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Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Administrative Leadership (Ed.D.)

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Catherine Dunn Shiffman, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies
Bowman Building, Office 216A; (540) 535-3542; cshiffma@su.edu

Advanced study in the Doctor of Education in Administrative Leadership program is designed to serve learners with career goals related to PreK-12 educational administration. The program is student-centered, inquiry-driven and problem-oriented with an emphasis on the application of theory to real world problems. Learners think deeply, examine critically and understand theoretically the challenges facing schools and related organizations.

The EdD program offers two concentrations: Initial Administrative Licensure or Leadership in Education (non-licensure PreK-12 and postsecondary).

A minimum of 60 credits is required in this program of study. The program is organized around an interdisciplinary leadership and research core that is complemented by the learner’s chosen concentration

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed graduate application for admission.
  • A minimum 3.5 GPA in their master’s degree.
  • Submission of all graduate transcripts.
  • An essay addressing the candidate’s motivation and goals while in the EdD program. (Please limit this essay to no more than three double-spaced pages.)
  • A one-page resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from an immediate supervisor, at least one from someone able to address the candidate’s academic abilities, and at least one from a professional who knows the candidate’s ability in the chosen concentration.
  • Applicants must contact and schedule an interview with the head of the Ed.D program.
  • Applicants seeking Virginia Department of Education endorsement(s) must possess a current teacher’s license, a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.

Transfer Credits

The Doctor of Education in Administrative Leadership is a 60-credit degree. With approval from the director and the faculty of the School of Education & Human Development, students may substitute graduate courses for courses in the doctoral program if these courses were not counted toward a previously earned degree. However, additional courses may be required to create a viable degree program. Applicants needing foundational coursework will be advised of the necessity before they will be permitted to take advanced level coursework. Up to 15 transfer credits are permitted into SU doctoral programs; transfer credits are approved in consultation with the program director and/or advisor.

Program Requirements (minimum 60-credit program)

Total: 15 credits

Total: 12 credits

Total: 6 credits


Students who do not complete the dissertation after earning 15 credits of RST 799  will be required to remain continuously enrolled in RST 799  (one credit hour each term) until the dissertation is completed.

Total: 15 credits


Leadership in Education (non-licensure PreK-12 and postsecondary)

Twelve (12) graduate or doctoral level credits related to study in a subfield of administrative leadership will comprise a concentration in PreK-12 Administration (not leading to licensure) or in postsecondary education leadership (non-academic roles, e.g., student life, student support services). Guidelines for concentrations are commonly accepted field/profession/discipline-defined knowledge areas relevant to the student’s professional and/or academic objectives, and are determined jointly by the student and the academic advisor.

Total: 12 credits

Initial Administrative Licensure

Graduates who complete this concentration in conjunction with required program core and research courses outlined above as well as the coursework below will have completed an approved program for licensure in PreK-12 Administration and Supervision. To qualify for a permanent (five-year) endorsement through the Virginia Department of Education, graduates must successfully complete a beginning administration and supervision assessment as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education, have three years teaching experience, and hold a valid teaching license.

Total: 15 credits

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