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Doctor of Education Overview

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Program in Educational Leadership is designed to accommodate the active lives of professional educators who wish to continue the study of leadership roles in K-12 and school district settings. The Department of Teacher 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 program 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 candidates who exemplify high levels of knowledge, skills, ethical behavior, and commitment in educational leadership. 

The Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership enrolls students during the Spring semester of each year. This program does not lead to initial Administrator (K-12) licensure in MS; instead, candidates may add the AAAA level to their existing MS Educator License in Administration (K-12). Candidates 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. 

Contact

Dr. Ruthie S. Stevenson
Program Coordinator

Lowrey Hall 400B
Phone: 601.925.3403
Email: rstevens@mc.edu

General Admission Requirements

The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of seventy-two (72) hours above the master’s degree, inclusive of dissertation and statistics. A cohort-based program will require students to be continuously enrolled once they have been admitted. The Ed.D. program consists of four areas of study: (1) Educational Administration Core (39 hours), (2) Research and Statistics (12 hours), (3) Cognate (9 hours), and (4) Dissertation (a minimum of 12 hours).

Submit the following Admission credentials:

  • A completed application for admission to the Graduate Office (with all required information) 
  • A non-refundable $35.00 application fee 
  • A copy of all the official transcript(s) from previous collegiate work (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate), and any transferable graduate credit with a minimum GPA of 3.25 on master's, or specialist's, degree work from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Evidence of successful completion of an administrator preparation program for Educational Leadership 
  • A copy of the Educator license with Administrator credentials at the Master's (AA) or Specialist's level (AAA)

Submit the Admission credentials to:
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies
P.O. Box 4067
Clinton, MS 39058-4029

Submit the following Portfolio credentials to the Program Coordinator:

Application for Educational Leadership K-12 requires submission of a portfolio to Dr. Ruthie Stevenson, Coordinator of the Educational Leadership K-12 program. Place all materials in a file folder or binder without page protectors. The portfolio will not be returned; therefore, copies of all documents should be retained by the student. The portfolio must include the following items.

  • A completed application for admission to the Ed. D. program, Leadership K-12
  • A copy of the Educator license with Administrator credentials at the Master's (AA) or Specialist's level (AAA)
  • 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 750 words or fewer clearly communicating the applicant's interest in seeking the Doctor of Education degree including a summary of personal and professional goals (double-spaced)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success as an educational leader--one completed by the applicant’s principal or immediate supervisor (added to the portfolio once received by Graduate Office)
  • A curriculum vitae/resume

Submit the Portfolio credentials to:
Dr. Ruthie Stevenson
Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 4009
Clinton, MS 39058-4029

Application Deadline: Postmarked by September 15

Admission to the program is limited to 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. 

Contact

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

Dr. Jamilliah Longino
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education & Leadership
601.925.7768
jblongino@mc.edu

Dr. Martha B. D'Amico 
Chair, Teacher Education & Leadership
601.925.3226
mbdamico@mc.edu

Mississippi College Graduate and Professional Studies Office
601.925.3225
graduate@mc.edu

Portfolio Credentials

Application for Educational Leadership K-12 requires submission of a portfolio to Dr. Ruthie Stevenson, Coordinator of the Educational Leadership K-12 program. Place all materials in a file folder or binder without page protectors. The portfolio will not be returned; therefore, copies of all documents should be retained by the student. The portfolio must include the following items.

  • A completed application for admission to the Ed. D. program, Leadership K-12
  • A copy of the Educator license with Administrator credentials at the Master's (AA) or Specialist's level (AAA)
  • 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 750 words or fewer clearly communicating the applicant's interest in seeking the Doctor of Education degree including a summary of personal and professional goals (double-spaced)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success as an educational leader--one completed by the applicant’s principal or immediate supervisor (added to the portfolio once received by Graduate Office)
  • A curriculum vitae/resume

Please submit the Portfolio:

Dr. Ruthie S. Stevenson
Program Coordinator, Ed.D.
P.O. Box 4009
Clinton, MS 39058

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR ED.D. IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (K-12)


60 HOURS BEYOND MASTERS DEGREE PLUS A MINIMIMUM OF 12 DISSERTATION HOURS

Four Areas of Study

  • Educational Administration Core (39 hours)
  • Research and Statistics (12 hours)
  • Cognate (9 hours)
  • Dissertation (minimum of 12 hours)

EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION CORE (These courses must be taken by all doctoral students) 39 hrs

RESEARCH AND STATISTICS (These courses must be taken by all doctoral students) 12 hours

COGNATES (9 hours)

DISSERTATION (Minimum of 12 hours)

EDU 8880--Dissertation 

TOTAL: 72 SEM. HRS.