Texas Tech University

Educational Leadership Ed.D. (Online)

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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

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, 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.

Estimated Hours to Completion

60 Hours (48 credit hours of coursework, 12 credit hours dissertation research)

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.


Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2020 semester.

Tuition & Fees

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Beth Watson
Academic Advisor

Dr. Fernando Valle
Educational Leadership Program Coordinator


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