Doctor of Education
Doctor of Education Overview
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Program in Educational Leadership is designed to accommodate the active lives of professionals who wish to assume leadership roles in K-12 settings. The Mississippi College School of Education and Leadership has an exemplary reputation for its preparation of professional educators who are knowledgeable, reflective, and prepared to positively impact the lives of all students.
The commitment and dedication of the leadership faculty is reflected in the vision, "...to produce the best prepared educational leaders in the history of Mississippi." It is with this vision constantly in mind that the faculty strives to prepare students who exemplify high levels of knowledge, skills, ethical behavior, and commitment.
The Doctor of Education Program in Educational Leadership enrolls students during the Spring semester of each year. Students may enter with a master’s degree but must complete the specialist degree before beginning doctoral level courses. The specialist degree requires a minimum of 40 semester hours. Students who enter with a specialist degree are required to complete a minimum of 45 semester hours, inclusive of the dissertation.
For more information about the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, contact:
Dr. Ruthie Stevenson, Program Coordinator
Lowrey Hall 400B
Dr. Gerald Hasselman, Director of Educational Leadership
Lowrey Hall 306
Dr. Tom Williams, Chair, Teacher Education and Leadership
Lowrey Hall 207
General Admission Requirements
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership is designed to accommodate the active lives of practicing professionals who wish to assume leadership roles in K-12 settings. The Doctor of Education degree requires a minimum of eighty-five (85) hours above the master’s degree, inclusive of dissertation and statistics.
Those individuals who wish to be considered for admission to the program should follow the steps listed below.
Submit the following admission credentials to the Graduate Office (Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058-4029):
- A completed application for admission to the Graduate Office (with all required information)
- A non-refundable $30.00 application fee
- One copy of all official transcripts from previous collegiate work (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and education specialist) and any transferable graduate credit
- Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores earned within the last five years directly from Educational Testing Services to the Graduate Office. Application packets without scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections will not be processed. The applicant must have a composite (verbal and quantitative) score of 1066 on the Graduate Record Exam or a minimum score of 1600 based on the formula: graduate GPA x 200 + Composite GRE. The applicant must earn a minimum score of 4.2 on the analytical writing test. A score less than 3.5 is not acceptable. Applicants with scores between 3.5 and 4.1 will be required to complete two courses in writing. A grade of B must be earned in each course.
- An application portfolio submitted to the Coordinator of the Ed.D. Program by September 15. Application portfolios will not be accepted before June 1. Click here for portfolio requirements.
- All applicants must have a GPA of 3.25 on graduate work.
- All materials for admission to the Ed. D. program in Educational Leadership must be postmarked by September 15.
For additional information, contact:
Dr. Ruthie S. Stevenson
Dr. Tom Williams
Chair, Department of Teacher Education and Leadership
Mississippi College Graduate School
Doctor of Education Courses
|Specialist Level||Advanced Leadership and Practicum||40 Hours|
|EDU 6519||Teaching and Learning||3 hours|
|EDU 6520||Basics of Effective Leadership||3 hours|
|EDU 6521||Organizational School and Community Effectiveness||3 hours|
|EDU 7501||Advanced Educational Research Applications||3 hours|
|EDU 7525PR27||Practicum in Leadership Models||1 hour|
|EDU 7525PR30||Practicum in Personnel Management||1 hour|
|EDU 7525PR31||Practicum in Leadership Dilemmas||1 hour|
|EDU 7525PR40||Practicum in School Finance||1 hour|
|EDU 7525PR41||Practicum in Legal Issues||1 hour|
|EDU 7525PR50||Practicum in Central Office Responsibilities||1 hour|
|EDU 7525PR51||Practicum in Superintendent Functions||1 hour|
|EDU 7527||Leadership Models and Applications||3 hours|
|EDU 7530||Issues and Concepts of Personnel Management||3 hours|
|EDU 7531||Seminar in Current Educational Dilemmas||3 hours|
|EDU 7540||Basics of School Finance and Fiscal Control of Schools||3 hours|
|EDU 7541||Legal Structures and Legal Issues Pertaining to School Operations||3 hours|
|EDU 7550||Central Office Structures, Roles and Responsibilities||3 hours|
|EDU 7551||Roles and Functions of the Superintendency and School Board Relations||3 hours|
|Doctoral Level||Leadership Cohort/Cognate/Research Design
|PSY 6505||Intermediate Statistics||3 hours|
||Comparative Philosophies of Education
|EDU 7606||Advanced Statistics
||Qualitative and Quantitative Research Designs in Education
||Faith, Ethics, and Social Issues in Educational Leadership
||Multiculturalism and Diversity
||Curriculum Panning and School Improvement
|Cognate Core Courses
Please do not use paper protectors or sleeves. Place all materials in a file folder. The portfolio will not be returned; therefore, copies of all documents should be retained by the student.
Submit a professional portfolio to the Coordinator of the Ed.D. Program (Box 4009, Clinton, MS 39058) consisting, in this order, of:
- A completed application for the Ed.D. program
- Photocopy of master’s and specialist standard educator licenses
- Documentation of a minimum of five (5) years of educational experience (e.g., a letter from the district’s personnel office)
- Documentation of two (2) years of experience in a leadership role (e.g., team leader, department chair)
- An essay of no more than 750 words on the reasons for seeking the Doctor of Education degree --- The essay must be typed and double-spaced on white 8” x 11” paper and should include a summary of personal and professional goals.
- Three (3) recommendations from professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success as an educational leader---One of the forms must be completed by the applicant’s principal or immediate supervisor. The candidate should also provide envelopes, pre-addressed to the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership and
- stamped, so that recommendations can be sent directly to the program coordinator by the references. The recommendations will be added to
- the candidate’s portfolio by staff before it is reviewed.
- Examples of applicant’s work as a professional educator (e.g., workshop, school program)