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Educational Leadership and Policy
Minimum Degree Hours: 68
For admission requirements see Educational Leadership & Policy .
PhD Program Information
Students complete course work in: educational leadership, policy, and organizations; content specialization in students in K12 or higher education, educational leadership/organizations, educational policy, or critical studies in education; research methods and apprenticeship; and independent research in the form of a dissertation.
Participating faculty in the Ph.D. program are highly skilled academicians who guide students to achieve their academic goals. The ELP department has many excellent faculty members in both K-12 and higher education. Profiles of the faculty, along with copies of their vitas are available on the department website. Dr. Larry Parker, the Director of Graduate Studies, can provide additional information about the program for interested individuals.
Program of Study
The student’s supervisory committee helps develop a coherent program of study and has final approval of all doctoral study. Upon enrollment in the program, students are assigned an advisor who works with them for the first two years of their program. During the second or third year of study, students identify a supervisory committee chair and committee members who will approve the student’s planned program of study which must be submitted to the Graduate School. Students are allowed to individually tailor the selection of courses to meet their individual interests and career goals. Typically, a Ph.D. student’s program of study will include 72 semester hours or more of total credit. Students must have a five-person supervisory committee, with the majority of committee members being regular full-time departmental faculty and at least member from outside the department or college.