The Department of Educational Leadership provides programs designed to prepare PK-12 school executives, higher education administrators, and education supervisors, as facilitators of learning at all levels in the nation's schools. School administration programs are offered at the master's and doctoral (Ed.D.) levels.
Students will be admitted to the doctoral program in cohorts. A full-time residency or its equivalent must be completed in the first year followed by a yearlong internship in the second year. Candidates must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of appropriate courses and satisfactorily defend the dissertation at the culmination of the program. PK-12 candidates must successfully complete a professional portfolio during the internship as required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to be recommended for license as a superintendent. For specific requirements and procedures for matriculating through the program please contact the department chair or see the Ed.D. Student Handbook.