Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC)

The EdD: General Overview 

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The Doctor of Education (EdD) program in Educational Leadership at UNC Greensboro School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations (ELC) is designed to offer K-12 educational administrators and other K-12 educational leaders a unique and research-based. The EdD combines authentic scholarly inquiry with exposure to site-based best practices. 

The EdD in Educational Leadership requires commitment to the pursuit of four ambitious goals: in-depth inquiry and research on issues and topics related to educational administration and leadership, leadership for improvement in teaching and learning, equity and social justice for all students, and the development of schools as democratic communities.

The EdD without License

The EdD is a 54 credit program, with 42 coursework credits and 12 credits related to the dissertation. In our doctoral program, courses are offered through blended (online and Face-to-Face) course formats. It also engages students in a fully supportive yet independent dissertation experience. The EdD non-license is intended for individuals who have substantive experience in K-12 leadership roles outside of the classroom. 

Note: the EdD is a non-licensure degree; graduates will not obtain a North Carolina license upon completion of the program.

Why Choose UNC Greensboro’s ELC for the EdD?

Academic Rigor and Programmatic Flexibility

In the UNC Greensboro ELC EdD program, students experience rigorous academic work combined with significant practitioner insight. We offer a blended combination of online offerings and face-to-face sessions that will allow you to establish vital interpersonal connections, choose graduate courses that suit your interests, experience meaningful learning opportunities, and enjoy significant flexibility to complete your studies while also attending to your personal and professional obligations.

Complete the EdD in 3.5 Years

We have designed our programs so that students have the opportunity to complete their EdD without license in 3.5 years. In the first two years, students complete required coursework. In the third year, students transition to completing their dissertation research projects. We offer structured support throughout the entire dissertation process – from preparation to proposal to research to writing the dissertation. Though individual circumstances dictate the pace that students progress through both programs, program requirements and design elements are based on making the 3.5 year route a viable one for all students.

An Authentic Doctoral Experience

For over 25 years, UNC Greensboro ELC has offered its doctoral students an authentic opportunity to engage in practitioner-informed scholarly inquiry. ELC EdD graduates have followed the time-honored doctoral path: complete a combination of required coursework and open electives, develop a dissertation topic based on personal interests, plan a research study, execute the research study, write a dissertation based on the study’s findings, defend the dissertation, and graduate. Simply put: an EdD degree from UNC Greensboro reflects a respected doctoral experience. 

Ongoing Student Support

In UNC Greensboro ELC’s EdD program, we prioritize developing meaningful, lasting relationships with each of our students. In addition, UNC Greensboro has developed a doctoral student support model that affords collective faculty input and action in helping students complete their dissertations.

ELC Commitments

Our department is committed to the development of a just and caring democratic society in which schools serve as centers of inquiry and forces for social transformation. Studies emphasize the cultural context of education and a reconstructive vision for excellent and equitable schooling.

Full Time, Dedicated Faculty

At UNC Greensboro, you will benefit from working with full time faculty dedicated to your progress as a student. You will learn from nationally known scholars as well as experienced, respected practitioners from North Carolina and beyond. See our faculty profiles for more information.

UNC Greensboro Influence in Educational Leadership

From site-based administrators, to district level leaders, to university faculty, to individuals in state education governance, UNC Greensboro EdD alumni lead the way in North Carolina education. The ELC department has over 25 years of experience in preparing graduates through our EdD program – join us!

Program Information/Requirements

The EdD program consists of 42 credit hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation research. During the Fall and Spring semesters, courses are offered face-to-face in the evenings or on select Saturdays as well as through online formats. Summer semester courses are typically offered online.  Most students typically take two courses per term. 

Note that during the dissertation research and writing year, students engage in independent research and writing with support from faculty and (if applicable) student peers.

Cost & Financial Aid

UNC Greensboro is a state supported institution that endeavors to offer a world class education at affordable prices. More information on tuition and other costs is available from the UNC Greensboro Cashiers Office. The EdD is a Greensboro Campus program.

Financial aid is available for those students who register for at least half-time (4.5 or more credits) in a semester.  Students typically take at least 6 credits a semester. More information on Financial Aid is available from the UNC Greensboro Financial Aid Office.

Time to Completion

For students who enter the EdD with an EdS, the EdD is structured as a two year program from student entry to completion. For students who enter the EdD without an EdS or other transferrable credit, the EdD is structured as a 3.5 year program.

Please note: due to the independent nature of advanced academic studies and various circumstances that may arise, some students may take less or more time to complete the program. The time allowed for obtaining the degree is seven years after the first date of enrollment (or the date of the first transfer course counted for credit, whichever comes first). Also, admission to the EdD is not a guarantee of completion.

Application & Admissions

The School of Education’s formal admission requirements for doctoral studies specify the following:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution, and
  • 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.

Students apply to our EdD program through the Graduate School

Materials required to apply for the EdD are:

  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your leadership potential and academic abilities;
  • Transcripts from all universities you have attended;
  • A resumé that provides detailed information regarding your 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:
    1. Why do you wish to pursue studies toward the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in Educational Leadership in UNC Greensboro’s ELC department?
    2. What does it mean to have a culture of social justice? How can/should schools bring this about?
FAQs

How are courses in the programs delivered?

All of our programs in educational leadership are delivered in a blended format that combines face-to-face and online learning opportunities. During the Fall and Spring semesters, courses are offered face-to-face in the evenings on weeknights or monthly on Saturdays or through online formats. Summer semester courses are typically offered online.

Note that during the dissertation research and writing year, students engage in independent research and writing with the involvement and support of faculty and student peers.

We have structured the program this way to afford students some personal/professional conveniences at the same time we ensure students develop meaningful relationships with professors and one another, engage authentically with content, and develop as scholarly engaged educational practitioners.

What are the costs and what is the time to completion?

Costs
UNC Greensboro is a state supported institution that endeavors to offer a world class education at affordable prices. More information on tuition and other costs is available from the UNC Greensboro Cashiers Office. The EdD is a Greensboro Campus program.

Financial aid is available for those students who register for at least half-time (4.5 or more credits) in a semester. Students typically take at least 6 credits a semester when they are engaged in formal coursework. More information on Financial Aid is available from the UNC Greensboro Financial Aid Office.

Time to Completion
For students who enter the EdD without an EdS or other transferrable credit, the EdD is structured as a 3.5 year program.

We have redesigned our program so that finishing the EdD without License program in 3.5 years is a realistic possibility for students. In the first two years, students complete required coursework. In the third year, students transition to completing their dissertation research projects. We offer structured support throughout the entire dissertation process – from preparation to proposal to research to writing the dissertation. 

Please note: due to the independent nature of advanced academic studies and various personal and professional circumstances that may arise, some students may take more time to complete the EdS and/or EdD program(s). Also, admission to the EdS and/or EdD is not a guarantee of completion.

Does the EdD result in a license?

No, the EdD does not result in license. The EdD is a non-license Program and is intended for students who do not wish to pursue the NC advanced principal/advanced superintendent license or the doctoral superintendent license. 

Application Deadlines

Our deadline to be considered for Summer admission is ​March 15. Students who submit their completed applications by that deadline will receive notice of UNC Greensboro’s admission decision by early April.

Students who wish to be considered for admission but who cannot meet the deadline should contact the EdD Coordinator for guidance.

NOTE: ELC NO LONGER REQUIRES GRE AND MAT SCORES FOR EdD ADMISSIONS

For More Information Contact

Dr. Kathy Hytten, EdD Coordinator

kahytten@uncg.edu