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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Texas Tech University's Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare key leaders in school districts and college or university faculty. The program's primary focus is the preparation of leaders who are reflective professionals developing vision and acquiring skills to reform, renew, and improve schools and school systems that cultivate democratic learning communities that value social justice and equity.

Program Overview

  • 96-99 credit hours
  • Coursework is completed using a variety of instructional methods. Heavy attendance is required at one of Texas Tech University's regional sites - TTU at Fredericksburg, TTU at Highland Lakes, TTU Center at Junction or Angelo State University.
  • Cohort students follow a predetermined schedule of courses. Course rotation varies by cohort.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University.
Related Programs:
Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Principal Professional Certification Preparation

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  • Phone: 806.742.7227, choose option 1

Application Process

The Educational Leadership program faculty will review applicants' admission materials once each year. For consideration, complete applications must be submitted by October 15th of each year. Learn more.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.
    • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
      • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
      • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Learn more.
  2. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education.
    • For advisement on the admissions process, please contact one of the program faculty members.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or general scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  4. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

  1. Core Curriculum (24 semester hours)
    1. College of Education Foundation Core (9 semester hours)
    2. Research and Statistics Core (15 semester hours)
  2. Major (42 semester hours)
    1. General Core (21 semester hours)
    2. Advanced Core (21 semester hours)
    3. Dissertation Hours (12 semester hours)
  3. Minor or related fields (15 semester hours)

    In addition to the core requirement, the Doctor of Education degree program allows a minimum of 15 semester hours in a minor or related field. The doctoral student is allowed to have a selection of courses that permits him or her to have more flexibility in their major area of emphasis. If there is no minor or related field, 15 semester hours are added to the major.

    A minor focuses on courses in a clearly defined area of study. Related fields focus on courses from several areas of study. If a student wants to include a minor in the doctoral degree plan, there must be a representative from the minor area of study on the doctoral advisory committee, and the qualifying exam must include a focus on the minor area of study. If a student selects related fields courses, there does not have to be a representative from the related fields on the doctoral advisory committee. Including a focus in the related fields on the qualifying exam is optional.

  4. Doctoral Dissertation (12 semester hours)

    A student must enroll in Doctor of Education 8000 to take dissertation hours during the development of the student's dissertation proposal and the dissertation.