The doctoral Educational Leadership program at the University of North Texas provides you information about current educational research and helps you develop the decision-making skills required for leadership positions in the field and in other policy areas.
Our program offers a Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and a superintendent certificate.
While pursuing your doctoral degree, you'll participate in applied research to improve practice through the generation and application of new knowledge. Conceptual thinking and problem-based learning are emphasized throughout the program.
Acquiring a strong understanding of these concepts will help you establish or further your career in school administration. Our program is also appropriate for those who may want to move into academe or policy arenas.
Courses are available at several locations throughout the North Texas region (Denton, Dallas, McKinney and Fort Worth). A number of the required blended courses are available online. No matter the location of a course, you'll have full access to the UNT libraries and all associated research resources.
Strong student support
Our courses are structured to create a supportive network of colleagues during and after you complete the program. This network helps you to achieve your goals in the program and throughout your career.
Faculty advisors work closely with you to ensure you're completing the program, publishing and presenting research, and participating in scholarly work and school district leadership.
Outstanding faculty and resources
Our faculty members have many years of training and experience as principals, central office administrators, assistant superintendents and superintendents. Their scholarly accomplishments include:
- Writing books, articles and book chapters
- Presenting research at state, national and international conferences
- Serving in leadership roles for state, national and international organizations
- Receiving and implementing numerous grants
- Delivering keynote speeches at state, national and international conferences
- Serving as visiting professors at other universities
Students and professors collaborate on presenting at conferences and publishing works. Our professors conduct, publish and present research on data analysis for improved student performance; education law; education finance leadership and reform initiatives; professional learning communities; cultural proficiency; ethics and social justice; and online instructional strategies, among others.
The university provides several services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
A Dissertation Boot Camp and other specialized workshops are available through the Toulouse Graduate School®. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
Special scholarship programs available
The Donald A. Buchholz Scholarship was established in honor of Donald A. Buchholz for his commitment to higher education and is intended for doctoral students enrolled in Educational Leadership.
The Southwest Securities Superintendent Certification Scholarship Program supports school leaders seeking certification and provides a high quality, research-based preparation for outstanding school leaders.
The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (1140 19th Street, NW; Suite 400; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-223-0077). This distinction means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college is also one of the state's top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.