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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5 years
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Begin your Ph.D. in educational leadership at UNT and help change education for the better.
The Ph.D. program prepares individuals to conduct and evaluate research that will expand knowledge in educational leadership.

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Why Earn an Educational Leadership Ph.D.?

Typically, the PhD student plans a career as a university professor, a policy analyst, or a research director in a state or local education agency. The Ph.D. program prepares you to become a researcher and scholar.

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration seeks to improve educational practice through the generation of knowledge and to prepare education professionals who serve all students in an effective, inclusive and equitable manner. Its focus is on the preparation of highly competent educators, researchers and administrators who employ current theory and research as they fill these important roles. The department also provides service to educational institutions, governmental agencies and practitioners at all levels.

Marketable Skills
  • Lead learning organizations using research
  • Produce new educational leadership knowledge
  • Develop collaborative/shared learning culture
  • Advocate for social justice
  • Apply theory and research to practice

Educational Leadership Ph.D. Highlights

College of Education ranked 1st in the North Texas region among public graduate schools, 3rd among public graduate schools in Texas, 68th among public graduate schools and 89th overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
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Faculty advisors will assist you in your efforts to successfully complete and earn your selected doctoral degree. EDLE faculty possess training and experience as principals, central office administrators, assistant superintendents and superintendents.
The Donald A. Buchholz Scholarship is intended for doctoral students enrolled in educational leadership.
The Mike Moses Endowed Fellowship supports advanced Ed.D. and Ph.D. students with a one year campus research fellowship.
The College of Education is regionally and nationally recognized for excellence in preparing teachers, administrators, counselors, kinesiology and health promotion specialists, play therapists and other educators.

What Can You do With an Educational Leadership Ph.D.?

Ph.D. students often have careers as a university professor, a policy analyst, or a research director in a state or local education agency.

Educational Leadership Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Professional Learning CommunitiesResearch and Practice(3 hrs)
Use of current research and practice to investigate the characteristics of professional learning community (PLC) theory and application in EC–12 school settings. Students examine current learning community literature and analyze available practical application strategies in schools. Also addresses adult learning theory and applies that to collaborative real world education context for the purpose of school improvement and student achievement.
Politics of Educational Administration (3 hrs)
Focuses on politics as it impacts educational administration. Starting with an exploration of the political systems model as a means of analysis, the course examines educational policy development at the local, state and federal levels. The roles of change agents, interest groups, lobbyists, the media and other political players are examined. Implications for administrative behavior are discussed.
Seminar in Advanced Educational Finance (3 hrs)
Problems and issues involved in financing the public schools. The context and methodology of the course are suitable for educators working at all levels in the public schools and are directly relevant to their current problems and needs.
Administration and Supervision of the Instructional Program (3 hrs)
Major issues, problems and trends in the EC–12 curriculum, from an administrative and supervisory point of view. Special emphasis is given to the role of organizational leadership and to strategies for stimulating, implementing and evaluating alternatives in curriculum and instruction.
Statistics for Educational Research (3 hrs)
Application of statistical techniques to research in education; the development of skills in interpreting statistical concepts. Analysis of variance and covariance, multiple comparisons, non-parametric statistics and multiple correlation.
Theories of Organizational Development and Reform (3 hrs)
Study of major theories of organizational development and change that provide foundations for educational administration and leadership. Connections are made among theory, research and practice.

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