May 20, 2022
Program Code: EDD_702J
CIP Code: 13.0401
Program of Study for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Admission Requirements: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university or the Education Specialist from Appalachian; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE exam scores, unless waived; a letter of application including reasons for the applicant’s interest in the program. Applicants should arrange an interview with the Program Director in advance of submitting their completed application.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . In addition, the program faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: GRE Writing test score of 4.0 or higher.
Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE) requirement may be waived for applicants with:
- An earned graduate degree with GPA of 3.0 or higher AND
- At least five (5) years of professional experience in education
- An earned Education Specialist (EdS) degree with GPA of 3.0 or higher from Appalachian State University
Location: On Campus, Off Campus and Online; Off-Campus and Online cohorts begin periodically, and follow a part-time extended format.
Additional Information about Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility
Any standardized exam waiver for a graduate degree program at Appalachian State requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned degree (undergraduate or graduate; some programs have established higher GPA requirements). No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.
Course Requirements for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Total Required (Minimum 60 Hours)
Required Courses (36 Hours)
Select Two of the Courses Below With Advice and Approval of an Advisor
Dissertation (6 Hours)
Students are required to register for 6 hours of Dissertation, followed by at least 1 hour of GRD 7989 for every semester thereafter until the dissertation is completed. (Please also review the Dissertation section on the List of Academic Policies page.)
Concentration Requirements (18 Hours)
Focused Area of Study (12 or 15 Hours)
Select 12 or 15 hours of doctoral and graduate level courses with approval of the Doctoral Program Director. Students must have a focused area of study approved by the Doctoral Director prior to selecting this concentration.
Other Requirements for the EdD in Educational Leadership
- Dissertation: Required
- Proficiency: None required
- Candidacy: Required
- Qualifying Exam: Required
- Product of Learning: None required
- As required by UNC Board of Governors policy, doctoral students must remain enrolled in at least one hour each Fall and Spring semester until graduation once 6 dissertation semester hours are completed.
- The internship is typically a two-semester experience under the co-sponsorship of an appropriate educational agency and the Doctoral Program. The student will engage in activities designed to bring together the relationship of theory and practice associated with the student’s intended concentration. Students may substitute 3 hours of internship for an additional 3 hours of elective courses with approval of the Program Director.
Students entering the doctoral program with an EdS in Higher Education from ASU will have fulfilled the requirements for a concentration in Higher Education.