Stout School of Education

Doctorate in Educational Leadership


The Doctoral Degree programs in Educational Leadership and Instructional Leadership are practitioner-based, professional experiences that focus 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 enrolled in the Educational Leadership strand will take coursework designed to prepare them for careers in upper-level administrative roles. The Instructional Leadership strand, with a focus on Urban Education, provides an option for candidates who may wish to continue serving in an instructional role.

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. Dustin Johnson, Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies.

2017 – 2018 Calendar of Events

Fall 2018 Weekend Schedule for All Cohorts

August 24 and 25
September 21 and 22
October 26 and 27
November 16 and 17
November 30 and December 1
December 7 and 8 (Exams)

Summer 2018 Weekend Schedule

EDU 7174. June 1, June 29, July 13, July 21
EDU 7175. June 2, June 30, July 14
EDU 7274. June 1, June 29, July 21
EDU 7371. May 19, June 2, June 9, June 16
EDU 7373. June 22, June 30, July 7, July 14
EDU 7400. June 2, June 30, July 14

Program of Study
Program Goals and Objectives
Cohort III – Suggested Plan for Study
Cohort IV – Suggested Plan of Study
Cohort V/VI – Suggested Plan of Study (Leadership and Instructional Strands)
Complete Course Descriptions

18 and 36 Hour Reviews
18 Hour Review Rubric 2017
36 Hour Review Rubric 2017
Leadership Disposition Evaluation

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