ELC Graduate Programs

Our department seeks to prepare thoughtful and effective leaders in education through programs of study that are interdisciplinary in focus and that emphasize questions of moral concern, the cultural context of education, and a reconstructive vision for excellent and equitable schooling. Currently, the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) offers degrees in the following academic program areas:  

Admissions

Future Students

Students in our programs represent a broad range of concerns, contexts, and backgrounds which generate dynamic conversations, collaborations, and scholarly work in courses with faculty as well as in sites that extend beyond the classroom. As a program that constantly grows from new insights, we are interested in learning from and with you! 

Prospective students apply to all of our academic programs through Graduate Apply. Faculty members then engage in a collaborative, rigorous review of applicants. 

ELC ADMISSION PROCESS 

Admissions decisions are based on an applicant’s full set of application materials. All evidence about a prospective student, including criteria for selection, work experience, letters of reference and recommendations, and the individual’s personal statement will be considered in making admissions decisions.  

In certain cases, applicants may be granted provisional admission, with a stipulation that they will be granted full admission upon successfully completing a specified number of coursework credits in the program.  

Click a program below to learn more about deadlines and the criteria for selection for each specific program.  

Master of School Administration

APPLICATION CRITERIA

The UNC Greensboro School of Education’s and Graduate School’s formal admission requirements specify the following for the MSA program:

  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better during the last half of the bachelor’s degree, or a GPA of 3.5 during the master’s degree

Admissions decisions are based on an applicant’s full set of application materials. All evidence about a prospective student, including the criteria listed above, work experience, letters of reference and recommendations, and the individual’s personal statement will be considered in making admissions decisions. In certain cases, applicants may be granted provisional admission, with a stipulation that they will be granted full admission upon successfully completing a specified number of coursework credits in the program. Faculty members engage in a collaborative, rigorous review of applicants.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

The Department’s formal admission requirements for masters are the following:

  • three letters of recommendation with a minimum of one recommendation from a principal/supervisor who has recent knowledge of the applicant’s leadership capabilities and potential;
  • completion of the District-Verification-for-Principal-Licensure-Candidates-1 document by the school district agreeing to support the candidate in participating in authentic, action-oriented, service-learning, outcomes-based activities and a year-long internship;
  • transcripts from all universities attended;
  • a written statement that clearly articulates the applicant’s interest in and potential for school leadership; and addresses the following:
    • Page 1: Briefly detail your professional goals and why you chose ELC
    • Pages 2-4: Respond to 2 of the 3 prompts listed here:
      1. The most critical issue in education today is…
      2. The leadership of a school makes all the difference because…
      3. North Carolina schools could improve by…
    • Note: Please title each topic accordingly.
    • a resumè that provides detailed information regarding the applicant’s previous professional and leadership experiences, including three years of professional education experience.
    • After initial application screening, interviews may be conducted.
  • Applications for the MSA program are reviewed once per year during April and must be completely submitted by March 31. Applicants who intend to apply for Principal Fellows must submit their applications by January 15.

EDD in Education Leadership

APPLICATION CRITERIA

The UNC Greensboro School of Education’s and Graduate School’s formal admission requirements specify the following for the EdD program:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the master’s degree
  • Acceptable score on the GRE or MAT examination

Admissions decisions are based on an applicant’s full set of application materials. All evidence about a prospective student, including the criteria listed above, work experience, letters of reference and recommendations, and the individual’s personal statement will be considered in making admissions decisions. In certain cases, applicants may be granted provisional admission, with a stipulation that they will be granted full admission upon successfully completing a specified number of coursework credits in the program. Faculty members engage in a collaborative, rigorous review of applicants.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The Department’s formal admission requirements for doctoral studies are the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to the applicant’s leadership potential and academic abilities;
  • GRE or MAT scores from the past 5 years;
  • Transcripts from all universities the applicant has attended;
  • A resumé that provides detailed information regarding the applicant’s previous professional and leadership experiences
  • A personal statement that addresses your career goals and responds to one or more of the prompts below. Your response should be 3 – 5 pages (double space) in length:
    • Why do you wish to pursue studies toward the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in Educational Leadership in UNC Greensboro’s ELC department?
    • What does it mean to have a culture of social justice? How can/should schools bring this about?

Our deadline to be considered for fall admission is April 15.

PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Foundations

APPLICATION CRITERIA

The UNC Greensboro School of Education’s and Graduate School’s formal admission requirements specify the following for the PhD program:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the master’s degree

Admissions decisions are based on an applicant’s full set of application materials. All evidence about a prospective student, including the criteria listed above, work experience, letters of reference and recommendations, and the individual’s personal statement will be considered in making admissions decisions. In certain cases, applicants may be granted provisional admission, with a stipulation that they will be granted full admission upon successfully completing a specified number of coursework credits in the program. Faculty members engage in a collaborative, rigorous review of applicants.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The Department’s formal admission requirements for doctoral studies are the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities;
  • Writing sample;
  • Transcripts from all universities the applicant has attended;
  • Write a 2-3 page personal statement that:
    • Describes why you wish to pursue this PhD program, how it connects with your personal/professional goals, and what prerequisites prepare you for this program.
  • Applications for the PhD program are reviewed once per year during January and must be completely submitted by December 1st.
    • Please note that although Apply Yourself may indicate that your application has been submitted, this does not mean it is COMPLETE. All application materials must be completed in Apply Yourself before the materials will be released to the department for review.

TAKING COURSES AS A NON-DEGREE STUDENT

Students can take several courses before formal admission into a degree program as a non-degree student. Information about non-degree enrollment is available at:  https://grs.uncg.edu/prospective/visitingapplicants/

FAQs

HOW MANY CREDIT HOURS IS EACH PROGRAM (M.ED., ED.S., PH.D., ED.D.)?

  • MSA.: 42 credits
  • Ed.D.: 54 credit hours (up to 18 hours from the UNCG Ed.S. program can be applied to it.
  • Ed.S.: 33 credit hours

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

The Phd on the average takes 5 years, some less to complete the degree. The graduate school allows 7 years to complete the degree. If a student takes 9 credits (= full time) a semester, 48 hours of courses will be completed in 2.5 years (with one summer session), if taking 6 credits, students will be done with coursework in 3.5 (if courses are taken during the summer too). Then approximately 1.5-2 years are dedicated to comprehensive exams, proposal and dissertation completion.

  • Master of School Administration (MSA): 2 years to complete
  • Ed.S.: 2 years to complete
  • Ed.D.: If the student completed the EdS at UNCG, it will typically take 2-3 years to complete the EdD. Otherwise, it will typically take 4-5 years to complete the EdD.

HOW MANY CREDIT HOURS DOES A STUDENT TYPICALLY TAKE EACH SEMESTER, AND WHAT IS THE MINIMUM FOR MAINTAINING FINANCIAL AID?

Full time enrollment is 9 credit hours per semester. Financial Aid requires that students enroll in at least 4.5 credits per semester to be eligible. Students who have a graduate assistantship can be counted as full time if they only take 6 credits. Once students enter into candidacy (once proposal is approved) 3 credits of 799 is considered full time.

HOW ARE COURSES OFFERED (SYNCHRONOUS ONLINE, ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE, FACE TO FACE, ETC.)?

Most courses are offered F2F, but a few number of them are hybrid or online.

WHEN ARE FACE TO FACE COURSES OFFERED?

M-Th 4:00-6:50 or 7:00-9:50pm. The courses are offered on campus

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EDD AND PHD?

In the Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations department, the EdD is typically completed by K-12 administrators/practitioners and most courses involve looking at education from a leadership lens in the K-12 realm. The PhD looks more broadly at education as it exists both inside and outside schools; students come from a similarly wide range of professional backgrounds. Both programs culminate in a dissertation, and there is sufficient flexibility in both program’s plans of study for students to take courses in both realms.