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 College 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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“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. Candidates are admitted as a cohort and begin in a Fall semester. 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.

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

  • Ethics, both personally and professionally
  • Instructional understandings and 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 that are 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. Work on the ROS is woven into the course of study and will address some aspect of school leadership, management, or instruction. The ROS will 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.

The 69-hour Ed.D. program is delivered through a Saturday format and is a cohort model. The Ed.D. has a focus on executive leadership and provides students with culturally responsive skills needed to develop and administer school districts.


Admissions Deadline: December 1, 2019

The next cohort will start Fall 2020.

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

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Doctoral Frequently Asked Questions


  • I still have further questions—who can I contact to help me answer those?

    Please feel free to contact the Graduate Advising Office in 511 Harrington Tower. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  You can e-mail us at Our mailing address is 4226 TAMU; College Station, TX 77843-4226. Office fax number: (979) 862-4347. Please make sure to include a cover sheet when faxing.

  • Can you guide me through the application process?

    Completed Application: A completed Apply Texas application. Apply online at The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. Application Fee: A non-refundable $50 application fee for domestic applicants and $75 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 University. For information on submitting official transcripts to Texas A&M University, please visit their website.

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  • How soon can I apply?

    Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible!

  • I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

    Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.

  • Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?

    Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the following departments: Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid

  • What are the typical program costs?

    You can base the cost of attendance on 64 graduate credit hours (for doctoral students). The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Cost of attendance estimator

  • Is the Online Ed.D Program at Texas A&M University for me?

    Do you see yourself as an expert mid-career educator with significant teaching experience who is highly respected by your peers and who aspires to have a leadership role in P-16 public and private education? This program is intended to place an emphasis on acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to (a) lead school-based programs, (b) conduct content analyses of school curricula, (c) design protocols for conducting needs assessments associated with professional development programming, (d) conduct lesson analyses for enhanced instructional effectiveness that will promote increased student performance, and (e) design and implement program evaluations.

  • Is there a general program time line that I can review?

    Yes, it’s available online here: Time line for completion of the Online Ed.D

  • How self-paced is this program?

    The program is not a self-paced program. Due to the nature of the program and the cohort system on which it is based, the semester course load for each semester is pre-determined. You will be taking courses with other members of your cohort. A table of scheduled courses can be found here: Tentative Schedule of Coursework

  • Do you offer any other admission times besides the spring semester?

    We only offer spring admissions.

  • Is the GRE required?

    Yes, the GRE is required.

  • Do I have to take summer courses?

    Yes, as a student in the Online Ed.D. Program you will be required to participate in summer courses each summer throughout the program.

  • How many weeks does each course last?

    Courses for this program follow the regular TAMU academic semester calendar. Students complete two courses each semester, with each course lasting a full semester.

  • How is the Online Ed.D. content delivered?

    The content of the entire Online Ed.D. Program is delivered asynchronously through a web-based delivery system. All classes will be offered online through Texas A&M University. The program follows a cohort model, with all students in each cohort enrolled together in classes throughout the program.

  • How often will I be required to come to campus?/What are the residency requirements?

    Students are not required to come to campus at any time during the program. Texas A&M University has a residency requirement for EdD students which requires students to be enrolled “full-time” for at least two semesters. Students in this program who are full-time employees during the program can be exempted from this requirement. (Additional information will be needed, such as a petition and verification of employment.) If not employed full-time during the program, students will need to register for additional hours at the end of the program to meet the residency requirement.

  • How long does it take to complete the Online Ed.D. Program?

    The prospectus of the Online Ed.D. Program lays out a minimum four-year completion time line. Students are required to enroll in the spring, summer, and fall semesters for each academic year until the program is completed. The time of completion will vary due to the Record of Study required at the end of the program. Some students are able to complete this in two semesters, wheras other student might take longer.

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