Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Educational Administration, Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education Degree Programs

The policies governing admission to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program are as follows:

  1. Student must apply for admission to the doctoral program through the Graduate School by completing an application and submitting all required documents (including GRE scores).
  2. Completed applications are reviewed by the Doctoral Admissions Committee in the
  3. major area and the names of applicants recommended for admission are submitted to the Graduate School.
  4. Upon approval, the Dean of the Graduate School will notify applicants of the Committee’s decision.

The Department of Educational Administration and Foundations offers a program concentration leading to the Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Administration in the  areas  of  Educational  Administration  (K-12), Higher Education Administration and Community College Administration.

Educational Administration encompasses knowledge and skills from entities which either provide, regulate, or affect the formalized educational efforts of society. Thus, innovative, flexible approaches utilizing courses, seminars, field experiences, research projects, and other educational  media are used  to provide the technical, conceptual, and  human  skills required of educational leaders.

Under the direction of the student’s doctoral advisory committee, course plans are developed to meet individual needs, backgrounds, and future goals of each student.

Field experience opportunities are available to help students relate academic and theoretical work to the issues and concerns of administrative practices.

General Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for the Doctor of Education Degree as set forth in this bulletin, students majoring in Educational Administration shall:

  1. Submit to the Graduate School an application for admissions to the department on forms provided by the Graduate School.
  2. Meet the requirements of the Department’s Doctoral Screening Committee.
  3. Organize, with the approval of the Department Chairperson, a doctoral committee for advisement. The chairperson shall be from the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations.
  4. File an approved course plan with the doctoral advisor and the Graduate School Office.
  5. Complete a doctoral internship approved by the student’s committee (if required).

Specific Requirements

Specific requirements will be determined by the student’s doctoral advisor consistent with the requirements of the Graduate School and of the Department.

Admission Requirements

The criteria for admission to the Doctor of Education degree program are:

Unconditional Admission—The applicant must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (combined verbal and quantitative; writing score) that will be used in conjunction with the applicant’s socioeconomic profile and the Masters grade point average to determine admission.

Non-negotiable Areas

In addition, the applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have an earned master’s degree or its equivalent in a degree program with a grade point average of at least 3.25 (“B+”) from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Hold or earn, before completing the program, a teaching or administrative certificate, unless the area in which the individual specializes does not require certification.
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years of successful professional experience in teaching, administration, supervision, counseling or other career service, for example, personnel in business and industry, counselor, etc.
  4. Submit recommendations from at least three persons including two (2) college faculty members in the applicant’s most recent academic program and at least one (1) immediate supervisor of the applicant’s professional work.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable proficiency in the use of the English language based upon performance on a standardized English Proficiency Test. (Performance on the Verbal portion of the GRE may be considered as adequate by the Doctoral Admission Committee).
  6. Have a personal interview with the department head and faculty in the area of the planned concentration.
  7. Make a score of at least 79 on the TOEFL or IELTS (iBT) = 6.0 (if not from an English speaking country). The following are some factors that may be included in the socioeconomic profile used in the admission process.
    1. Economic status of family when applicant attended elementary, secondary, and undergraduate school.
    2. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend undergraduate school.
    3. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend graduate or professional school.
    4. Applicant is multilingual.
    5. Applicant’s employment while attending undergraduate school.
    6. Applicant’s role in helping rear other children in family.
    7. Applicant’s geographic residence in Texas at time of application.
    8. Geographic region of applicant’s high school.
    9. Applicant’s demonstration of performance in community activities.
    10. Applicant’s demonstration of commitment to a particular field of study.
    11. The presence or absence of role models with comparable graduate school training in the applicant’s region of residence.
    12. The applicant’s performance during a personal interview.
  8. Other criteria specified in H.B. 1641 will be considered.

Conditional Admission  - The applicant  must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (combined  verbal  and quantitative) thatwill beused in conjunction with the applicant’s socioeconomic profile and the Master’s grade point average to determine admission to graduate programs. Failed to acquire at least a 3.5 on the Writing section of the GRE.

Additional Items Needed to be Considered

Writing Sample: Applicant will submit a handwritten writing sample that must be 300-600 words; and score 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the GRE. Interview: Applicant will be interviewed by members of the COE Admissions Committee. Oral Presentation: Applicant will be required to orally present a piece of work to the COE Admissions Committee.

Admission Requirements

The criteria for admission to the Doctor of Education degree program are:

Unconditional Admission—The applicant must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (combined verbal and quantitative; writing score) that will be used in conjunction with the applicant’s socioeconomic profile and the Masters grade point average to determine admission. The GRE examination cannot be older than 5 years.

Non-negotiable Areas
In addition, the applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have an earned master’s degree or its equivalent in a degree program with a grade point average of at least 3.25 (“B+”) from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Hold or earn, before completing the program, a teaching or administrative certificate, unless the area in which the individual specializes does not require certification.
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years of successful professional experience in teaching, administration, supervision, counseling or other career service, for example, personnel in business and industry, counselor, etc.
  4. Submit recommendations from at least three persons including two (2) college faculty members in the applicant’s most recent academic program and at least one (1) immediate supervisor of the applicant’s professional work.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable proficiency in the use of the English language based upon performance on a standardized English Proficiency Test. (Performance on the Verbal portion of the GRE may be considered as adequate by the Doctoral Admission Committee).
  6. Have a personal interview with the department head and faculty in the area of the planned concentration
  7. Make a score of at least 79 on the TOEFL or IELTS (iBT) = 6.0 (if not from an English speaking country). The following are some factors that may be included in the socioeconomic profile used in the admission process.
    1. Economic status of family when applicant attended elementary, secondary, and undergraduate school.
    2. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend undergraduate school.
    3. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend graduate or professional school.
    4. Applicant is multilingual.
    5. Applicant’s employment while attending undergraduate school.
    6. Applicant’s role in helping rear other children in family.
    7. Applicant’s geographic residence in Texas at time of application.
    8. Geographic region of applicant’s high school.
    9. Applicant’s demonstration of performance in community activities.
    10. Applicant’s demonstration of commitment to a particular field of study.
    11. The presence or absence of role models with comparable graduate school training in the applicant’s region of residence.
    12. The applicant’s performance during a personal interview.
  8. Other criteria specified in H.B. 1641 will be considered.

Additional Items Needed to be Considered

Writing Sample: Applicant will submit a handwritten writing sample that must be 300-600 words; and score 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the GRE. Interview: Applicant will be interviewed by members of the COE Admissions Committee. Oral Presentation: Applicant will be required to orally present a piece of work to the COE Admissions Committee.

(All courses must be approved by the department)

Leveling Courses
EDFD 633Research3
EPSY 831Educ Statistics3
Total Hours6

(Leveling Courses (as determined by the departmental admissions committee).

Summary

Major Core & Concentration Curriculum Requirements27
Foundation Core Requirements18
Electives3
Internship6
Dissertation6
Total Hours60

MAJOR Core Requirements

Select twenty-seven (27) credits from the following:27
Ed Policy Development
Systems Mgmt Of Schools
Sch Admin Hierarchy
Doc Sem School Law
Plng Ed Change
Schools & The Community
Evaluation Of Schools
Org & Admin Theory
Ind Studies In Ed Admin
Educational Finance
Internship in Superintendency
Advanced Superintendency
Leadership Seminar
Seminar In Supervision
Adv Sem In Ed Admin
Doc Colloq Ed Admin
Total Hours27

Foundation Core

EDFD 902/980Theoretical Fdtns Of Ed3
EDFD 903Nature Methodology Ed Res3
EDFD 905Nature Meth Ed Res3
EDFD 931Ed Res Corr Stat Methods 13
EDFD 932Ed Res Sig Tests Stat Methods 13
EDFD 997Research Seminar 13
Total Hours18

Electives

Select one of the following:3
SPSS & Data Management
Advanced Concepts of Athletic Administration
Total Hours3

Internship

EDAS 978Doctoral Internship6
Total Hours6

Dissertation

EDAS 999Dissertation6
Total Hours6