Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
The following criteria will be used to assess a student’s application for admission into the doctoral programs in the Department of Educational Leadership. No single criterion can adequately predict a student’s probable success in graduate work; as such, candidates for admission to the doctoral programs are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Grade point average from all previous graduate work (minimum of 3.5 required)
- Professional resume
- Educational leadership essay
- Statement of professional goals
- Writing sample
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
- Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL.
- All PK-12 applicants are required to have a teaching credential, three years of teaching experience, and administrative experience in PK-12 environments.
Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Educational Leadership Department.
The Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership is designed for students preparing for positions in which research and creative experience are predominant interests. Ph.D. candidates are expected to have undertaken and completed independent research leading to an original contribution of knowledge in the field. It is generally expected that the Ph.D. dissertation will be publishable. This degree option typically provides preparation for those who aspire to leadership positions in higher education, in government agencies, or in other educational policy organizations.
- A minimum of 90 semester credit hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree.
- Maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes completed as a graduate student.
- Completion of a dissertation, which incorporates independent work that is an original contribution to knowledge.
- With approval of a student’s Faculty Advisory Committee, up to 30 credits from a master’s degree may be transferred from another institution.
- Successful completion of comprehensive examinations in Educational Leadership and Educational Research.
- Successful completion of a final examination.
|Educational Leadership Core Courses *|
|For PK-12 emphasis:|
|EDL 501||Leadership and Organizational Behavior||3|
|EDL 511||Effective Administrative Communications||3|
|EDL 513||Leading Curriculum and Learning||3|
|EDL 514||Supervision and Staff Development||3|
|EDL 515||Education Law and Ethics||3|
|EDL 516||Education Finance and Policy||3|
|Doctoral Core Courses|
|EDL 503||Leadership Analysis and Assessment||1-4|
|EDL 572||Educational Systems and Planning||2|
|EDL 573||Administration and Organizational Behavior I||3|
|EDL 575||Education and Public Policy||3|
|EDL 579||Special Topics in Educational Leadership||12|
|Educational Leadership PK-12|
|EDL 523||The Educational Plant||3|
|EDL 524||Educational Personnel Administration||2|
|EDL 526||Business Management in Education||2|
|EDL 527||Legal Issues in Education||3|
|EDL 529||Special Education Law||3|
|EDL 531||School District Leadership||2|
|EDL 532||Staff and Program Evaluation||2|
|EDL 571||School Community Relations||2|
|Foundations of Education|
|EFR 500||Introduction to the Foundations of Education||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Psychological Foundations of Education|
|Issues and Trends in Education|
|Historical Foundations of Education|
|Philosophical Foundations of Education|
|Sociological Foundations of Education|
|Gender, Sexuality and Education|
|Anthropological Foundations of Education|
|One or two cognate areas or one minor area outside Educational Leadership and often outside the field of Education to support the area of emphasis.||12-24|
|Select from approved courses that provide the scholarly tools to support educational research ***||9|
|EDL 593||Internship in Educational Leadership ****||1-8|
If the Master’s degree or Specialist Diploma did not include these courses or their equivalent, they must be completed as soon as possible after admission to the Ph.D. program.
As appropriate, elective courses are selected from one of the following areas to fulfill individual needs and goals in consultation with a student’s Faculty Advisory Committee. A minimum of 30 credits of Educational Leadership courses is required. A concentration of 48 credits in the major (including Foundations and Educational Leadership courses, scholarly tools courses and a dissertation) is required.
EFR 515 Statistics I (or its equivalent) may not be used to fulfill Scholarly Tools.
Not required but is often advisable, depending upon student experience and goals, and these credits are reported in your major.