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Do you aspire to advanced leadership positions in a K–12 organization or at an institution of higher education? Are you eager to find solutions in educational settings?

The EdD degree in educational leadership is designed to prepare administrators for senior-level leadership positions in public schools or in higher education. This advanced level of preparation fosters the development of skills and abilities for individuals to resolve educational issues and problems. Topics include leadership theory, human resource development, organizational theory, policy analysis, planning studies, curriculum and instructional leadership, and political systems analysis. The program also includes experiences in the field and meaningful interaction with faculty.

ECU Advantage

For more than a century, East Carolina University has delivered the highest level of preparation to future educators. We understand the vital role they play in shaping the future of our state and nation. That’s why East Carolina produces more educators than any other school in the state.

That’s also the reason the ECU College of Education has taken steps to offer a variety of programs that will ensure the quality of educators graduating from ECU. On-campus preparation programs emphasize extensive clinical field experiences and technology integration. Distance education and alternative-licensure programs offer convenient ways for East Carolina to reach out and educate talented professionals looking to become the newest educators in North Carolina and beyond.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Marjorie Ringler (252-328-4825; 210 Ragsdale Hall; ringlerm@ecu.edu)

The doctor of education in educational leadership (EdD) degree is designed to develop skills and abilities for individuals to resolve educational issues and problems. Program studies include leadership theory, human resource development, organizational theory, policy analysis, planning studies, curriculum and instructional leadership, and political systems analysis. The degree prepares senior level administrators for leadership positions in public schools or in higher education. A minimum of 60-semester hours beyond a master's degree is required. Requirements include a research-based dissertation completed under the direction of an appropriate faculty member, as well as a supervised internship experience.

Candidates seeking the EdD with a focus on public school administration must hold Level I licensure in administration or supervision. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible to upgrade previously held licenses. Individuals holding administration license (012, class M or class AP) and/or (011, class AS) are eligible for (012, class DP) and superintendent license (011, class DS). Individuals holding supervision license (113, class S) are eligible for curriculum-instructional specialist (113, class D). Candidates seeking the EdD with a concentration in higher education administration are not required to hold a previous license and are not eligible for North Carolina license in administration or supervision upon completion of the program.

In addition, it is desirable for all candidates for the EdD program to have three years of successful leadership experience.

The degree requires 60 s.h. of credit as follows:

Core - 15 s.h.:
  • LEED 8010 - Organizational Theory and Culture
  • LEED 8015 - Doctoral Seminar in Human Resource Development
  • LEED 8035 - Doctoral Seminar in Educational Leadership
  • LEED 8050 - Ethics in Educational Leadership

  • LEED 8055 - Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction or
  • LEED 8056 - Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum Theory and Practice in Higher Education
  • Note:

    (LEED 8056 is required for higher education administration concentration)

    Research - 12 s.h.:
    • LEED 8410 - Advanced Research in Educational Leadership
    • LEED 8420 - Quantitative Research in Educational Leadership
    • LEED 8430 - Qualitative Research in Educational Leadership
    • LEED 8440 - Applied Research Design in Educational Leadership
    Concentration areas - 21 s.h.

    (Choose one.)

      Pre K-12 administration:
      • LEED 8025 - Doctoral Seminar in Political and Social Issues in Educational Leadership
      • 6 s.h. chosen from LEED 8000 courses
      • 12 s.h. chosen in consultation with advisor.
      Higher education administration:
      • LEED 8020 - Politics and Power in Education
      • LEED 8027 - Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education Law and Public Policy
      • LEED 8030 - Educational Planning
      • LEED 8040 - Policy Development and Analysis
      • LEED 8045 - Cases and Concepts in Educational Leadership
      • LEED 8060 - Program Evaluation
      • choose 3 s.h. in consultation with advisor.
    Internship - 6 s.h.:
    • LEED 8991 - Doctoral Internship Leadership Practicum
    • LEED 8992 - Doctoral Internship Research Practicum
    Dissertation - 6 s.h.:
    • LEED 9000 - Dissertation
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
    • Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Cntr/Prgm
    • Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
    • Education Administrators, Postsecondary
    • Education Administrators, All Other
    • Educational Leadership and Administration, General

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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