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East Tennessee State University

Ed.D., School Leadership Concentration

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

School Leadership Concentration


ETSU Online Doctor of Education Degree Programs


This online doctoral program is designed primarily for practitioners who already possess administrative license and desire to work in central office positions in public schools or refine their professional expertise in their current positions of leadership.

Student programs are individually designed to develop educational leaders through the study and practical application of educational foundations, theory, research, and field work.


Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership (School Leadership Concentration)

The central idea of the doctoral program is the development of competence in the areas of greatest significance to educational leaders. Because of this, course requirements are described as blocks or components in the total program of the student. Each student’s total program will be determined upon the basis of four (4) factors:

- training and coursework completed prior to admission to advanced study;

- intended area of work as a professional;

- success in coursework and other experiences in the early parts of the program; and

- competence in the various areas of study as assessed and evaluated by the graduate committee in written and/or oral examinations.

More information about the program requirements and curriculum can be found in the ETSU Catalog listing for the Educational Leadership, Ed.D. (School Leadership Concentration) program.


ETSU School of Graduate Studies Admission Requirements

These standards and materials are required of all applicants regardless of program. Individual program requirements are additional to the following: 

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degrees from non-accredited institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis.

An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for domestic students, and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for international students. (Some programs may require a higher GPA.)

A completed graduate application form.

A personal essay of 150-300 words, detailing your interests in a graduate program at ETSU.

A non-refundable application fee.

One official transcript from every college or university where the applicant has taken courses.

Program Admission Requirements

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis admissions and program requirements can be found in the ETSU Catalog listing for the Educational Leadership, Ed.D. (School Leadership Concentration) program.


Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students residing in select bordering counties in North Carolina and Virginia may attend ETSU at the in-state tuition rate. Please contact the Admissions Office at or 423-439-4213 with questions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094


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