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Graduate Bulletin

Educational Administration, Ed.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  February 1

Applications are accepted for the Fall term only.  Applications are reviewed as soon as they are complete, and the applicant is notified in as timely a manner as possible.  Completed applications received by the deadline are guaranteed a decision for the upcoming term.  Applications completed after the stated deadline are reviewed on a space available basis. If interested in fellowship consideration, submit application by January 5.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

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

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

ED ADM 5503: Supervision

ED ADM 5505: Introduction to Administration

ED ADM 5715: Instructional Leadership

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A master's degree in Educational Administration or a related discipline is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree is required, although it need not be in an education field.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals is typically 2 to 3 pages in length. It should contain 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; relevant academic and job-related experiences; and a description of personal motivation for becoming an educational leader.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. Scores should be above the 50th percentile.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, and 79 internet-based.


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, students who hold a master's degree may be granted advanced standing 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
General Program Requirements:

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

Required Courses:

Educational Administration (39 s.h.)

Doctoral Core (15 s.h.)

Electives (18 s.h.)

Doctoral seminars and dissertation credits

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

Language Examination:   No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Preliminary Examination:

The preliminary examination tests 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. It is taken during the final semester of coursework. The examination is offered on two consecutive Saturdays in the middle of the Spring semester. The student must submit a formal application for the examination to the academic advisor.

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 a group, the faculty review the student's scores and determine the final rating for her/his examination.


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 not necessarily exhaustive, is at least sufficient to provide the reader with enough information to understand why research is being conducted; a detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem; and a proposed timeline to complete the dissertation. The Doctoral Advisory Committee must initially approve the student's proposal. In addition, all proposals from students in the College of Education must be approved by the College's Proposal Review Committee.


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

The Doctoral Advisory Committee oversees all aspects of the student's dissertation, from the proposal to the oral defense.  It consists of a minimum of three graduate faculty members. Two of the faculty members, including the Chair, must be from the Educational Administration program. The third member must be from one of the other programs in the College of Education or Temple University. Committee makeup that differs from this rule must be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies of the College of Education and by the Dean of the Graduate School.

The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense.  It consists of the three members of the Doctoral Advisory Committee, plus two additional faculty members. One of the 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 assigns one member of the Dissertation Examining Committee. The Dissertation Examining Committee votes to pass or fail the dissertation at the conclusion of the oral defense. The outcome of the defense is determined by a majority vote.

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

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

A change in dissertation advisor must be done in consultation with the program coordinator. A change in committee member must be done in consultation with the advisor. Complete details about the dissertation process are provided in the College of Education Dissertation Handbook, which is available from 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. Joseph DuCette


About the Program

The program focuses on advanced positions of leadership in education, including Superintendent, Central Office staff, State or Federal agency administrator, administrator in an institution of higher education, and professor.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus, Fort Washington

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

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

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

Interdisciplinary Study:

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


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

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


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 Administration of Higher Education. Faculty research covers a wide range of issues and problems in the administration of schools and institutions of higher education.

Job Placement:

Graduates typically become senior administrators in public or private schools; administrators in State or Federal agencies; and administrators or professors in institutions of higher education.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

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

Financing Opportunities

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

Updated 6.15.09