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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education

Admissions Requirements

There are three possible entry points to the Ed.D. degree.

  1. after completion of a master's degree and certification as a building level administrator;
  2. while working toward Superintendent certification and the Ed.S. in educational administration;
  3. after completing the Ed.S. and Superintendent certification (must be within the past 10 years);

Regardless of entry point, acceptance is competitive, and exceptional candidates are selected annually. The priority application deadline for the Superintendent Education Doctorate Degree is February 1st. Priority review will be given to applications received by that date and will continue on a rolling basis. 

Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.25, possess an Illinois Type 75 certificate or equivalent, and hold or have held a school administrative position requiring an Illinois Type 75 certificate or equivalent.

Applications should be completed using the guidelines below and forwarded to:

Office of Admissions
Box 1047, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

Completed applications must include the following:

  1. Graduate School application
  2. all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate transcripts (except those granted by SIUE) 
  3. current resumé that clearly indicates
    • educational background
    • diversity of P-12 work experience
    • progression of P-12 leadership experiences
  4. narrative response to specific questions
  5. three letters of reference from administrators or supervisors who have first-hand knowledge of your professional work. Letters must include a cover sheet and must address:
    • the nature of the relationship with the applicant (at least one person is a current or past supervisor);
    • leadership experience (from first-hand experience);
    • ability to work collaboratively;
    • ability to affect schools to improve student learning;
    • oral and written communication skills;
    • potential to become a transformative educational leader.
  6. copy of administrative certificate(s).

Exit Requirements

Qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy - This examination consists of essay questions on course content that must be passed prior to work on the Capstone Research Project. The examination is taken before EDAD 690 and EDAD 698.

Final Capstone Research Project - Candidates develop an individual, creative Capstone Research Project from a cutting-edge theme developed for the candidate cohort. The Capstone Project requires deep study of a problem, inquiry, development of a research proposal to address the problem, implementation of the study, and use of data derived from the study to address the problem. 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 is required for program completion. The Capstone Project is planned in EDAD 690; it is carried out, defended, and finalized in EDAD 698.

Application Deadline

The priority application deadline for the Superintendent Education Doctorate Degree is February 1stPriority review will be given to applications received by that date and will continue on a rolling basis.

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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