be reviewed by a faculty admissions committee to determine the potential of the candidate to affect school district change.

There are two possible admission points for the EdD program.

  • An MS degree
  • An Illinois Type 75 certificate (or equivalent) and who wish to earn the superintendent’s endorsement while completing the doctorate degree

Mid-point admission for students who hold:

  • A specialist’s degree (within the past ten years)
  • A superintendent’s endorsement
  • An Illinois type 75 certificate (or equivalent) and who want to complete the doctorate degree.
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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