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Doctor of Education (EdD)

USI offers a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree in educational leadership with a focus on community-based education. The program is designed for professionals working in education or an education-related field. It offers two areas of concentration: administrative leadership (which leads to school district-level licensure) and pedagogical leadership.

The program is cohort-based, with Fall-only admission.  Students take two classes each semester and one class in the summer.  The program unfolds over four years. Years one and two consist of the program core and the research methods sequence.  Year three focuses on the academic concentration, and the dissertation is the emphasis of year four. The program is 60 credit hours, post-Master's degree.

Admission Process

Applications for Fall 2020 cohort are being accepted with review beginning March 2020.

Applying for admission to the EdD program is a two-part process.

Part 1:  Apply electronically through the Office of Graduate Studies.  

The following should be submitted as directed on the Graduate Studies website

  1. Online Application

  2. Application Fee

  3. Official master’s degree transcript (sent to

  4. GRE Waiver or Official GRE scores (sent to Scores from the past five years will be accepted. To apply for the GRE waiver, you must have at least three years of U.S. P-12 teaching experience. The GRE waiver application can be found at

Part 2:  Apply through the Teacher Education Department

The following materials should be sent electronically to

  1. A one or two page essay describing personal and professional goals, including the applicant's vision for what he/she would like to accomplish with the EdD degree. Essays will be assessed based on content, organization, and writing skills.

  2. Two letters of recommendation - one from an individual who has served as applicant's employment supervisor, and one other professional reference.

  3. An up-to-date resume/curriculum vitae.

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