Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Programs

Doctor of Education - SMU


SMU offers two new and innovative Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree programs to prepare leaders in pre-K to 12 and higher education settings:

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (pre-K to 12)
Ed.D. in Higher Education

Both programs are seeking values-driven leaders dedicated to improving student lives to start in Fall 2018.


Highlights of the Ed.D. Experience

Executive-style, cohort-based experience

The Ed.D. is a three-year executive-style program in which students gather in person 10 weekends each year as well as two Summer intensive sessions. In addition, an online community supports continued learning in between live class sessions. Located in the heart of Dallas with convenient access to both Love Field and DFW International Airport, the schedule is designed for mid-career professionals to further their education while continuing to work.

Rigorous, practice-based curriculum

The Ed.D. curriculum is designed to develop your knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively lead educational organizations. The curriculum is designed to engage you in real-world problem solving and decision-making that test your leadership through a variety of methods, including case study analyses, leadership simulations, and team projects. While the vast majority of coursework is tailored for each program, joint learning opportunities are provided through a select set of courses and guest speakers in order to foster dialogue across the pre-K to 16 continuum.

Five cross-cutting themes infuse courses and other learning opportunities:

  • Academic Leadership
  • Strategic & Organizational Leadership
  • Policy & Political Leadership
  • Evidence-based Leadership
  • Personal & Ethical Leadership

An applied dissertation serves as a capstone experience and is designed for students to build upon and demonstrate leadership competencies through engaging in a multifaceted inquiry project based on a problem of practice.

Exceptional colleagues and faculty

You will learn from passionate and collaborative colleagues who have already demonstrated leadership impact in diverse settings. The program is designed for you to learn from each other's skills and perspectives. World-class faculty and guest speakers will serve to facilitate your learning and help you meet your professional goals. A small cohort allows for individualized attention and frequent interaction with faculty.

Explore your program:

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (pre-K to 12)
Ed.D. in Higher Education

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