Texas Tech University

Educational Leadership Ed.D. (Online)

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.

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

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TechLEAD M.Ed. with Policy Concentration Ed.D. Ph.D.
Prepares working teachers interested in pursuing careers as principals in Texas Prepares graduates for non-certified employment positions or to continue to a doctoral degree Improves and enhances the skills of executive school leaders Prepares graduates to be critically engaged educational policymakers
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Become a principal or other district leader Work in education, government, non-profits, advocacy groups, etc. Administrative leadership in educational institutions, e.g. school districts Focus on scholarly practice, research, or teaching at university level
Internship or field experience required Internship not required, but practical application recommended Internship or demonstration of proficiency in program evaluation Practical experiences in research and scholarly communication
Capstone Project Non-Thesis Dissertation Dissertation

Degrees Offered

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

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

Applicants must have a Master's degree to be considered for this program.

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. 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.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Personal Statement of Interest, 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.

Estimated Hours to Completion

66 hours (54 credit hours of coursework, 12 credit hours dissertation research), plus 30 post-Master's transfer hours for a total of 96* credit hours

* Students seeking superintendent certification should contact Dr. Joe Claudet (joe.claudet@ttu.edu).


Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2023 semester.

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Chance WebbAcademic Advisor/AdmissionsOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentgradadmissions.educ@ttu.edu806-834-6768

Claudet, Joseph G., Ph.D.Associate Professor of Educational LeadershipEducational Psychology & Leadershipjoe.claudet@ttu.edu 806-834-1076


Fast Facts

  • Delivery: Online
  • Hours to Completion: 96*
  • Now accepting applications for: Spring 2023
  • Maximum Transfer Hours: 30

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