- Have completed graduate work equivalent to the master’s degree in education or a related field at a regionally accredited institution.
- Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 for all graduate-level hours. In addition, applicants must have validated strengths on the multiple indicators listed below:
- Official transcripts of all college-level work completed and indication of a degree conferral.
- Completion of 15 hours of post-master’s degree coursework leading to a district leadership or superintendent license OR 15 hours of post-master’s degree coursework in a related field approved by WSU doctoral program faculty OR a combination of 15 hours of post-master’s degree graduate coursework in a district leadership license program and other coursework in a related field approved by WSU doctoral program faculty.
- Three years of formal experience in a P-16 educational organization.
- At least three letters of recommendation from supervisors and/or professional peers which attest to the applicant’s potential for success as an educational leader.
- A current resume or curriculum vita of educational and professional experience.
- A brief, one page statement of professional goals related to the completion of the doctoral degree in educational leadership.
- A sample of academic writing (such as a published article or paper written for a graduate level course).
The Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership requires 55 credit hours of coursework, comprehensive examinations, and an oral examination over the dissertation. Completion of requirements includes core courses, a minimum of 15 dissertation hours, comprehensive examinations, and an approved dissertation. The five member dissertation committee will include at least four university professors holding full graduate faculty membership, one of whom is an outside department graduate faculty member who will serve as the Graduate Dean’s representative, and one professional practitioner.