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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies  |   Doctoral Degree

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Purpose of Program

The primary objective of the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program is to provide advanced academic preparation in educational leadership, research, and policy studies with an emphasis in K-12 leadership or higher education. Doctoral students obtain advanced academic training in theories of education and learning; emerging paradigms of organizational and community leadership; and high-level, critical research methods and skills for developing, analyzing, and evaluating educational programs and practices. The program prepares students to become transformational, social justice leaders and scholars trained to investigate and challenge societal problems that continue to impact educational institutions, diverse communities, and experiences of students in P-20 contexts. The program emphasizes equity, excellence, social justice, democracy, policy and politics, and responsiveness to diverse community needs.

Areas of faculty expertise include:

  • P-20 school-university collaborations
  • Successful principals
  • College student access and success
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Education law and ethics
  • Leadership preparation
  • Equity and access for underserved and underrepresented student groups
  • Community contexts and schooling

Program Options

A doctorate in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. Fifty-one hours are classes and the remaining 9 hours are dissertation hours:

  •   6 hours of Cultural Core
  • 15 hours of Methodology
  • 9 hours of Leadership
  • 15 hours of Emphasis (K-12 leadership or higher education administration)     
  •   6 hours of Cognate Support
  •   9 hours of Dissertation

Career Opportunities

Graduates have a number of diverse career options such as: Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant and Deputy Superintendent, Superintendent, Curriculum Coordinator, University Professor, Higher Education Administration positions in Universities and Community Colleges, etc.

Job Outlook/Earnings

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

Applicant must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • A master's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5
  • Submission of an official score on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 
  • A resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating leadership experience in an educational environment 
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals (at least one letter should come from a university professor familiar with the applicant's academic work)
  • Submit a statement of purpose for either the K-12 leadership or the higher education administration emphasis: 
    • K-12 emphasis: (1) reasons for pursuing doctoral degree; (2) biographical sketch of experiences in the field of education; (3) career plans; (4) scholarly interests; and (5) views on and roles in current and future educational reform efforts 
    • Higher education administration emphasis: (1) reasons for pursing doctoral degree; (2) short-term and long-term career goals; (3) scholarly/research interests; (4) views on social justice and equity in higher education; (5) educational and professional experience; (6) identification of higher education policy issue that needs reform and why

** Only applications certified as complete by the Graduate School will be considered. For additional requirements to complete application, or admission assistance, please visit the graduate school website at graduateschool.utsa.edu.

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For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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Financial Aid & Scholarships

To apply for financial aid, complete the:

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
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San Antonio, TX 78249

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
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San Antonio, TX 78249