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Doctor of Education (EdD)

USI offers an online 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 Requirements

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

The Ed.D admissions includes a two-part application process. In addition to this application, you also need to complete a USI Graduate Studies Application, including a nonrefundable $40 fee paid to Graduate Studies. Click here to access the USI Graduate Studies application and/or to pay the $40 fee, if you have not already done so.

All applicants must have: 
  1. A baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 from an accredited college or university with a degree in education or related field. 
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level at all schools attended.
  3. No GRE score required. (Effective Fall 2020).

Admission Process

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Part 1. Apply through Graduate Studies

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

  1. Online Application
  2. $40 non-refundable 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

Additional Graduate Studies admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Studies Admissions website

Part 2. Apply through the Teacher Education Department

Ed.D. Online Application link

As part of this application for you will be asked to:

Answer the following questions:

    1. How do you foresee this program positively impacting your community?
    2. What do you perceive as a major social justice issue in your field? How do you hope to address it?
    3. How will your work contribute to equitable outcomes in education?
    4. Imagine yourself in 5 years from now/after you graduate, what do you see yourself doing professionally and with whom will you be working with?

Upload a current resume/curriculum vitae. The file should be a PDF and use the following naming convention: First Name Last Name EdD resume.pdf
(example:  Joe Smith EdD resume.pdf)

List 3 references (names, relation to you and email address). One must be an employment supervisor and the other two must be professional references.

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