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The 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. 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.

Coordinator of Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is Dr. Vernon Farrington. Dr. Farrington can be reached at vfarring@highpoint.edu or 336.841.4688; learn more about Dr. Farrington and the Education faculty here.  For more information check out the School of Education website or download an informational brochure today!

Ed.D cohort students have created their first newsletter, learn about program highlights and cohort members professional development here.

Tracy Collum is the Education graduate staff liaison. If you would like to tour campus or have general admission questions, you may call Tracy at 336.841.9447 or email her at tcollum@highpoint.edu.


Program Goals

The following program goals are directly aligned to the North Carolina Guiding Mission for Public P-12 Schools and to High Point University’s mission to “…deliver educational experiences that enlighten, challenge, and prepare students to lead lives of significance in complex global communities.”

1.   To train the prospective school executive in practices which are aligned to the guiding mission of N.C. public schools in creating Future-Ready and Globally Competitive students who are prepared for life in the 21st century.

2.   To assist the prospective school executive to understand the role of leadership as a collection of practices that must be embedded in all job roles and at all levels of the school district.

3.   To provide the prospective school executive with the skills needed to engage in transformational leadership so that large-scale sustainable improvements are consistently part of the basic modes of thinking and doing.

4.   To equip the prospective school executive with the tools needed to create systems and practices of distributed leadership which allows district-wide tasks to be accomplished proficiently.

5.   To assist the prospective school executive to skillfully align the various leadership systems of local boards of education, central office, schools, classrooms, etc. so that they are mutually supportive of each other.

6.   To assist the prospective school executive to understand the connection between the context of school district leadership with his/her own leadership character and practices.

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