Education Leadership (Ed.D); Superintendent Certification

Faculty Contact: Dr. Sara Lawrence  (903) 223-3095,; Program Chair

Eligibility for Admission 

Those interested in applying for admission must meet the following:

  • Completed Master's degree
  • Documented evidence of strong academic achievement and scholarship ability
  • Interest in leadership role and commitment to education

Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctoral program in Education Leadership is a competitive process. With each cohort, the department receives more applications from qualified students than can be accepted. Consequently, application materials should be carefully prepared to present the student in the most positive light.

A new doctoral cohort begins course work in the spring semester of even years. Doctoral students must apply to and be accepted by the A&M‑Texarkana Scholars of Practice doctoral program.

Applications for a new cohort open in January of odd years. Application materials are accepted between January – August of odd years: application materials are due to the Office of Graduate Studies by August 31st. A list of current admission requirements and packet materials are located on the doctoral program website. Please be advised, completion of application packet can take time. Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early.

Packet Review: The Office of Graduate Studies forwards completed application packets to the Program Admissions Committee Chair for review in September by the Program Admissions Committee. The Program Admissions Committee is composed of faculty members teaching courses in Education Leadership. The committee reviews packets using a committee-approved rubric focusing on quality of packet material presenting evidence that an applicant will be successful in the program. If the sum of rubric points falls within the accepted entrance requirement range, then the committee will invite the student for an online interview.

Interviews: End of September/beginning of October, Office of Graduate Studies contacts applicants via email to participate in an online interview using an online platform. The interview is 15-20 minutes in length. The committee members score applicant interview using a committee-approved rubric.

Admission: At the conclusion of the process, the committee will recommend a cohort of students for approval by the Office of Graduate Studies. The committee will also produce a list of “alternate” applicants depending on the number of qualified applicants.

Notification: The Office of Graduate Studies will notify applicants in writing of their admission status the first week of November. Admission status will include the following: accepted, placed on list of alternates, or denied.

Orientation: Notifications of acceptance will invite those admitted to an orientation held on a Saturday in November. It is highly encouraged all admitted attend the orientation.