Educational Leadership – Doctorate


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Earning a doctorate degree might seem like a daunting task but at Maryville, it’s completely manageable. Our Doctor of Education program is designed for people like you, who are currently working in the field, have already completed a master’s degree, and have obtained initial licensure for principalship. We’re committed to giving you a valuable, in-depth understanding of advanced educational leadership and central office administration, while also working with your needs as an individual and as a working professional.

Maryville’s doctorate in education program has quickly become a highly-valued stamp of excellence across the St. Louis region. This innovative program is unique in providing personal mentoring from dedicated faculty-practitioners, incorporating elements of business, political, and social leadership throughout the program, and providing a practitioner focus within the larger context of the roles of schools in a democracy. Our program is designed to produce leaders who have a deep understanding of leadership, who are change agents capable of initiating and sustaining positive change, and who are reflective learners with skills to gather information in a democratic environment.

For more information: email us at hstanwich@maryville.edu or call 314.529.9542.

Program Features

Recognized for Excellence
When you earn your Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Maryville, you’ll have opportunities for excellence on every level. Our program is nationally accredited and recognized throughout the St. Louis region for being a leader in administrator preparation. You’ll work with outstanding faculty members and exemplary professionals in the field. You’ll enjoy small classes, innovative approaches and plenty of opportunities for professional growth. With a strong foundation of theory, practical application, and a developed personal philosophy about leadership, you’ll be a highly respected leader.

Cohort Approach
Our program is organized around a cohort plan: cohorts, or student groups, usually consist of 15 to 22 students who advance through their classes together. This builds camaraderie among your peers, provides another educational resource and helps you recognize your own strengths. Your cohort becomes your learning community and a permanent network of trusted colleagues as you proceed through the two and one-half year program and afterwards into your career.

Built-in Research Project
A capstone project is begun early in the doctoral degree program and is completed at the conclusion of the last class (7th semester). The purpose of this action research is for practitioners to investigate and improve their practices and initiate procedures that will, ultimately, increase student achievement. The capstone should be one that occurs and is supported at the district or school level and has a practical positive impact for the school district.

Internship and School Experiences
Candidates proceed through the 42-credit-hour program by taking six hours each semester. An internship experience of 250 hours, completed over the course of the program, is designed to provide a focused, hands-on experience with professionals involved in every aspect of the operations and governance of a school district. Careful personal supervision by Maryville faculty ensure you learn all aspects of school and district leadership. Professionals can sit for the national exam for the superintendency upon completion of the program.

Professional/Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program allows you to pursue many levels of school leadership, both within and outside school and district offices. Completing the doctorate prepares you for the Missouri superintendent licensure exam. Once you’ve successfully completed the exam, you will have access to leadership positions in all levels of education, such as an assistant superintendent or superintendent, in districts across the country.  Maryville’s doctorate in education program has quickly become a highly-valued stamp of excellence across the St. Louis region.

Degree Offerings and Requirements

Admission Requirements

For admission to the doctorate program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. You must have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Complete an application for admission to the program (online).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals.
  • Submit the application essay to demonstrate that you have the necessary competencies for the program.
  • Complete an interview and on-site writing sample with the program faculty.
  • International students must submit appropriate TOEFL scores.

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