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Curriculum - EdD in Educational Leadership

Courses for the program are offered weekends, evenings, and in a web-assisted format combining face-to-face meetings with online coursework. The program consists of 72 credit hours.

Students will complete 36 hours of classes, including the core (AEL 650, 671, 682 and 669 or 619) in the area of educational administration as approved by the student's program of study committee. Students also are required to pass a written comprehensive examination prior to beginning the dissertation phase of the EdD program.

NOTE: Up to 18 hours (6 AEL courses) of the EdS major may count as part of the 36-hour major for students pursuing an EdD degree at the discretion of the program of study committee.


12 hours of course work quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.

College Foundations Requirement

Over the course of one's graduate studies (Masters, EdS, Doctorate), account for 12 hours of graduate coursework comprising (i) any BEF or BEP classes or (ii) any other non-research method courses outside of the student's department. Although master's level courses fulfill the 12-hour College of Education foundations requirement, they may not count toward the 72 hours needed to fulfill the requirements for the EdD.


A minimum of 12 hours of AEL 699 Dissertation Research. Continuous enrollment is required until the dissertation is complete. The number of hours will vary depending on work load of the student and professor on the document.

Residency Requirement

The residency requirement for Gadsden students is to complete 24 graduate hours while continuously enrolled for a period of 24 months.