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cped_consortium_member_2014The Doctoral Degree Program in Educational Leadership is a practitioner-based, professional experience that focuses on the practices transformational leaders need to create educational systems that are grounded in research, are culturally responsive, strategic, and which ultimately improve student learning.

The 60-hour program of study reflects the visionary thinking needed for leadership in today’s 21st century educational organizations. It emphasizes effective leadership including strategic planning, using data to make instructional improvements, building a culture of trust and understanding how theory guides the educational leader to solve problems of practice.

Candidates will also have the opportunity to take courses in Strategic Communication through the Nido Qubein School of Communication. Graduate courses will be delivered using an Executive Cohort model which is designed to accommodate the working professional, emphasizes problem-based learning, action research, and field-based projects using authentic school district data and artifacts.  As of 2014, High Point University is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate or CPED.

For more information about the Ed.D. program, contact Dr. James Davis, Coordinator.


2016-2017 Calendar of Events

Fall 2016 Weekend Schedule for All Cohorts
August 26 and August 27
September 30 and October 1
October 28 and October 29
November 11 and November 12
December 2 and December 3

Program of Study
Program Goals and Objectives
2016-2017 Program of Study Sequence
Cohort II  – Suggested Plan of Study
Cohort III – Suggested Plan for Study
Cohort IV – Suggested Plan of Study
Complete Course Descriptions

18 Hour Review
18 Hour Review Rubric

36 Hour Review
36 Hour Review Rubric
Guidelines Governing the Selection of the University Doctoral Committee

Educational Leadership Handbooks
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Handbook 2016-2017
Application for Transfer Credit Form
Ed.D. Comprehensive Exam Handbook
Ed.D. Internship Handbook
Ed.D. Dissertation in Professional Practice Handbook 2016-2017 (School of Education)
Thesis, Capstone Project & Dissertation Guide 2015 – 2016 (Norcross Graduate School)


Ed.D. Program Resources for Current Students
This link provides additional resources including forms, gateways, electronic evidence descriptions and rubrics, research resources, and information related to the Dissertation in Professional Practice.


Fall 2016 Newsletter