An Educational Leadership Doctoral Degree

The Educational Leadership Doctor of Education (EdD) prepares educators to assume a variety of roles in...

  • P-12 district leadership
  • Applied Research
  • Advocacy
  • Teaching in higher education

Critical reading, analysis of data, and original research are emphasized in addition to content courses in individualized areas of concentration. The principal licensure, administrator licensure and research concentrations allow students to design their program to best fit their career goals and interests.

This program is delivered primarily face-to-face over six Saturdays each semester. Face-to-face courses are supplemented with online components, as well as three courses which are delivered entirely online. You will meet with fellow leaders in your area, but still be able to fit the program around your work and family life.

A Practical Focus

The EdD degree differs from a PhD program by requiring one or two less research courses. The EdD program at UNC focuses on the application of theory and research to practice, while a PhD program would place a greater emphasis on pure theory and research. The EdD is regarded as equal to a PhD by school districts and universities across the nation.

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Coursework will take 2-2 ½ years and is delivered primarily in a face-to-face format over six Saturdays each semester. Face-to-face courses are supplemented with online components, as well as three courses which are delivered entirely online. Dissertation proposal and research will take place after completion of required coursework.


Credits Required

  • Post-Master’s Students – 64 hours including dissertation
  • Post-EdS Students – 42 hours including dissertation

Students may obtain the EdD degree while also working concurrently on a principal or administrator license, which could require additional coursework.


Course of Study

This program features a blend of required learning experiences with individualized program development to reflect the personal, professional, and academic goals of each student. Each doctoral student admitted to the program works with an advisor and a program planning committee to develop a plan of study. For reference, please see:

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