EdD

Self Design

Program Overview

The Doctor of Education (EdD) at the University of the Southwest is a practitioner doctoral program for the working professional in the field of educational leadership and administration.  The program offers an innovative and real-world curriculum that focuses on preparing educational leaders that are dynamic in nature and diverse in their makeup.  Emphasis is placed upon preparing administrators for transformational leadership roles and is structured around four domains:  1. Leadership Foundations, 2. Organizational Dynamics and Change, 3. Strategic Planning, and 4. Research. 

The Educational Leadership – General/Self-Design specialization provides students the opportunity to customize the program emphasis area to meet individualized career goals.  Candidates can select courses from a variety of content areas to tailor the specialization to meet their professional objectives.  This emphasis is recommended for students practicing in both the private and/or public sector, as well as those in executive roles in organizational training and development.

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Program Highlights

  • The program can be completed 100% online.
  • All textbooks and course materials are included with the cost of tuition – students NEVER pay for a textbook!
  • A free laptop is included in the first course.
  • Free virtual healthcare.
  • Optional self-design track allowing students to customize specialization courses.
  • Two program residencies include access to world-renowned business professionals and speakers. Residencies can be completed live/on-campus or virtually.
  • Includes a turnkey program price with tuition at $799/cr. and no hidden fees.
  • Includes access to an industry-leading software platform designed to guide students through the dissertation process.

Admission Criteria

Required:

  1. A conferred master’s degree from a regionally accredited university;
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, or higher, on a four-point scale in all graduate coursework;
  3. Three years, or more, of industry experience in the selected field of study;
  4. Official masters transcript(s)
  5. Program admission application;
  6. Program admission essay*
  7. Current resume/cv
  8. Two letters of reference

Preferred:

  1. A conferred MEd or master’s degree in the field of education from a regionally accredited university;
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.5, or higher, on a four-point scale in all graduate coursework;
  3. Two years, or more, of classroom experience and three years of experience in administration;
  4. Official masters transcript(s)
  5. Program admission application;
  6. Program admission essay*
  7. Current resume/cv
  8. Two letters of reference

*Program admission essay is an opportunity to demonstrate to the committee why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of the Southwest and showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration. The essay should be 1,000-1,500 words explaining what you hope to achieve by pursuing a doctoral degree, the personal strengths that will help you succeed in a doctoral program, and describe how obtaining a EdD will help you institute a positive social change within your chosen field or industry.

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