Educational Administration and Leadership K-12 Ed.D.

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: ELHE

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Graduate Director:
Dr. John Eller

Program Overview

The applied doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership is designed for experienced school leaders to provide a practical, rigorous and meaningful advanced program of study to enhance skills, knowledge and dispositions to successfully meet the demands associated with the leadership of schools and school systems operating in dynamic political, social, cultural, and economic arenas. This is a terminal degree program which will interface with administrative licensure programs offered at the graduate level at accredited colleges and universities.

  • Faculty members are accomplished professionals with experience in the field.
  • A cohort approach is offered with up to 15 students progressing together through the curriculum.  This fosters a learning community where students support one another and provides a network after graduation.
  • A new cohort typically starts each fall semester on the St. Cloud campus or at the Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove. International students may attend the program in either location. 
  • A weekend model (Friday evening and all day Saturday) of course delivery makes it a great choice for working professionals. 
  • Coursework may be completed in six semesters (two years).  Completion of the dissertation proposal, research, and final defense vary depending on the student’s research time line.
  • Students usually take two courses per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and concentrate on one course at a time. Each course typically meets three weekends.
  • Course learning typically takes place in the classroom. Some online assignments and hybrid courses may be offered.
  • The program infuses internationalization and globalization into the curriculum.


The mission of the Doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership is to advance the skills, knowledge, and dispositions of school practitioners to promote high quality administration of PK-12 schools and school districts benefiting students, communities, and the global society. This mission is grounded in the St. Cloud State University mission of “commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and service fostering scholarship and enhancing collaborative relationships in a global community.

Admission Information

The Educational Administration and Leadership Ed.D. program begins a new cohort each fall semester. When applying for a doctoral program, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) serves as a liaison between the applicant and the doctoral program. Application materials should be sent to the School of Graduate Studies. Once all application materials are received, the SGS will forward materials to the doctoral program for review and an interview will be scheduled.  Thereafter, an admission recommendation will be forwarded to the SGS for a final decision and notification to the applicant.

  • Have a master’s degree in education or related field.
  • Hold an administrative licensure (preferred but not required) such as principal, superintendent, special education director, or similar license.
  • Admissions interviews will be conducted and admission decisions will be made following each deadline date. 

Length of Program — Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: four to five semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
  • During the academic school year courses are scheduled on weekends and evenings.
  • Summer courses are scheduled in one-week blocks. 

Waitlist Information

  • Competition for limited places in the EDAD program requires the necessity of a waitlist.

Degree Map

*Course sequence is subject to change.





Year One

EDAD 803 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 828 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 807 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 804 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 829 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 815 (3 Cr.)

Year Two

EDAD 824 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 821 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 823 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 827 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 806 (3 Cr.)

EDAD 899 (3 Cr.)

Year Three

EDAD 899 (6 Cr.)

EDAD 899 (3 cr.)

Steps for Admission and Completion of Program

Step 1

Submit Application Materials for Admission

Step 2

Interview with Doctoral Faculty Member(s)
Take Writing Essay Assessment

Step 3

Admission to Program
Register for Coursework
Obtain SCSU Campus Card
Obtain your HuskyNet E-mail Account

Step 4

Doctoral Program Orientation
International Student Orientation
School of Graduate Studies Orientation

Step 5

Begin Program Coursework
Develop Program of Study including Transferred Courses

Step 6

Selection of Doctoral Dissertation Committee

Step 7

Take Qualifying Examination
Pass Qualifying Examination/Advancement to Candidacy

Step 8

Successful Completion of Required Coursework
Begin Dissertation Course

Step 9

Dissertation Proposal
Dissertation Proposal Approved
IRB Application and Approval
Begin Study

Step 10

Dissertation Final Defense
Completion of Dissertation Course
Submit Formatted and Approved Dissertation for Binding
Apply for Graduation

Step 11

Attend Graduation Ceremony/Degree Conferred

Step 12

Post-Graduation Follow-Up

Career Opportunities

  • The average salary of those with a doctorate degree is 20% higher than those with a master’s degree.*
  • Most schools require a master’s or doctoral degree with many states requiring a licensure as a school administrator.**
  • Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020.**
  • Earning a doctorate places you at the pinnacle of a field where top-level employment opportunities within larger schools and districts are within reach anywhere in the world.
  • Earning a doctorate provides you with a competitive advantage when seeking employment opportunities.
  • Earning a doctorate provides valuable personal development for professionals at all stages of their career.

*Ewert, S. (Feb. 2012). What It’s Worth: Field of Training and Economic Status in 2009.  U.S. Census Bureau.  P70-129. Retrieved from

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Postsecondary Education Administrators, on the Internet at