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Doctoral Program

The Department of Education Leadership in the College of Education and Liberal Arts offers the Doctor of Education degree in Education Leadership. The Doctor of Education in Education Leadership degree is designed for a PK-12 public school administration emphasis. Graduates of the doctoral program often pursue leadership positions in schools, districts, and state agencies.  The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Education Leadership is a web-enhanced doctoral program where all courses are 50% online and 50% live classes. This format is flexible for students outside of the immediate vicinity while also providing the student support and interaction TAMUT is known for.

This program is a Scholars of Practice program with a focus on:

  • Executive Education Leadership
  • Curriculum Content:
    • Contemporary & Global
    • Practitioner based
    • Experiential
  • Delivery  Method:
    • Combination of Face to Face and Online
    • Meets professional needs by meeting mainly on Saturdays/Weekends
    • Personal and convenient
    • Includes state, national, and international travel
  • Competency-based credit available
  • 4 Year Tuition Rate and Mandatory Fees Guarantee (books not included)
  • Faculty mentoring
  • May accept up to 12 hours of transfer credit *(that meet transfer criteria)*

Education Leadership Doctoral Program coursework includes preparation in foundations of educational administration, governance of educational organizations, advanced organizational behavior, research methods, administration of instructional programs, program evaluation for school leaders, ethics and philosophy, economics of education, and dynamics of change. Doctoral students participate in a program that is designed to promote meaningful and continuous study in the field of scholarship, to provide for a diversity of experiences supporting intellectual growth and professional development, and to promote regular interaction between the student and faculty members. Specifically, this program is designed to prepare practitioners for the field of PK-12 education and the various organizations that support PK-12 learning.

Students may choose to apply to take school superintendent certification courses while pursuing the doctoral degree. The Superintendent Certification Program contains coursework for candidates holding a master's degree and standard principal certification. Candidates complete courses designed to meet national advanced leadership standards for visionary, ethical, political, collaborative, instructional, and organizational school district leadership. This certification program is designed to develop candidates who will meet the competencies assessed by the State Board of Educator Certification TExES examination for the Standard Superintendent Certificate in Texas. Those already certified as Superintendents in Texas may apply to have those courses accepted in lieu of taking additional coursework. 

Doctoral program applicants for programs in PK-12 educational leadership have generally completed a master's degree in educational administration and principal certification coursework; however, we encourage those from other organizations that support PK-12 education to consider this program. The department encourages applications from candidates with strong academic achievement and scholarship ability, leadership abilities, and commitment to education. 

The applicants must submit all documents prior to the submission deadline in order to be considered for this cohort. Please request transcripts, GRE scores and other items that may take time to process early in the process of application. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) upon application to the program.

The courses for this program are available in a web-enhanced format.  This program is not available to students that are unable to travel to campus periodically throughout the semester. 

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Requirements for All Students

  • Graduate application and processing fee ($30 for US citizens/permanent residents; $50 for international applicants) via www.ApplyTexas.org
  • Official TOEFL scores taken within the last two years (international students only)
  • A letter of interest (500 word minimum) that clearly communicates

    • How the applicant will apply the doctoral degree to improve education and
    • The applicant’s career objectives and how the Doctor of Education degree in 
Educational Leadership will assist in attaining these objectives.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume including demonstrated experience in a work 
environment where education is the primary professional emphasis (e.g., teaching, administration, school counseling, curriculum development in elementary, secondary, postsecondary, governmental, or private industry settings).
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing (< 5 years old), Official GMAT scores (< 5 years old), or Official MAT scores (< 5 years old).
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended by the applicant providing evidence of a Master’s degree in Education Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, or other related field in education
  • Three completed recommendation forms, at least one from an individual with a related terminal degree. 


* It is highly recommended that you also complete the FAFSA at the time of application.*

All application materials should be sent to:

Texas A & M University-Texarkana
Graduate Studies
7101 University Ave
Texarkana, TX 75503

Doctoral Admission Packet

Reference Form

Admissions Rubric

Educational Leadership Departmental Website

GRE Preparations

Application Window Opens: September 1, 2017

Application Packet Submission Deadline: November 3, 2017

The application review deadlines are:

  • Interviews: November 2017
  • Notification of Admission: December 2017

Courses start January 2018



For questions or additional information please contact Dr. Sara Lawrence, Associate Dean of CASE, sara.lawrence@tamut.edu (903) 223-3095 or the graduate office at 903-223-3129.

Program Documents

Doctoral Handbook (Subject to Change)

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