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EdD in Educational Leadership

From the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy


The doctorate in educational leadership is a performance-based program designed to prepare school leaders to improve school systems. This program of study, in partnership with Georgia school districts, develops outstanding scholars who can lead schools and school districts into the next century.

Research and study areas include:

  • Education law and ethics
  • School- and district-level leadership
  • Managing and using data in the school-improvement process
  • Leading in a diverse society
  • Providing leadership that enhances learning
  • Analyzing relationships among school boards, superintendents, and school leaders.

Quick Facts

  • Cohort-based, three year program
  • Offered on two campuses: Athens and Gwinnett
  • Taught by renowned faculty in educational leadership, policy, and law
Admissions Information

Deadline to apply: March 1 (fall only)

Academics / Curriculum

The 55-hour cohort program combines coursework, hands-on research, and practice. Students develop the tools to diagnose problems, develop new solutions, and evaluate the success of these changes. The research component helps students analyze data within districts, and the program ends with a dissertation specific to each student’s interest.

Faculty are nationally recognized for their research, teaching, and practice in the areas of educational leadership, policy, and school law.

The Student Experience

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The cohort format allows students to have a sense of community within the program. Students also gain experience through a supervised residency program that allows them to practice their new leadership skills through direct interaction with staff, students, parents, and community leaders.

Career Outlook

Graduate Placements

Data reflects graduates of the degree program as a whole, not any one specialization.

Year Continuing School Employed Full-Time Employed Part-Time Unemployed Other
20131 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
20121 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Where Alumni Are

The state of Georgia
86% Georgia
The state of Florida
4% Florida
The state of North Carolina
2% North Carolina

Admissions Information

Deadline to apply: March 1 (fall only)

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