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Teacher Education & Leadership

Doctor of Education

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program at Mississippi College offers a doctoral degree to K-12 school leaders interested in educational management.

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Degree (Ed.D)

At Mississippi College, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership degree is designed to accommodate the active lives of professional educators who wish to continue the study of educational management in K-12 and school district settings. The Ed.D. program enrolls students during the Spring semester of each year. Offering flexibility to our doctoral candidates, students may choose between evening courses or weekend courses.

Program Overview

The Department of Teacher Education and Leadership at Mississippi College has an exemplary reputation for its preparation of professional educators who are knowledgeable, reflective and prepared to positively impact the lives of all students.

Reflected in the Ed.D. program vision, our mission is "to produce the best prepared educational leaders in the history of Mississippi." It is with this vision in mind that our dedicated faculty strive to prepare doctoral candidates who exemplify high levels of knowledge, skills, ethical behavior and commitment to leadership. Our doctoral degree in education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

To earn their Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, the typical student must take 60 semester hours beyond a master’s degree in addition to 12 dissertation hours. Students who enter with a specialist degree are required to complete a minimum of 45 semester hours, inclusive of the dissertation. If the student has a specialist degree upon enrollment, the doctoral coursework can be completed within one year. This Ed.D. program does not lead to initial Administrator (K-12) licensure in Mississippi (MS); instead, candidates may add the AAAA level to their existing MS Educator License in Administration (K-12).

According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Mississippi and Louisiana were in the top five states for the highest concentration of jobs in K-12 administration, demonstrating the opportunity in this rewarding field for those who earn a doctorate in education.


Earn your Ed.D in Educational Leadership at Mississippi College

Mississippi College’s doctoral degree in Education Leadership provides our Ed.D candidates with the knowledge, skills and strategies to be effective educators and leaders in K-12 settings. 

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