Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – K-12 School Leadership (Endorsement)

Degree Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education, primarily an online program with some face-to-face requirements, is designed to facilitate adult learning styles in a specialized field of education. Capitalizing on critical thinking, scholarly research that informs practice, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview, this degree is primarily reserved for those interested in adding research skills in their vocations. After successfully negotiating the candidacy examination, all students must complete a culminating experience: the submission and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. Students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent may be admitted to the Ph.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master's transcripts.

Concentration Description

The online Ph.D. in K-12 School Leadership provides continuing education for teachers and is designed for those seeking initial administrative endorsement. Students seeking this add-on endorsement must already hold a professional teaching license, a copy of which is required with the admissions application, and have completed a minimum of three years teaching experience upon program completion. The courses for this Ph.D. in K-12 School Leadership program have been organized around the six Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards and the endorsement competencies for Administration and Supervision preK-12 issued by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to prepare students for positions as assistant principals or principals.

Program Highlights

Length: 77 credit hour minimum
Format: Offered in a cohort model, students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree with a concentration in K-12 School Leadership. The Doctor of Philosophy is awarded after completion of 77 credit hours.
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Career Opportunities

Executive Leadership Throughout K-12 Education
Principalship & Vice Principalship
Central Office in Public School
State Dept. of Education Leadership

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