University Bulletin 2016-17

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Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Doctor of education program in educational leadership

The Educational Leadership Executive Ed.D. program is an intensive 60 credit hour, three-year, cohort-based program designed for educators who wish to earn a terminal degree in educational leadership. Delivered in an executive format with online and blended courses, the Ed.D. program allows students to keep their current full-time jobs 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. The program is intended to train an emerging generation of senior educational leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to connect research, theory, and practice in leading high performing learning organizations to manage resources strategically, engage in evidence-based decision-making, promote continuous improvement, and encourage innovation. 

 The program includes courses in educational leadership, program assessment and evaluation, finance, ethics and legal issues, global education, and quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The dissertation process is structured and systematic, unfolding from the first course throughout the curriculum to make it possible to complete a dissertation study by the end of the program. The research courses in the curriculum are designed to build the expertise needed not only to complete the dissertation, but also to supervise, evaluate, and apply research to the management of complex educational organizations. 

Because the program is explicitly designed to prepare educational leaders who can use research and theory to create change in practice, students complete a dissertation that is addressed to a specific practical management challenge appropriate to their work setting. 

The Doctor of Education degree has two concentrations. One area of focus is for K-12 practitioners, the other for aspiring Higher Education administrators. For information contact Dr. Ronald A. Styron, Jr., Department of Leadership and Teacher Education. The program accepts applications for yearly cohorts starting the following May.

Minimum Graduate Hours Required:  60

B grade minimum required for all courses in the Ed.D. program. In addition, a 3.25 program and institutional GPA of is required at graduation. Courses over 10 years old cannot be used in the program.

Common Core (21 Hours) (To be taken for Higher Ed and K-12 options.)

EDL 695*

Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
Chair Dr. Andre Green
Professors Baxter, Giles, Green, Kent, Santoli, Tunks
Associate Professors Bailey, Campbell, Green, Martin, Styron, Vitulli
Assistant Professors Allison, Delmas, Reeves
Emeritus Professors Cronis, Culp
Senior Instructor Byrd, Gaillard, Simpson
Instructors Brannan, Holland

Department of Leadership and Teacher Education web site


The Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education leading to Alabama Class B certification in the following areas: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in Early Childhood Studies and Educational Studies.


The department offers the M.Ed. degree leading to Alabama Class A Certification in the following areas: Art Education, Instructional Leadership, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department also offers the Instructional Specialist degree (Ed.S.) leading to Alabama Class AA Certification in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Reading Specialist, Secondary Education, Special Education and Teacher Leader. The department offers the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.