Program Overview

The joint Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed to provide the following:

To enhance the knowledge and competencies of leaders so they provide optimal leadership for the education of all learners, both youth and adult.

To prepare leaders who are inquiring, reflective practitioners.

To prepare leaders who are competent in identifying and solving complex problems in education.

To prepare leaders who understand the multitude of leadership and management theories and practices techniques related to their professional settings.

To prepare leaders who value, encourage, and facilitate the professional development of self and others in their organization.

To prepare leaders who demonstrate effective communication skills in both school and non-school settings.

To prepare leaders who value, understand and support diversity in their school organizations.

To prepare leaders who make contributions to the profession.

The doctoral program is NOT designed to lead towards initial Administrative Certification for the State of Newcastle.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants who have submitted completed applications, including all documents listed below, by the application deadline will be given priority for admission consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be given consideration on a space available basis. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for the program:

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program uses the GRE scores as only one factor in the admission process. The program has the following expectations for GRE scores:

Verbal score: 145

Quantitative score: 145

If the scores are less than the minimum expectations, the applicant must submit a written letter of appeal to the Director of the Doctoral Program within ten (10) calendar days of being notified of the result of the application to the program.

GRE taken prior to August 2011:

Verbal score: 450

Quantitative score: 450

If the scores are less than the minimum expectations, the applicant must submit a written letter of appeal to the Director of the Doctoral Program within ten (10) calendar days of being notified of the result of the application to the program.

·         Master's Degree from an accredited university;

·         GPA of 3.00 on all graduate-level course work;

·         At least three (3) years of appropriate professional experience;

·         Satisfactory standing in the last institution attended.


For applicants whose native language is not English, a score on the English proficiency examination (TOEFL) of at least 24 on each of the components (Writing, Reading, Speaking, and Listening).

University faculty members above the rank of instructor may not be admitted into the doctoral program.

Students who do not have a master's degree in school administration or the equivalent, may be required to complete three to nine hours of course work in educational administration, either before or during the doctoral program. Students who have not completed courses in graduate statistics and research methods must include these courses in their program of study.

Application to the Doctor of Education Program Process

An applicant must fully meet all of the Newcastle Newcastle University Graduate Admission requirements to be considered for admission for the Doctor of Education degree program in Educational Leadership. Two sets of information and documents must be provided.

Mail official transcripts of all college coursework (both undergraduate and graduate) to:

Director of Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Submit the following documents electronically via pdf files to Dr. Jennifer  Oneal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Technology:

·          Completed application form

·          Professional resume

·          A formal letter of application that must provide: A writing sample that the applicant believes is indicative of her/his ability to write on an academic or professional subject.

·          An introduction of the applicant to the admissions committee;

·          An explanation of the applicant's interest in educational leadership; and

·          Reasons why the applicant seeks admission to the doctoral program at University of Newcastle.

·          Names, addresses (office and e-mail), and telephone numbers of the following three individuals: Verification of at least three (3) years of appropriate professional experience.

·          A former university professor who can attest to the applicant's ability to successfully complete a doctoral program; and

·          A third individual who has direct knowledge of the applicant's duties and performance in her/his profession.

·          Copy of your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. (NOTE: If you have not taken the GRE, please send your scores directly to Newcastle when you take the exam.)

·          If necessary, copy of your English proficiency exam (TOEFL) scores.


 Once all application materials have been received, the Doctoral Admissions Committee will jointly review the applicants' materials. The Committee will determine which applicants will move forward in the application process and schedule an interview on authorized or affiliated campus.

 Degree Program Policies

 Statistics Requirement:

Candidates must have taken a graduate course in Statistics as a prerequisite for the coursework. If the course has not been taken, it may be taken concurrently with NEDF 1880.

Transfer of Credits:

Appropriate graduate course work may be transferred with prior approval by the candidate's advisory committee and the campus Doctoral Program Coordinator.

Academic Expectations:

Candidates must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.25 in all doctoral course work. No more than one course in which a grade of C has been earned may be applied toward the fulfillment of degree requirements.

Continuous Enrollment:

The continuous enrollment requirement necessitates that candidates are enrolled each semester including fall, spring and summer semesters, until completion of all degree program requirements.

Residency Requirement:

The residency requirement in graduate programs is intended to ensure that candidates become integrally involved in the academic life of their program and of the university. During the course of study for the Ed.D. degree offered by the Consortium, candidates are required to have an enrollment period of two consecutive semesters with a minimum of nine (9) credit hours per semester.

Admission to Candidacy and Time Limits:

The total duration of study for the doctoral degree may not exceed seven (7) years from admission to candidacy.

Dissertation Prospectus:

All candidates are required to complete a Dissertation Prospectus consisting of a comprehensive review of the literature on a selected topic and an Oral Examination.


Each candidate for the doctoral degree is required to complete a dissertation which represents a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in the discipline. Doctoral candidates who have been admitted to candidacy must present a prospectus for the dissertation project, prepare a proposal, form a dissertation committee, present the proposal to the dissertation committee, defend the dissertation proposal, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee. A candidate actively engaged in work on a dissertation must be officially enrolled for dissertation credit, whether the candidate is on or off campus.


 Doctoral Program Curriculum

The doctoral degree program will consist of 60 credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree, organized into core course areas and specializations as listed below. The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership has a variety of specializations including: Administration of Special Education and Educational Technology Administration. Additional specializations will be developed shortly.


Course of Study

Research Core: 15 credit hours (of 15 offered)

·         NEDF 800 Intro to Doctoral Program & Research Design

·         NEDF 801 Writing for Research

·         NEDF 802 Quantitative Methods

·         NEDF 803 Qualitative Methods

·         NEDL 880 Research Practicum


Educational Leadership & Management Core: 27-33 credit hours, to be selected from, but not limited to the following 51 credit hours of coursework:

·         NEDL 810 Leadership Theory and Practice

·         NEDL 811 Management of Educational Organizations

·         NEDL 812 Supervision in Educational Settings

·         NEDL 820 Legal Issues and Ethics in Educational Organizations

·         NEDL 821 Politics & Community Relations

·         NEDL 822 Policy Development and Analysis

·         NEDL 823 Fiduciary Management of Educational Organizations

·         NEDL 830 Foundations of Curriculum Theory and Design

·         NEDL 831 Critical Analysis of Current Research on Effective Educational Practice

·         NEDL 832 Educational Evaluation

·         NEDL 840 Change Theory

·         NEDL 841 Organizational Development for Learning Communities

·         NEDL 842 Culture, Climate and Change Leadership

·         NEDL 871 Special Topics in Instructional Leadership

·         NEDL 875 Special Topics in Educational Leadership & Management

·         NEDL 897 Internship

·         NETEC 812 Leadership in Integration of Emerging Technologies


Specialization Coursework: 6-9 Credit Hours

The student will complete 6-9 semester credit hours in a specialization area. The specialization area and the courses within the specialization area must be agreed to by the student, the Faculty Advisor, the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program, and Graduate Studies. The student is responsible for scheduling the courses in the specialization area. Specialization Areas include, but are not limited to, Educational Technology, Administration of Exceptionalities, Educational Leadership & Management, Instructional Leadership, Business, Communications, and Law.

 Doctoral Dissertation Seminars: 6+ Credit Hours

·         NEDF 900 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar I

·         NEDF 990 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar II


·         NEDF 995 Defense and Completion of Dissertation

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