Mississippi College

Doctor of Education Overview

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Program with an emphasis in Educational Leadership or Curriculum and Instruction is designed to accommodate the active lives of professionals who wish to assume leadership roles in K-12 settings. The Mississippi College School of Education and Leadership has an exemplary reputation for its preparation of professional educators who are knowledgeable, reflective, and prepared to positively impact the lives of all students.

The commitment and dedication of the leadership faculty is reflected in the vision, "...to produce the best prepared educational leaders in the history of Mississippi." It is with this vision constantly in mind that the faculty strives to prepare students who exemplify high levels of knowledge, skills, ethical behavior, and commitment. 

The Doctor of Education Program in Educational Leadership enrolls students during the Spring semester of each year. Students may enter with a master’s degree, but must complete the specialist degree before beginning doctoral level courses. The specialist degree requires a minimum of 40 semester hours. Students who enter with a specialist degree are required to complete a minimum of  45 semester hours, inclusive of the dissertation. 

For more information about the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership or Curriculum and Instruction, contact:

Dr. Ruthie Stevenson, Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership
Lowrey Hall 400B
Phone: 601.925.3403
Email: rstevens@mc.edu

Dr. Tommye C. Henderson, Program Coordinator for Curriculum and Instruction
Lowrey Hall 403
Phone: 6019257768
Email: hender02@mc.edu 

General Admission Requirements

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with an emphasis in Educational Leadership or Curriculum and Instruction is designed to accommodate the active lives of practicing professionals who wish to assume leadership roles in K-12 settings. The Doctor of Education degree requires a minimum of eighty-five (85) hours above the master’s degree, inclusive of dissertation and statistics.

Those individuals who wish to be considered for admission to the program should follow the steps listed below.

Submit the following admission credentials to:

The Graduate Office, P.O. Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058-4029

  • A completed application for admission to the Graduate Office (with all required information) 
  • A non-refundable $30.00 application fee 
  • One copy of all official transcripts from previous collegiate work (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and education specialist) and any transferable graduate credit 
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores earned within the last five years directly from Educational Testing Services to the Graduate Office. Application packets without scores will not be considered.

Submit the following application credentials to:

The School of Education, P. O. Box 4009, Clinton, MS 39058

Application for Educational Leadership K-12, submit to Dr. Ruthie Stevenson, Coordinator of the Educational Leadership K-12 program. Application for Curriculum and Instruction, submit to Dr. Tommye Henderson, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. Please do not use paper protectors or sleeves. Place all materials in a file folder or binder. The portfolio will not be returned; therefore, copies of all documents should be retained by the student. The portfolio must include:

  • A completed application for admission to the Ed. D. program, Leadership K-12, or
  • A completed application for admission to the Ed. D. program, C & I
  • Copies of master’s and specialist standard educator licenses
  • Documentation of a minimum of five (5) years of education experience
  • Documentation of two (2) years of experience in a leadership role
  • An essay of no more than 750 words on the reasons for seeking the Doctor of Education degree (The essay must be typed and double-spaced on white 8” x 11” paper, and should include a summary of personal and professional goals.)
    • Three (3) recommendations from professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success as an educational leader---One of the forms must be completed by the applicant’s principal or immediate supervisor. The candidate should also provide pre-addressed stamped envelopes to the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership.
      Recommendations can be sent directly to the program coordinator by the references. The recommendations will be added to the candidate’s portfolio by staff before it is reviewed.
    • Examples of applicant’s work as a professional educator (e.g., workshop, school program)

Application Deadline: Postmarked by September 15

Admission to the program is limited and is at the discretion of the Educational Leadership Screening and Selection Committee. Consult the Program Coordinator or the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership for additional information concerning the cohort group selection process and specific program requirements.

Only applicants who have completed all components of the application process will be considered. 

Dr. Ruthie S. Stevenson
Program Coordinator
601.925.3403
rstevens@mc.edu

Dr. Cindy Melton
Chair, Department of Teacher Education and Leadership
601.925.3478
cmelton@mc.edu

Mississippi College Graduate School
601.925.3225
graduate@mc.edu

Doctor of Education Courses

Specialist Level Advanced Leadership and Practicum 40 Hours
EDU 6519 Teaching and Learning 3 hours
EDU 6520 Basics of Effective Leadership 3 hours
EDU 6521 Organizational School and Community Effectiveness 3 hours
EDU 7501 Advanced Educational Research Applications 3 hours
EDU 7525PR27 Practicum in Leadership Models 1 hour
EDU 7525PR30 Practicum in Personnel Management 1 hour
EDU 7525PR31 Practicum in Leadership Dilemmas 1 hour
EDU 7525PR40 Practicum in School Finance 1 hour
EDU 7525PR41 Practicum in Legal Issues 1 hour
EDU 7525PR50 Practicum in Central Office Responsibilities 1 hour
EDU 7525PR51 Practicum in Superintendent Functions 1 hour
EDU 7527 Leadership Models and Applications 3 hours
EDU 7530 Issues and Concepts of Personnel Management 3 hours
EDU 7531 Seminar in Current Educational Dilemmas 3 hours
EDU 7540 Basics of School Finance and Fiscal Control of Schools 3 hours
EDU 7541 Legal Structures and Legal Issues Pertaining to School Operations 3 hours
EDU 7550 Central Office Structures, Roles and Responsibilities 3 hours
EDU 7551 Roles and Functions of the Superintendency and School Board Relations 3 hours

 

Doctoral Level Leadership Cohort/Cognate/Research Design
33 Hours
PSY 6505 Intermediate Statistics 3 hours
EDU 7601
Comparative Philosophies of Education
3 hours
EDU 7606 Advanced Statistics
3 hours
EDU 7710
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Designs in Education
3 hours
EDU 8120
Faith, Ethics, and Social Issues in Educational Leadership
3 hours
EDU 8125
Multiculturalism and Diversity
3 hours
EDU 8130
Instructional Supervision
3 hours
EDU 8135
Curriculum Panning and School Improvement
3 hours
  Cognate Core Courses
9 hours
EDU 8880
Dissertation
12 hours

Please do not use paper protectors or sleeves. Place all materials in a file folder. The portfolio will not be returned; therefore, copies of all documents should be retained by the student. The portfolio should consist of:

  • A completed application for the Ed.D. program, Leadership K-12, or
  • A completed application for the Ed. D. program, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Photocopy of master’s and specialist standard educator licenses
  • Documentation of a minimum of five (5) years of educational experience (e.g., a letter from the district’s personnel office)
  • Documentation of two (2) years of experience in a leadership role (e.g., team leader, department chair)
  • An essay of no more than 750 words on the reasons for seeking the Doctor of Education degree --- The essay must be typed and double-spaced on white 8” x 11” paper and should include a summary of personal and professional goals.
  • Three (3) recommendations from professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success as an educational leader---One of the forms must be completed by the applicant’s principal or immediate supervisor. The candidate should also provide pre-addressed stamped envelopes to the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership. Recommendations can be sent directly to the program coordinator by the references. The recommendations will be added to the candidate’s portfolio by staff before it is reviewed.
  • Examples of applicant’s work as a professional educator (e.g., workshop, school program)

Please submit to:

For Educational Leadership: Program Coordinator of Educational Leadership, K-12

Dr. Ruthie S. Stevenson
P.O. Box 4009
Clinton, MS 39058

For Curriculum and Instruction: Program Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Tommye Henderson
P. O. Box 4009
Clinton, MS 39058

 

 

Doctor of Education In Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction

Requirement Class Name Hours
Stage I Advanced Leadership & Practicum   40
EDU 6519 Teaching & Learning 3
EDU 6520 Basics of Effective Leadership 3
EDU 6521 Organizational School & Community Effectiveness 3
EDU 7501 Advanced Educational Research Applications 3
EDU 7530 Issues & Concepts of Personnel Management 3
EDU 7531 Seminar in Current Educational Leadership Dilemmas 3
EDU 7540 Basics of School Finance & Fiscal Control of Schools 3
EDU 7541 Legal Structures & Legal Issues Pertaining to School Operations 3
EDU 7560 Advanced Curriculum & Development 3
EDU 7561 Data-Driven Decision-Making 3
EDU 7570 Technology Trends in Curriculum & Instruction 3
Stage II Leadership Cohort/Cognate/Research Design   33
PSY 6505 Intermediate Statistics 3
EDU 7601 Comparative Philosophies of Education 3
EDU 7606 Advanced Statistics  3
EDU 7710 Qualitative & Quantitative Research Designs in Education 3
EDU 8120 Faith, Ethics, & Social Issues in Educational Leadership 3
EDU 8125 Multiculturalism & Diversity 3
EDU 8130 Instructional Supervision 3
EDU 8135 Curriculum Planning & School Improvement 3
  Cognate Core Courses 8
Stage III   12
EDU 8880 Dissertation 12
Total Hours   85

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Leadership

Requirement Class Name Hours
Stage I Advanced Leadership & Practicum   40
EDU 6519 Teaching & Learning 3
EDU 6520 Basics of Effective Leadership 3
EDU 6521 Organizational School & Community Effectiveness 3
EDU 7501 Advanced Educational Research Applications 3
EDU 7527 Leadership Models & Applications 3
EDU 7530 Issues & Concepts of Personnel Management 3
EDU 7531 Seminar in Current Educational Leadership Dilemmas 3
EDU 7540 Basics of School Finance & Fiscal Control of Schools 3
EDU 7541 Legal Structures & Legal Issues Pertaining to School Operations 3
EDU 7550 Central Office Structures, Roles, & Responsibilities 3
EDU 7551 Roles & Functions of the Superintendency & School Board Relations 3
Stage II Leadership Cohort/Cognate/Research Design   33
PSY 6505 Intermediate Statistics 3
EDU 7601 Comparative Philosophies of Education 3
EDU 7606 Advanced Statistics  3
EDU 7710 Qualitative & Quantitative Research Designs in Education 3
EDU 8120 Faith, Ethics, & Social Issues in Educational Leadership 3
EDU 8125 Multiculturalism & Diversity 3
EDU 8130 Instructional Supervision 3
EDU 8135 Curriculum Planning & School Improvement 3
  Cognate Core Courses 9
Stage III   12
EDU 8880 Dissertation 12
Total Hours   85

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