Doctor of Education in the Field of Educational Leadership and Administration

The doctoral program in educational leadership and administration program has garnered national recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and is nationally accredited and recognized as a program of distinction by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The programs have been designed for the working professional in the K-12 arena and diverse school communities interested in various school-based and central office leadership and supervisory positions, increased responsibility in teaching, and advanced levels of professional responsibility.

The doctoral program offers a premier degree preparing candidates to achieve high-level success in a K-12 school setting. With an emphasis on promoting high student achievement through teacher mentoring, problem-solving, and data analysis, the program will prepare you for a leadership position in a school setting of your choice. Researchers and practitioners who aspire to high levels of responsibility in educational organizations will develop leadership skills through coursework, seminars, research associations with faculty, and self-directed activities. This academically rigorous program prepares graduates for leadership responsibilities

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines: Fall – Rolling admissions
Spring – Rolling admissions
Summer – Rolling admissions
Standardized tests: Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations from an academic instructor/advisor or someone who can speak of your academic abilities.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 750 to 1,200 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You should also clearly indicate your primary and supporting fields of study and describe your research areas.
Additional requirements: A resumé and an interview with a program advisor are required.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - https://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/international-student-application-requirements - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-9283 (phone) ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The requirements for the Doctor of Education programs.

A minimum of 48 credits, successful completion of a comprehensive examination, and an approved dissertation proposal.

Required
EDUC 6116Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 8240Organizational Theory and Leadership in Education
EDUC 8268Leadership Theory for Education
EDUC 8270Fundamentals of Educational Planning
EDUC 8271Education Policy for School Leaders
EDUC 8276Seminar: Administration and Supervision
EDUC 8277Advanced Instructional Leadership for School Improvement
EDUC 8280Critical Review of Educational Leadership Literature
Advanced Research
3 credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Dissertation
EDUC 8998Pre-Dissertation Seminar
EDUC 8999Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum of 12 credits)
An approved dissertation proposal is required.
Comprehensive Examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.