Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Dr. Gerri Maxwell

Welcome to the Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership website!

On this page you will find information about our program.  Please direct questions to Dr. Gerri Maxwell, the Program Coordinator.  We appreciate your interest in our program!

Gerri M. Maxwell, Ph.D. or 361.593.2203

Timeline for Applications

  • Applications are currently being accepted to begin early cognate coursework in Spring 2016 as a member of Cohort 25 that will begin core coursework in June 2016.  Deadling for applications for Cohort 25 is February 1st.  Applications after that date will be considered on a space available basis. Secure your seat soon! 
  • Please Email for an application checklist as both graduate studies requirements and departmental requirements must be met to be considered. 

How to Apply:

  1. ApplyTexas
  2. Application - EDLD Program
March   Initial Application Screening
March/April   Interview of Prospective Students
April   Notification
May   Orientation and Induction
Early June   Courses Begin
3 years   Duration of Coursework

Factors Considered for Admission

Completion of Master’s Degree in a Relevant Discipline
  GRE/MAT Scores
  Official Transcripts of Prior University Work
  Letters of Recommendation
  Professional Portfolio
  Personal Interview
  Writing Sample
  Letter of Commitment from Employer

The Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in educational leadership is a professional degree offered by TAMUK designed to provide leaders throughout the state at all educational levels. The program requires courses emphasizing leadership in the areas of educational theory, philosophy, policy, innovations, and research. The overarching goal of the program is for the student to develop a style of thinking, feeling, and behaving that centers on knowledge of professional literature, a respect for data of various kinds, careful, reflective and constructive reasoning, effective leadership behavior, and an overall leadership vision.

Program Features

The program features course work, seminars, a residency year, dissertation, and a cohort structure designed to promote peer support and interaction. The 69-hour program includes required core coursework, while also allowing for a cognate or professional support field. The cognate includes 18 hours of courses with which students may pursue certifications or hours toward higher education teaching expertise. For example, students may concurrently acquire the principal and/or superintendent certification in the doctoral program. Additionally, students may select one elective course to enhance their desired areas of professional knowledge.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling also offers a Transcripted Certification in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL).

Program Outcomes

Our students exercise high levels of independent scholarship, remain current with issues of the field, and give a great deal of emphasis to educational leadership theory and research. The applications of theory and research experiences impact personal and organizational change to improve educational programs.

Program Faculty

Dr. Gerri Maxwell, Program Coordinator
Dr. Steve Bain, Department Chair
Dr. Linda Challoo
Dr. Don Jones
Dr. Lori Kupczynski
Dr. Marie-Ann Mundy

Program Characteristics

The following documents contains some statistical information about our doctoral program.

Program Handbook

Below is a PDF copy of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Student Handbook:

This page was last updated on: December 18, 2015