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Doctor of Education (EdD) in
Educational Leadership


Program Overview

The University of Alabama offers students and busy professionals the ability to earn a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in a fully online format. Upon completion, our graduates are equipped with an expanded skill set to lead their schools and organizations to promote effective and inclusive learning environments.

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Equip Yourself for the Highest Level of Educational Leadership

Designed by expert faculty members, this program will provide you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to function as scholarly, ethical and reflective decision-maker in the areas of executive management, educational leadership and policy. This program is tailored to accommodate your schedule as a full-time working professional.

Our alumni are in leadership positions as assistant principals, principals, supervisors, assistant superintendents, superintendents and state-level personnel as well as serving in district offices, community centers and policy organizations. The degree program is offered in an online format with some synchronous virtual class meetings, which are facilitated by faculty for all to participate in engaging and collaborative discussions.

  • Application DeadlineApril 1
  • Fees$10 College of Education graduate fee (per credit hour)
  • Required For EntranceMaster's Degree


Courses for the program are offered in an online format combining weekends and an online coursework. A minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the master’s degree is required for completion of the EdD program. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Required Courses

  • Educational Leadership Courses (AEL): 36 hours
  • Educational Foundations Courses (BEF): 12 hours
  • Educational Research (BER): 12 hours
  • Dissertation Hours: 12 hours

Depending on coursework prior to admission to the EdD program, prerequisites for more advanced study in educational leadership may be required.


Admission to the EdD program requires the following:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 average for the last 60 credit hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program

A completed application includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, and a Graduate School application.


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(800) 467-0227

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