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Superintendent Preparation

Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership
In the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (ELPHD)

NC State‚Äôs Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare systems-level leaders to improve the quality of K-12 schools by preparing the next generation of superintendents dedicated to educational excellence and equity. Graduates are empowered with leadership strategies that improve student performance in environments that are dynamic, interactive, and culturally diverse.

EdD Admissions Information Sessions

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Program Description

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at North Carolina State University leads to district/superintendent licensure and is intended to prepare district-level school leaders who can:

  • Provide sound instructional leadership at all levels
  • Use qualitative and quantitative data as a basis for school improvement
  • Effectively administer fiscal, curricular, and personnel resources
  • Exhibit strong written and oral communications skills
  • Participate effectively in educational politics, policy analysis, and development
  • Critically and strategically analyze school problems
  • Demonstrate effective leadership at the school and district level
  • Administer schools in a legally and ethically defensible manner
  • Demonstrate excellence in administration

The Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision requires core courses in educational leadership, research methods courses, an internship, and a dissertation. Students must be officially admitted to the Ed.D. program to enroll in doctoral classes. Please be aware that a Ph.D. in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis is also offered, but only the Ed.D. leads to superintendent licensure.

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Dr. Fran Riddick
Teaching Assistant Professor
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