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Courses

The program admits cohorts every two years. The next cohort begins in summer 2021.

Delivery of this program is blended: Your course work will be online and in person on MU's Columbia, Missouri campus during your first two summers. During the fall and spring semesters, students will participate in course work on Wednesday evenings with their assigned partner institution (synchronously online for those assigned to the virtual cohort).

  • Missouri State University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Missouri

All students are expected to attend an in-person orientation in the late Spring.

Successful completion of the program requires 34 credit hours of course work plus 12 credit hours of dissertation.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Please note that some courses are offered only in ODD (e.g., 2017) or EVEN (e.g., 2018) years. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Year 1

FallSpringSummer
FSpSu
ED_LPA 9470 Organizational Analysis for Educational Leadership
4 credit hours
  X
ED_LPA 9471 Educational Leadership Inquiry I: Change, Diversity and Ethics
2 credit hours
  X
ED_LPA 9472 Educational Leadership Inquiry II: Research Ethics
1 credit hour
 X 
ED_LPA 9474 Professional Seminar I: Research Design
1 credit hour
X  
ED_LPA 9474 Professional Seminar I: Research Design
1 credit hour
 X 
ED_LPA 9476 Leadership Theory and Practice
3 credit hour
X  
ED_LPA 9477 Leadership Theory and Practice Application: Leaders and Data
1 credit hour
X  
ED_LPA 9480 Team Building and Group Dynamics
1 credit hour
  X
ED_LPA 9483 Qualitative Tools for Applied Research in Educational Leadership X 

Year 2

FallSpringSummer
FSpSu
ED_LPA 9469 Education Leadership Inquiry IV: Data-Driven Decision Making
1 credit hour
 X 
ED_LPA 9473 Educational Leadership Inquiry III: Data Reporting
1 credit hour
X  
ED_LPA 9475 Professional Seminar II: Literature Reviews
1 credit hour
X  
ED_LPA 9475 Professional Seminar II: Prospectus Development
1 credit hour
 X 
ED_LPA 9478 Policy Analysis for Educational Leadership
4 credit hours
  X
ED_LPA 9479 Content and Context of Learning X 
ED_LPA 9482 Quantitative Tools for Applied Research in Educational Leadership  X
ED_LPA 9484 Program Evaluation and Planning for Educational LeadersX  

Year 3 through program completion

FallSpringSummer
FSpSu
ED_LPA 9090 Research in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
12 credit hours
XXX
Note: Given the cohort design, specific course enrollment information will be provided by the program.
FallSpringSummer
FSpSu

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in graduate studies.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • This program requires GRE scores as part of the application.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Submit your application in time.

    Application dates

    Applications are due October 15, 2020, for Cohort 13, which will begin in late Spring 2021. Starting in 2020, applications will be due Oct. 15 of even years (e.g., 2020, 2022).

  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Résumé or CV displaying relevant organizational or educational leadership experience as well as evidence of consistency between your goals and that of the program's goals.
    • Statement of purpose and a brief essay.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
    • Contact details for three references who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. References should come from faculty who have taught and/or advised you, although one may be from an administrator/supervisor. Each reference will complete the process online. Please be courteous and give them a reasonable amount of time to complete and submit their recommendations.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Doctorate- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Educational Leadership & Policy/Educational Leadership—Distance (EdD)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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The department will notify you in mid-December 2020 whether they will invite you to participate in Interview Day.

  • Interview Day will take place in January of 2021.

Ask us about this program

For information about academic issues or course content, please contact

This program is administered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.