Ed.D., School Leadership Concentration

ETSU Online Doctor of Education Degree Programs

Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
School Leadership Concentration

School Leadership, Concentration, Ed.D. Program Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis has as its primary purpose the graduate preparation of individuals who will serve as educational leaders in K-12 schools, community/technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and other organizations/agencies that offer educational programs and services. Programs in the department are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. Programs leading to licensure are also approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Student programs are individually designed to develop educational leaders through the study and practical application of educational foundations, theory, research, and field work.


The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis offers three (3) concentrations leading to the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) degree: School Leadership, Post Secondary and Private Sector Leadership, and Administrative Endorsement. The programs are designed to allow the student and advisor considerable latitude in program planning. All applicants must submit a current résumé with their application. Those applying to the Administrative Endorsement or Classroom Leadership concentration must also submit a copy of their teaching certificate(s).

The Screening Process
All students who apply to the School of Graduate Studies for the Doctor of Education degree must be screened for initial admission. The screening process consists of an evaluation of each student in terms of selected criteria for admission. Each criterion has been assigned a numerical value. The total of these values equals a possible 100 points:

1. Writing Skills (GRE Analytical Writing) :                  10 points
2. Scholarship (Graduate Level):                                 15 points
3. Speaking Skills:                                                    10 points
4. Evidence of Leadership (to date):                            10 points
5. Estimated Leadership Potential:                             10 points
6. Graduate Record Examination:                               15 points
    (GRE) scores—Verbal and Quantitative (The scores must be obtained within 5 years of date of application.) 
7. Employment Record:                                             10 points
8. Four Letters of Recommendation:                            20 points

Uniform evaluation sheets are utilized by an appointed screening committee. Upon completion of the screening process the departmental committee will make a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies.

Your Ed.D., School Leadership Concentration Program

For students already possessing a valid master’s degree, or equivalent:

The minimum requirements for the doctoral program are for a 66 credit program which includes the following courses and activities:

  • ELPA 7810 - Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7811 - Quantitative Research (3 credits) or
  • ELPA 7814 - Advanced Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7812 - Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7813 - Research in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6450 - Leadership Studies (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6810 - Theories of Administration (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6581 - Internship in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7960 - Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 credits)
  • Six (6) semester credits in research, statistics, evaluation, or technology*
  • Six (6) semester credits in a cognate area other than Educational Leadership*
  • Six (6) semester credits of Foundations of Education, to include EDFN 6730 and one more three-hour course*

* These courses are not required for students holding an Ed.S. degree.

  • Nine (9) to fifteen (15) semester credits of guided electives in Educational Leadership:

School Leadership Concentration

  • ELPA 6010 - Leadership for Lifelong Learning (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6030 - Instructional Leadership (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6451 - Strategic Planning and School-Based Decision-Making (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6452 - Effective Organizational Cultures (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6453 - Ethics for Educational Leaders (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6561 - Organization Development (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6820 - Law for Organizational Leaders (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6830 - School Housing and Transportation (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6841 - School Finance and Business Methods (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6872 - Technology Applications for Educational Leaders (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6953 - Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6954 - Educational Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6955 - Grant and Proposal Development (3 credits)
  • EDFN 6730 - Foundations: Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)
Source: 2015-2016 ETSU Graduate Catalog
Educational Leadership, Ed.D.
School Leadership Concentration


2015-16 ETSU graduate base tuition plus online fees*:

  • $554 per credit hour for in-state students
  • $706 per credit hour for eRate for out-of-state students

*Tuition cost reflected here includes 2015-2016 base tuition and online fees only and does not include RODP courses and programs. Some courses and programs may have additional fees. More information can be found on the University Tuition and Fee Information and the Incidental Fee Information pages.

Students meeting the requirements for Border County residency qualify for in-state tuition rates. 

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