College of Education Departments

Educational Leadership and Counseling

Online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

The online Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is designed to prepare education professionals as leaders, thinkers, researchers and problem-solvers in a rapidly-changing world. Through a blend of online and virtual engagement structured in a cohort-model to promote peer support and interaction, students complete 60 credit hours of coursework devoted to 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, respect for data of various kinds, careful, reflective and constructive reasoning, effective leadership behavior, and an overall leadership vision.


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

The program features coursework, seminars, a residency year, a dissertation, and a cohort structure designed to promote peer support and interaction. The 60-hour program includes 42 hours of required core coursework, while also allowing for a cognate of 18 hours in an area that supports their professional goals. The most common cognate areas are higher education and the superintendency; however, any area in which there is a graduate degree is eligible for use as a cognate area, including adult education, early childhood education, educational administration Principal Certificate, instructional technology, reading, special education, or content areas (math, English, biology, etc).

The Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling also offers a Transcripted Certification in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) as well as a  Transcripted Certification in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Cognate Areas Offered

We encourage completed applications by the following dates for committee review.

(Applications received after the established dates will be deferred to the following term)


Application Deadlines

Fall admission

Materials submitted by August 1

Summer admission

Materials submitted by April 1

Applications to the doctoral program are only accepted for admission during Fall and Summer terms.

Contact Dr. Varela ( for questions about the application process.


Items Considered for Admissions with Instructions

EDLD Handbook



Official transcripts from any and all college or university attended

Order and send digitally from institution(s) attended to Texas A & M – Kingsville.


Mail documents to Graduate Admissions, 700 University Blvd., MSC 128, Kingsville, TX 78363


Deliver to Javelina Enrollment Services Center, first floor, Memorial Student Union Building, 1050 W Santa Gertrudis Ave., Kingsville, TX 78363

Completion of master’s degree in a relevant discipline as will be noted in official transcripts

No action required. Transcripts are audited by Graduate Admissions office internally.

Writing Artifact: Provide a copy of one writing artifact from previous work (thesis, research paper, journal article, field study, grant, specialist project, etc.) which highlights academic/professional writing skills.

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Personal Statement ( <500 words): Describe a problem you have solved or a problem you would like to solve. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could take to identify a solution.


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Personal interview 

Scheduled by a member of the admission committee who will contact you. Held virtually.