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College of Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership

Move your K-12 leadership skill set from basic to advanced!

The Ph.D. program focuses on developing and applying theoretical and research knowledge and skills in the field of K-12 educational leadership. The program is recommended for students who intend to become professors and/or to conduct empirical research in other professional roles. All Ph.D. students are encouraged to focus their research on problems of practice in K-12 schools.

The program of study for the Ph.D. requires:

  • A total of 72 semester hours.
  • At least 42 semester hours of graded course work.
  • At least 24 semester hours of EdAd 800 for completion.
  • Defense of the doctoral dissertation.
  • In addition to core courses in Educational Administration, a cognate area of at least nine semester hours of graded coursework is required; the cognate may consist of a special emphasis within the College of Education (e.g., educational psychology, cultural studies) or outside the College of Education (e.g., anthropology, political science, economics, public administration).

The Ph.D. in educational leadership is offered on the Pullman campus only. A one-year residency of full-time enrollment is required.

Ed leadership PhD handbook

As described in the handbook, Ph.D. applicants must complete the departmental application form as part of the application packet.


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