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Graduate Bulletin

Educational Administration, Ed.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 5 (for campus fellowship consideration)

         February 1 (for all applications)

Spring: October 1

Applications are accepted throughout the semester for both the fall and spring terms.  Completed applications received by February 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring are guaranteed a decision for the upcoming term.    Applications received after the stated deadlines will be reviewed on a space available basis. We will review applications as soon as they are complete and notify the applicant in as timely a manner as possible.


Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters should be solicited from persons knowledgeable of the applicant's academic or professional work experience.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

ED ADM 5505 (500): Introduction to Administration

ED ADM 5503 (503): Supervision

ED ADM 5715 (715): Instructional Leadership

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Statement of Goals:

Applicants should indicate their goals for obtaining the degree. A typical goal statement contains the following items: the reason for seeking the degree with a specific focus on the career to which the applicant aspires; the applicant's research interest; and academic and job-related experiences that are relevant; and a description of personal motivation for becoming an educational leader. A typical goal statement is 2 to 3 pages in length.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. Scores should be above the 50th percentile for the relevant comparision group.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 on the paper-based test or 230 on the computer-based test. Applicants who score below 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test will be required to take and pass a remedial English course during their first semester at Temple University.



The interview is by invitation, approximately two months following the application deadline. The interview is a group interview.



A resume is required.

Advanced Standing:

Following admission, upon approval of the academic advisor. The maximum number of advanced standing credits awarded is 30.

Test Waivers:

International and U.S. applicants who reside in distant areas may have the interview waived.

Program Requirements


Campus Location:

Main Campus, Fort Washington

Student may take a significant number of courses at the Harrisburg campus.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students may to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Master's: 36

Required Courses:

Doctoral seminars and dissertation credits. Educational Administration 39 s.h. Doctoral Core 15 s.h. Electives 18 s.h. Plus dissertation credits

Internship: Yes, an internship is required. The Internship is part-time at the building, district, or instructional level.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Preliminary Examination:

The examinations test understanding and application of administrative principles and theory. All areas of Educational Administration are presented in the examination. The exam consists of vignettes, essay questions, and cases. The examination is to be taken during the final semester of course work.

All faculty members participate in writing questions. Each faculty member reads responses to items which they prepared or are in their areas of expertise. An item may be scored "outstanding" "satisfactory" or "fail". As agroup the faculty review the student's scores and determine the final rating for his/her examination. The examination is offered on two consecutive Saturdays at about mid of the spring semester. The student must submit a formal application for the examination to the academic advisor.


Dissertation Advising Committee Information The doctoral advisory committee consists of a minimum of three graduate faculty members. Two of these faculty members, including the chairperson, must be from the Educational Administration program. The third member must be from one of the other programs in the College or University. Dissertation Advisory Committees that differ from this rule must approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Education and by the Dean of the Graduate School. The doctoral advisory committee oversees all aspects of the student's dissertation, from the proposal to the oral defense. Complete details about the entire dissertation process are available in the College of Education Dissertation Handbook that is available from the Office of Student Services.

Dissertation Examining Committee Information The Dissertation Examination Committee consists of the three members of the Advisory Committee, plus two additional faculty members. One of these additional faculty members must be from a program outside of Educational Administration. In addition, the College's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies will assign one of the members of the Examining committee. The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense.

Advisor/Committee Information To change the dissertation advisor, onsult with the program coordinator. To change a member, consult with the advisor.

Dissertation/Monograph Philosophy The dissertation is an original piece of schloarship that makes a contribution to the field of Educational Administration. The methodology may incorporate quantitative and/or qualitative approaches.

Philosophy of the Proposal The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. Minimally, the proposal should contain: the context and background surrounding a particular research problem; a survey and review of literature which, though may not be exhausitive, is at least sufficient to provide the reader with enough information to understand why research is being conducted; detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem; and a proposed timeline to complete the dissertation. The Dissertation Advisory Committee must intially approve the students' proposal. In addition, all proposals from students in the College of Education must be approved by the College's proposal review Committee.

Criterion for Passing the Dissertation and the Defense. The Dissertation Examining Committee will vote to pass or fail the dissertation at the conclusion of the oral defense. The outcome of the defense is determined by a majority vote.

Dissertation Defense Scheduling Students preparing to defend their dissertation must confirm a date and time with the dissertation examining committee. Notification of this date and time must then be submitted on the appropriate College form to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs nd Graduate Studies no less than three weeks prior to the oral defense. This notification will then be sent to the Graduate School and posted in the Office of Student Services.

Announcing the Dissertation Defense The announcement of the oral defense will be sent to the Graduate School by the Associate Dean no less than 10 days prior to the defense. A copy of this announcement will be sent to each member of the Examining Committee and will be posted on the bulletin board in the Office of Student Services.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

College of Education
248 Ritter Hall (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Marcia Whitaker


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Corrinne Caldwell



Dr. Erin Horvat


About the Program

The program focus is on advanced postions of Leadership in Education. Graduates may become Superintendents, Central Office staff, Administrators in State and Federal agencies, Administrators in Institutions of Higher Education, and Professors.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus, Fort Washington

Student may take a significant number of courses at the Harrisburg campus.

Students may complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).


The program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Areas of Specialization:

The student may select a concentration in School Administration, School Business Administration or the Administration of Higher Education. Faculty research covers a wide range of issues and problems in the adminstration of schools and institutions of Higher Education.

Job Placement:

Graduates typically become senior Adminstrators in public or private schools. Some become Adminstrators or Professors in Institutions of Higher Education.


The program is affiliated with the University Council for Educational Administration.

Interdisciplinary Study:

Up to 33 s.h. may be completed outside of Educational Administration.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

A student may complete 9 credits prior to admission to a degree program. All courses except Doctoral seminars are open to non-matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistants may assist Faculty in their research and instruction. Person may teach a recitation section of an undergraduate course. Applicants must obtain and submit an application form to the Director of Graduate Programs

Other Financial Opportunities

June 2007