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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I view the course sequence and get a deeper understanding of various requirements throughout the program?

The program handbook (linked to the right) contains a detailed course sequence paired with in-depth breakdowns of all program components. We invite you to carefully review the handbook and reach out with any additional questions you might have concerning coursework and other program components.

Will I earn superintendent certification along the way?

Yes. Texas superintendent certification is an embedded aspect of the program. In addition to the program handbook, we invite you to review the superintendency practicum guide for detailed information about the process of earning superintendent certification.

Do I have to take the GRE?

The GRE requirement has been waived for fall 2024 admissions and beyond.

When is the application deadline?

Please consult our website for the most up-to-date information concerning admissions deadlines.

When are classes scheduled?

Typically, classes meet once per week from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and rotate weekly between face-to-face and online sessions.

Does the program continue through the summer?

Yes. Please view the academic calendar for typical semester start and end dates. University of Houston - Acalog ACMS™ (

Do you offer scholarships?

The University of Houston and the College of Education has placed a specific emphasis on providing tuition assistance for as many students as possible. Please see the College of Education website for more information concerning available scholarships.

What is the tuition and fees?

For a general estimate of tuition and fees, you should use the university’s tuition calculator. After declaring your residency, enter "Education", "On-Campus", and "graduate", respectively. The number of hours per semester fluctuates between 6 and 9 (it will be 7 for each of the first 3 semesters). Please note that in addition to the tuition/fees indicated on the tuition calculator, students in the K-12 programs are also assessed VST (voluntary student tuition). VST fees are ≤$150/credit for doctoral students. 

When and where are the cohorts offered?

New cohorts begin every fall semester. New cohorts that receive instruction at the UH main campus are created every fall semester. Additionally, Sugar Land cohorts (FBISD) are formed in the fall of even numbered years (2024, 2026, etc.) while Cypress-Fairbanks (CFISD) cohorts are created in the fall of odd numbered years (2023, 2025, etc.). The application will allow you to declare which cohort you wish to join.

May I still apply even if I am NOT interested in seeking superintendent certification?

First and foremost, this program is aimed at preparing district-level leaders. Accordingly, nearly all of our students are superintendent certification seeking, or come into the program having already obtained it. That said, we occasionally bring aboard exceptional applicants that are non-certification seeking. Such students will have a slightly different degree plan than their cohort mates

May I apply if I do not have a master’s degree? Is there an option to earn a master’s degree/Ed.D.?

No. You must have a master’s degree in order to apply and be admitted to the doctoral program.

How many credits are required for the Ed.D.?

The Ed.D. is a 51 credit, 8 semester degree.

What is an acceptable writing sample to submit for admission?

We would prefer an academic writing sample (such as a paper you completed in your master’s degree program). Please contact the program director for more information about acceptable writing samples if you do not have a sample of academic writing.

What information should be included in my Personal Statement/Statement of Interest?

Your Statement of Interest should:

  • Provide information about you (briefly)
  • Discuss why you want to pursue the Ed.D.
  • Indicate why you are interested in the Ed.D. program in K-12 Leadership at the University of Houston (why this degree is instrumental in your efforts to achieve your goals as an educational leader)
  • Provide information about at least two program area faculty with whom you are interested in working

Who can/should write my letters of reference?

You must have three letters of recommendation. Your letters should come from anyone (not related to you) who can speak substantively about you as a professional and/or your potential to successfully complete doctoral level work. A person who has earned a doctorate and knows you well would be uniquely qualified to provide a recommendation. In addition, you should consider soliciting letters from:

  • A supervisor
  • A veteran co-worker
  • A former professor

Is this degree offered online?

Each of our courses are considered to be hybrid in nature. Specifically, 51% of our courses will take place in a face-to-face environment, while the other 49% take place in an asynchronous online environment.


Who can I contact for additional information about courses, program benchmarks, and career opportunities with this degree?

Please send an email request to Dr. Jacqueline Hawkins at to make an appointment with a faculty member.