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Executive Ed.D. in Professional Leadership Specializing in Literacy or Social Studies/Social Education

The Executive Ed.D. in Professional Leadership is a 51-hour doctoral program (within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction) focusing on research and applied skills for educators grappling with current issues in education in urban contexts. The program is designed to facilitate the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for professional and instructional leadership in urban schools, community organizations, museums and related educational institutions. The program is designed as a cohort model with online, hybrid and flipped courses.


  • Literacy Education
  • Social Studies/Social Education (Admissions for this program are temporarily suspended due to it being at capacity.  We will resume admissions beginning on May 1 for fall 2019 admission).

Program of Study

Core (9 hours)

  • Issues in Urban Education
  • Foundations of Education
  • Learning and Development

Research (9 hours)

  • Application of Research in CUIN 1
  • Application of Research in CUIN 2
  • Research in Area of Specialization

Specialization (12 hours)

  • Reading, Social Studies/Social Education (CUIN)

Leadership Courses (9 hours)

Laboratory of Practice (6 hours)

Ed.D. Doctoral Thesis (6 hours)

Total (51 hours)

To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.