The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development (EAHR) develops educational leaders and improves practice through teaching, research and service in the areas of public school administration, human resource development, higher education administration, adult education and student affairs administration. Statewide and nationally, EAHR graduates, faculty and staff play major roles in the education of children and adults.

As one of four departments in the School of Education and Human Development, EAHR is currently home to about 380 undergraduate students, 392 graduate students, 22 faculty and 22 staff.

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PK-12 Educational Leadership
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Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
Educational Human Resource Development
Workforce, Adult, & Lifelong Education (WALE)
Human Resource Development
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“What I enjoy most are the opportunities to work with such a diverse, intelligent, talented group of life-long learners,” said Druery. “People who are helpful, friendly and want to see you succeed encourage me on a daily basis.”

 – Donna Druery

Ed.D in Educational Administration, emphasis in:

PK-12 Educational Leadership

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration with an emphasis in PK-12 Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education in Educational Administration, with a focus on PK-12 School Administration, prepares candidates for culturally-responsive leadership, commitment to education, and the skills needed for advanced administrative practice in schools and districts. This 69-hour Ed.D. program is delivered through a Saturday format and is a cohort model. Upon successful completion of the program and approval of faculty, candidates will have completed the course requirements for Superintendent Certification in the state of Texas and will meet the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) standards for the superintendent certificate, should they choose to take the TExES exam.

Our program provides candidates with the skills needed to equitably serve all students to achieve a high level of success while demonstrating:

  • Professional and personal ethics.
  • Instructional strategies that create high-performing schools for a diverse population of students.
  • Financial management skills.
  • A functional understanding of systems and organizational management.
  • The ability to engage in the policy and political issues critical to successful change and innovation.
  • The ability to evaluate information and determine appropriate courses of action.

The Record of Study (ROS) is the culminating research problem of practice for candidates in the program. The ROS is woven into the course of study and will address some aspect of school leadership, management, or instruction, as well as have a context of addressing social justice in public education. Candidates will choose from three ROS options:

  • A comprehensive district analysis/redesign;
  • Journal-ready articles; or
  • Research following traditional dissertation guidelines.


Fall 2024 Admissions Deadline: March 1, 2024

Candidates are selected for membership in a cohort based on:

  • Holding a master’s degree.
  • Holding a principal certificate in PK-12.
  • Record of leadership experience – applicants are expected to have at least two years of full-time education leadership experience upon entering or upon completing the program.
  • Engaging in an interview with faculty.

Candidates typically maintain their current employment while pursuing this degree.


To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the EAHR department and Texas A&M University.

How to apply

Program Details

Degree: Doctor of Education in Educational Administration
Emphasis: PK-12 Educational Leadership
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Credit Hours: Cohort Model (69 hours)

Tuition calculator

For a better understanding of your total cost of attendance (COA), please visit our cost and tuition rates webpage ( This webpage will provide you with an opportunity to review estimated COA information for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as other resources such as the tuition calculator and billing and fee explanations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program offered online?


The Ed.D. in Educational Administration is not an approved distance education program. It is a cohort-model program with courses meeting face-to-face on Saturdays each semester.

Do I have to take summer courses?


You will be required to participate in courses each summer throughout the Ed.D. program.

I am seeking Superintendent Certification. Is this the program I need to apply to?


This is the correct program for prospective students seeking Superintendent Certification in the State of Texas.

What is the cost of tuition for this program?

You can base the cost of attendance on 69 graduate credit hours.

Check out the cost of attendance estimator.

For a better understanding of your total cost of attendance (COA), please visit our cost and tuition rates webpage ( This webpage will provide you with an opportunity to review estimated COA information for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as other resources such as the tuition calculator and billing and fee explanations.

How soon can I apply?

Applications for the Ed.D. program are accepted August 1-December 1, for the following Fall semester.

It is recommended that applicants submit all application materials in advance of the deadline to ensure a complete application when reviews begin.


Completed Application

  • A completed Texas A&M University GraduateCAS application.
  • The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport.
  • Application fee: A non-refundable $89 application fee for domestic applicants and $114 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060.
  • Official transcripts and records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

Note: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M UniversityLearn more about submitting official transcripts.

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Graduate Advisors

Kerri Smith

Associate Director

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Daniel Bowen

Associate Professor

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Beverly Irby

Regents Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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Jean Madsen


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Gwendolyn Webb

Associate Professor

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Carl Fahrenwald

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Susan Holley

Clinical Associate Professor

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Abelardo Saavedra

Professor of Practice

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Brian Holzman

Assistant Professor

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Valerie Hill-Jackson

Assistant Professor

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Lori Taylor

Professor/Head of the Public Service and Administration Department

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Notice to students pursuing programs that may lead to a professional license or certification required for employment:

The program you are interested in or have applied for may lead to professional license or certification that is required for employment. The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for licensure or certification where students are located. In addition, the regulation requires a direct disclosure be provided when a program’s curriculum does not meet state requirements or if the institution has not made a determination if a program’s curriculum meets state requirements.

Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program.

The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

  • has not made a determination of whether the Ed.D. in Educational Administration meets the educational requirements for AS, CNMI, GU, MH, FM, and PW

We recommend students contact the appropriate state licensing agency in their state or the state where they intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure/certification requirements before beginning the program.

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