Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership - Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration, EdD

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Program Code: EDD_702J_1
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 Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information

Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program. No exam waiver is automatic and 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. More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin .

Course Requirements for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

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.
  • The program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the student’s master’s degree. All students must take at least 48 semester hours of doctoral coursework (or a combination of doctoral coursework and approved EdS courses).
  • Students entering the doctoral program with an EdS in Higher Education from Appalachian will have fulfilled the requirements for a concentration in Higher Education.
  • Students who hold an earned EdS degree from Appalachian State will be exempt from 24 - 30 credit hours of course work in the doctoral program. A student who holds an EdS from a regionally accredited university may be exempt from up to 30 credit hours of coursework in the doctoral program. The exemption is not automatic. Specific EdS coursework that might substitute for doctoral coursework will be identified after evaluation of eligible courses by the Program Director. All other degree requirements remain in effect. For further information on exemptions, contact the program director.

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