What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 54 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Does Not Admit
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Jan. 15

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

The educational leadership program advances the development and practice of effective educational leadership.

This program addresses educational leaders’ professional needs and supports their long-term career goals in leading schools, school districts and other education agencies in a complex, highly competitive global environment.

We provide senior-level administrators with the following:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to deal effectively with the complex issues facing education today
  • Methods of inquiry necessary to analyze educational problems
  • Leadership skills necessary to direct the development and implementation of programs to address those problems and to disseminate the results in various professional and public forums
  • Knowledge and applied skills rarely provided in traditional advanced degree programs in educational leadership in an alternative format that meets the needs of senior-level administrators.

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

The educational leadership program advances the development and practice of effective educational leadership.

This program addresses educational leaders’ professional needs and supports their long-term career goals in leading schools, school districts and other education agencies in a complex, highly competitive global environment.

We provide senior-level administrators with the following:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to deal effectively with the complex issues facing education today
  • Methods of inquiry necessary to analyze educational problems
  • Leadership skills necessary to direct the development and implementation of programs to address those problems and to disseminate the results in various professional and public forums
  • Knowledge and applied skills rarely provided in traditional advanced degree programs in educational leadership in an alternative format that meets the needs of senior-level administrators.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 54 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Does Not Admit
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Jan. 15

Program Highlights

Our program advances the development and practice of effective educational leadership by providing senior-level administrators with the following:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to deal effectively with the complex issues facing education today
  • Methods of inquiry necessary to analyze educational problems
  • Leadership skills necessary to direct the development and implementation of programs to address those problems and to disseminate the results in various professional and public forums
  • Knowledge and applied skills rarely provided in traditional advanced degree programs in educational leadership in an alternative format that meets the needs of senior-level administrators

Meet Our Graduates

 

Careers

Graduates of our program are serving in a variety of roles across Georgia and beyond.

Our alumni can be found as:

  • Superintendents
  • Associate superintendents
  • District administrators
  • Principals
  • Assistant principals
  • District and building level administrators
  • Leaders in education (foundations, think tanks and nonprofit organizations)

Program Details

Admission Requirements

When applying to the Educational Leadership, Ed.D. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with application)
  • Resume (upload with application)
  • Writing Sample (collected during interview)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (one from immediate supervisor; identify recommenders on your application)
  • Must have five years successful teaching or administrative experience
  • Must hold master’s degree
  • Official Transcript: minimum 3.30 graduate GPA required for admission
    • from all colleges/universities attended
  • GRE (50th percentile verbal and quantitative) or MAT (50th percentile) scores:
    • institution code 5251
    • scores may not be more than five years old at time of application

In order to meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

  • Georgia Ethics Assessment for Educational Leadership – Entry (370)
  • Click here for information and how to register for the Georgia Ethics Assessment for Educational Leadership.

Please Note:

Interviews will be conducted by department faculty — you will be notified if you are selected for an interview.

Program of Study

Required Courses (54):

  • EPEL 8000 Research in Educational Leadership and Organizational Culture (3)
  • EPEL 8020 Leadership for Change in a Diverse Society (3)
  • EPEL 8330 Advanced Law, Policy, and Governance (3)
  • EPEL 8420 Advanced Instructional Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 8500 Central Office Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 8620 Psychological Aspects of Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 8930 Applied Research (3)
  • EPEL 9000 Concepts of Leadership and Research in Educational Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 9970 Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership (3)
  • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading, and Assessment (3)
  • EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education I (3)
  • EPRS 8530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education I (3)
  • EPRS 8620 Program Evaluation I (3)
  • EPSF 8440 Curriculum Design and Analysis (3)
  • EPS 8360 Educational Policy Making and Analysis (3)
  • EPS 9990 Dissertation (9)
  • Other appropriate courses numbered 8000 to 8999 may be substituted into the program of study by the Educational Leadership unit and the Ed.D. cohort coordinator.

Program total: Minimum of 54 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Sheryl Cowart Moss
smoss13@gsu.edu
404-413-8277

Educational Policy Studies
gsuedlead@gsu.edu
404-413-8030

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 450
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State University’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.