Texas Tech University

Educational Leadership Ed.D.

The Spring 2018 application has closed

Attention Applicants: The Educational Leadership online doctoral program at Texas Tech University is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Courses are offered 100% online with opportunities for students to meet, work, and collaborate in doctoral summer institutes. Texas Tech University is a member of the Carnegie Project for the Educational Doctorate (CPED) and utilizes CPED principles and a National Consortium of CPED Universities to meet the complex needs of school leaders.
The doctoral program is currently accepting applications for a January 2019 cohort start.

Application deadline for January 2019 cohort is October 1st, 2018.

Program Overview

The Program is designed to prepare executive school leaders who can identify and implement research-based solutions to high-leverage problems of practice within a PreK-12 school district context. In a three-year sequence of defined courses concluding with a problem of practice dissertation, participants will deepen their abilities to lead instructional change, identify problems of practice, and implement interventions in their local educational organizations to improve student achievement.

Program Handbook

Degrees Offered

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - Applications can be from mid-summer through October 1 of calendar year for a spring cohort.

Career Opportunities With This Program

While traditional programs have been deemed to be preparation for central office leadership and the superintendent's role, the focus of the Educational Leadership Ed.D. program is to enhance and add value to leadership at both the campus and district organizations to positively impact student learning in PreK-12 classrooms. The program includes superintendent professional certification preparation as part of its integrated curriculum design.

Application Materials

All programs require that you submit an online application through the Graduate School.

College Transcripts – Send unofficial copies of all transcripts to the Texas Tech Graduate School at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu. The transcripts must be in PDF format and no larger than 2 MB. Multiple attachments per email will be accepted. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

* Official transcripts will be required during your first semester if you are admitted to your desired program.

* International applicants will need to submit additional materials. Please review the Graduate School website for more information.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Personal Statement of Interest, GRE Scores, 3 Professional Recommendations, Response to EDLD Problem of Practice Prompt (see Program Handbook for details). Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

GRE Scores

This program requires official GRE scores. Scores must not be more than 10 years old at the time of application. Official GRE scores must be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Texas Tech Graduate School. To register for the examination please visit the GRE Testing website. Texas Tech University's code is 6827.

Semester in which the program can be started

Cohorts begin each spring semester.

Estimated Hours to Completion

72 Hours

Allowable Transfer Hours

Participants are allowed to transfer a maximum of 12 approved hours from one or more accredited universities into the program at the discretion of assigned faculty advisor.


Completed applications are due by October 1, 2017 for the Spring 2018 cohort.

Tuition & Fees

Visit the Student Business Services website to estimate your costs.


Pam Smith
Senior Analyst

Dr. Kelly Trlica
(281) 414-0937