Apr 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Educational Leadership Ed.D. (Discontinued 2011)

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 This program is was eliminated in 2011. Students enrolled in this program must complete their degree by December 2012 or transfer to a different department. Degrees in Educational Leadership Ed.D. will not be awarded after December 2012.   

Ed.D in PK-12 Education Leadership

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is practitioner-oriented and tailored as much as possible to the professional needs of the individual student. The PK-12 Education Leadership doctorate provides the theoretical framework and practical applications needed for those interested in careers as public or private school administrators or in other fields calling for educational leadership.

The PK-12 Education Leadership doctorate is a cohort program. The program’s professional training stresses visionary leadership, collaborative problem solving, interpersonal and inter-group relations, and effective communications. A  unique feature of the program permits students to establish residency during two consecutive summers. It is flexibly structured, thus allowing the candidate to combine work on the degree with performance on the job, eliminating the need for extensive leaves of absences from work.

Admission Requirements

Students must first apply for admission through the university’s Graduate College. After an initial evaluation, the Graduate College forwards all of the materials to the Department of Educational Leadership for review. Current application deadlines are posted on the department program areas websites. Minimum admission requirements for UNLV’s Graduate College include:

  1. Completed application and nonrefundable admission and application fee;
  2. One copy of official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school, including verification of a master’s degree in educational administration or an approved equivalent.

More information is available on the Graduate College website.

Additional materials must be submitted directly to the Department of Educational Leadership. These include:

  1. Evidence of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university or an approved equivalent;
  2. Copies of all college transcripts with degrees posted;
  3. Three letters of professional recommendation;
  4. Satisfactory composite scores on the Graduate Record Examination’s General Test;
  5. A current professional resumé or vita;
  6. Verification of administrative or teaching experience or comparable employment in PK-12 education or related field.
  7. Evidence of writing ability
  8. Evidence of entry-level technology skills;
  9. Appropriate professional aspirations reflected in a personal statement.

After a review, the appropriate program faculty within the department will select students for interviews with departmental faculty based upon the application materials submitted to the Graduate College and the department. Each candidate’s final admission decision relies on an evaluation of all application materials including the interview.

Degree Requirements

The program consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours of study beyond the master’s degree, including the completion of a dissertation, which represents a minimum of 12 of those credits. It includes a two-semester residency core of 21 credit hours. Students must be continuously enrolled for at least three semester hours of course work throughout their program; the courses must be related to the student’s program or dissertation. Students must file a course of study with the Graduate College before the completion of 15 credit hours. Students must complete degree requirements within six calendar years of matriculation in the program. For additional information about the program, contact the department or visit the Department of Educational Leadership’s PK-12 Program area website.

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