Executive Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

The University of South Alabama College of Education proudly offers an Executive Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). The program is an intensive 60 credit hour, cohort-based program designed for educators who wish to earn a terminal degree in educational leadership. Delivered in an executive format, the Ed.D. program allows students to maintain their current employment while also studying full-time. 

The program is aligned with the recommendations of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate to redesign the Ed.D. to make it a stronger and more relevant degree for the advanced preparation of school practitioners and clinical faculty, academic leaders, and professional staff for the nation’s schools and colleges and the learning organizations that support them. There are two tracks available in the program, one for P-12 administrators and one for higher education administrators.

Coursework is delivered by highly qualified professors using a combination of intensive, face-to-face classes on campus, and blended, and fully online formats. Courses include program assessment and evaluation, finance, ethics, global education, legal issues, and quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. Effective leadership is a guiding principle throughout the program. 

Course of Study

P-12 Leadership

The Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership (P-12) only admits in the Summer Semester (deadline March 15).

Admission Requirements

  1. Master’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution for post-secondary education with a minimum 3.25 cumulative graduate GPA.
    Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to: 
    University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center 
    P.O. Box 9218 
    Watertown, MA 02471
    (Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript)
  2. A valid ALABAMA Class A or Class AA Professional Leadership Certificate in Instructional Leadership. Certification
  3. Three evaluation forms to include the applicant’s principal or supervisor attesting to candidate’s leadership and management potential. Recommendations must be on the specific evaluation form and emailed to: jlett@southalabama.edu. Recommendation Form and Directions: http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/lte/resources/gr-applicant-recommend-form.pdf
  4. A minimum of three full years of full-time, satisfactory professional educational experience in a P-12 setting. Must be documented on Supplemental Experience Form that should be requested from Human Resources in your past/present employing school system (https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/Misc%20Docs/SUPPLEMENT%20exp.pdf).
    Mail to: 
    University of South Alabama
    College of Education and Professional Studies
    Attn: Jamie Lett - UCOM 3360
    75 S. University Blvd.
    Mobile, AL 36688-0002
  5. Completed copy of the most recent performance appraisal to include the professional development component and evidence of ability to lead student achievement. (Upload in document area under Other.)
  6. Completion of IDE 510 “Educational Research and Evaluation” or equivalent graduate level course with min. grade of “B”.
  7. A resume with chronology of professional employment (uploaded within application).
  8. A two-page narrative statement of purpose for pursuing the degree (uploaded within application).
  9. Submission of official GRE exam scores.

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.

Higher Education Leadership

The Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership only admits in the Summer Semester (deadline March 15).

Admission Requirements:

  1. Master’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution for post-secondary education with a minimum 3.25 cumulative graduate GPA.
    Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
    University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center 
    P.O. Box 9218 
    Watertown, MA 02471
    (Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript)
  2. No fewer than three years’ experience working in a higher education setting.
  3. Completed IDE 510 “Educational Research and Evaluation” or equivalent graduate level course with grade of “B” or better.
  4. Three letters of recommendation MUST BE ON Specific Evaluation found on this link ONLY (/colleges/ceps/lte/resources/gr-applicant-recommend-form.pdf) and sent via email to: jlett@southalabama.edu.
  5. Submission of official GRE scores.
  6. A two-page narrative from the applicant indicating the applicant’s goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership-Higher Ed, and how the program matches the applicant’s career goals (upload within application).
  7. A resume with a chronology of professional employment (upload within application).

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.


Program Coordinator:    

Susan P. Santoli, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair, Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
UCOM 3100
Ph: (251) 380-2836
ssantoli@southalabama.edu