Stout School of Education

Doctorate in Educational Leadership


The doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership engages adult learners in a rigorous, creative and meaningful learning experience. The program is practitioner-based, and built upon professional experiences that focus on transformational leaders who strive to create educational systems that are grounded in research, are culturally responsive, strategic, and 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 enrolled in the doctoral program are provided with two separate areas of concentration from which to choose. Adult learners enrolled in the Administration concentration will take coursework designed to prepare them for careers in upper-level administrative roles. The Instructional concentration is designed for candidates who may wish to continue serving in an instructional role and focuses on curriculum development, culturally relevant pedagogy, supervision and evaluation of instructional programs.  

For more information about the Ed.D. program, contact Dr. Dustin Johnson, Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies.

Spring 2019 Weekend Schedule for All Cohorts

January 18 and 19
February 15 and 16
March 22 and 23
April 5 and 6
April 26 and 27
May 3 and 4 (Exams)

Program of Study
Program Goals and Objectives
Cohort V– Suggested Plan of Study (Leadership and Instructional Strands)
Complete Course Descriptions

18 and 36 Hour Reviews
18 Hour Review Rubric 2018
36 Hour Review Rubric 2018
Leadership Disposition Evaluation

Doctoral Handbooks
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Handbook 2018-2019
Ed.D. Comprehensive Exam Handbook 2018-2019
Ed.D. Internship Handbook 2018-2019
Ed.D. Dissertation in Professional Practice Handbook 2018-2019 (Stout School of Education)
Ed.D Traditional Dissertation Handbook 2018-2019 (Stout School of Education)
Thesis, Capstone Project & Dissertation Guide (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 2017 Newsletter

Fall 2016 Newsletter
Winter 2016 Newsletter
Spring 2017 Newsletter
Summer 2017 Newsletter


Graduate Admissions
Norcross Hall
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

Phone: 336-841-9198
Fax: 336-841-9024

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