Executive Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

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2014 -2016 Cohorts of the Executive Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership


Earn Your Doctorate in 3 Years

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, three-year, 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

Admission Requirements

The deadline for submission of all Ed.D. application materials to USA Office of Admissions is March 15th.

Please note that all application materials should be sent directly to the USA Office of Admissions via mail (address is listed below) or via their website at http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/. Admission may be delayed if supporting documents are sent anywhere on campus other than admissions.

The University of South Alabama
The Office of Admissions
Meisler Hall, Room 2500
Mobile, AL 36688

All Applicants

must have:

  • A minimum 3.25 graduate GPA
  • Completed IDE 510 “Educational Research and Evaluation” or equivalent graduate level course with grade of “B” or better. 

All Applicants

must submit:

  • A completed Graduate Admissions application​ by going to the Admission's login page and following the prompts.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended (if you are a former USA student and have not attended another institution since attending USA; the Admissions Office will request your transcripts from the Registrar’s Office)
  • Official GRE Scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing) within five years of application
  • A current resume´
  • A two-page narrative statement of purpose for pursuing the degree
  • Three ​​Recommendation Form​s​ for Graduate Admission to the Educational Leadership Program​​ including your principal or supervisor. Complete the "Applicant Information" section, and include a stamped envelope addressed to admissions.

A personal interview, including submission of a writing sample, will be scheduled on campus once all admission materials are received.

P-12 Leadership

  • Master’s degree in education or educational leadership from a regionally accredited institution for postsecondary education
  • Copy of valid Alabama administrative license indicating class “A” or “AA” certification in Instructional Leadership (Students who hold Alabama Class “A” certification in Instructional Leadership may opt to pursue an Educational Specialist degree and accompanying Class “AA” certification in Instructional Leadership simultaneously while working towards the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Students who hold Alabama Class “AA” certification in Instructional Leadership may have some of their previous credit applied towards the Ed.D.)
  • No fewer than three years of successful teaching at the P-12 level
  • Alabama EXP form verifying experience in schools (available from appropriate Board of Education Human Resources Office)
  • Most recent performance appraisals.

Higher Education Leadership

  • Master’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution for postsecondary education
  • No fewer than three years’ experience working in a higher education setting   

Program Coordinator:    

Ronald Styron Jr., Ed.D.                

Ph: (251) 380-2601

rastyron@southalabama.edu