Aug 08, 2020  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

Program Description


The Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is a scholar-practitioner degree designed for leaders on all educational levels.  In support of institutional and college mission statements, the educational leadership program seeks to mediate formal knowledge and theory through disciplined inquiry and professional practive.  It is expected that graduates of the program use scholarly inquirey and practive to guide decisions on all levels of educational activity.


The program seeks to build scholarly capacity in our students, allowing them to investigate and deal with social issues of equity and democracy in their professional settings.  As a scholar-practitioner program, faculty promote and maintain the importance of the rigor or research and data driven decisions for out students, which is reflective of local, regional, state, national, and global concerns.  The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership includes a research core and dissertation requirement to address the centrality of data for one’s job, career, and advancement of education.  The educational leadership program seeks to prepare scholar-practitioners through a combination of academic endeavors, professional experience, and prior knowledge as a basis for effective change.


Student Learning Outcomes


At the completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate

  • Knowledge and wisdom of educational theories and frameworks through all courses;
  • Practice in action through cognate courses relevant to one’s specific domain in his or her profession;
  • Learned and practiced research through research tools courses, and;
  • Creation of new knowledge through a five-chapter, research-based, dissertation.


Joint Program Status


The program is a joint doctorate in Educational Leadership between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M-Kingsville.  Students may attend classes on both campuses.  Professors from both universities may serve as instructors and advisors for participants in the program.


Admission Requirements


Admission requires approval of an Educational Leadership admissions committee.  Criteria for admission include the following:

            1. a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score within the last five years

2. an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or above

3. a graduate grade point average of 3.50 or above 

4. official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework indicating the completing of a master’s degree in a relevant field.

Selected applicants will be invited to campus for a personal interview with the Educational Leadership admissions committee and a writing exercise.  The committee will consider all qualifications, including professional and personal qualifications, in making admission decisions.  The committee may admit applicants with lower levels of the above indicators of academic history if (a) professional and personal qualifications are unusually strong and (b) a high degree of proficiency on the writing exercise.  Individuals denied admission three times are ineligible to reapply.


Degree Requirements


The Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership is awarded in recognition of the attainment of independent and comprehensive scholarship in the field.  To qualify for the degree, the student must meet the following requirements:


1. Residence: Three consecutive terms of enrollment in six semester credit hours must be completed at some point in the program (e.g., summer, fall, spring).  The time to completion must be in accordance with the standards set forth by the College of Graduate Studies.

2. Coursework: Sixty-nine semester hours of coursework are required, inclusive of the dissertation courses.  Up to one-fourth of the credits for the degree plan may be transferred from another regionally accredited college or University.  The transfer credit must be post master’s level graduate coursework, must not exceed ten years at the time of conferral of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi degree, and may not have been applied to a degree conferred.  Likewise, up to one-fourth of the credits for the degree plan may be transferred from post master’s level work taken at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  The transfer credits must be approved by the program faculty (normally the advisor).  The degree requires the following:


Education Cognate

Open Cognate

27 credit hours in core courses

27 credit hours in core courses

18 credits in educational leadership

15 credits in an approved subject area

6 credits in electives

9 credits in electives in educational leadership

15 Research Tools

15 Research Tools

3-6 credits in dissertation

3-6 credits in dissertation

All courses applied to the doctoral degree plan must have a grade of B or higher.

All courses applied to the doctoral degree plan must have a grade of B or higher.


3. Candidacy/Comprehensive Examinations: Students are eligible for comprehensive exams when 27 credit hours in the core leadership courses and 15 credit hours in research tools are complete with grades of B or better.  Advancement to candidacy for the degree requires passing both written and oral comprehensive examinations.

4. Dissertation and Defense: The dissertation is developed under the supervision of a dissertation adviser, who serves as Chair of the dissertation committee.  The committee is composed of four members, including the Chair.  Students must pass an oral defense of the dissertation. 


3. Education Cognate (18 SCH)

To be decided upon with a Faculty Advisor.

4. Open Specialization Cognate (15 SCH)

 To be decided upon with a Faculty Advisor.



5. Dissertation (3-6 SCH)

For Additional Information


Campus Address:

Faculty Center, Room 209; Phone (361) 825-3368

Mailing Address:

Department of Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction
Unit 5818
College of Education
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5818