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P-12 Administration Doctoral Program

The P-12 Administration Doctoral Program is designed for educators who hold a master's degree, have a Type 75 Certificate (General Administrative-Principal), and have some building or district leadership experience. Candidates should possess good academic and leadership credentials.

Those with a Type 75 Certificate and at least two years administrative leadership experience may work toward a Doctoral degree. Those seeking P-12 administrative positions generally work toward a Doctor of Education degree, while those who wish to focus on research pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Students in either program may also complete requirements for Superintendent or Chief School Business Official endorsement on a professional educator license.

The program's conceptual framework is Practical Wisdom for Leaders: Connecting Theory to Practice, which encompasses the following beliefs:

  • Leadership preparation features a dynamic relationship between practice and scholarship. 
  • Courses blend themes of Leadership, Learning, and Social Justice in the context of Practical Wisdom. 
  • Faculty honor diverse voices and multiple perspectives. 
  • Graduates are our partners in the field, building inclusive learner-centered communities.

    Program Features

    • Courses are taught by full-time tenure track faculty, some of whom have practical administrative experience and others who bring a theoretical perspective.
    • 60 hours of coursework, a doctoral examination, 15 dissertation hours, and a residency requirement.
    • Applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student, aligning with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council's (ELCC) district-level standards.
    • Connects theory to practice with emphasis on the department's Conceptual Framework.
    • Courses offered nights and weekends to accommodate the schedules of full-time educational professionals.
    • Some online options for select courses.
    • Students have eight years to complete the degree.
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