Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The MSU Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) is designed to meet the distinctive needs of P-16 practitioner-leaders by addressing the call put forth by the Southern Regional Education Board and others to ensure that there is a quality leader in every school.

There are three main tracks in the program. The program's first track, focusing on P-12 Administrative Leadership, provides opportunities for P-12 educators to remain on the job and be involved in rigorous leadership training while conducting research designed to bring about improved student achievement in their schools. The second track of Educational Technology Leadership is designed for the educational leader to provide leadership and support of colleagues through instructional design, curriculum development, and educational technology implementation and integration. The third track of Adult and Higher Education Leadership is designed for highly competent educational leaders who want to develop the capacity of individuals' to plan, organize and carry through a variety of education and service programs to meet adult learners' needs in postsecondary and adult continuing education settings.

This is a practitioner-based doctorate designed to provide advanced training for those P-16 and technology leaders on the job. The overall goal of the program is to improve the educational attainment of residents of the eastern region of Kentucky.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Dr. John Curry at j.curry@moreheadstate.edu or 606-783-2261.

"The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done; men and an women who are creative, inventive and discoverers who have minds which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything they are offered. " - Jean Piaget   

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Program Requirements

Admission packets should be submitted to:

Graduate Admissions 
Morehead State University 
150 University Blvd.
701 Ginger Hall 
Morehead, KY 40351

Applications are accepted once a year. Deadline is April 1st. 
 

Application process:

The application process will consist of completion of an application submitted to the Graduate School at MSU with the accompanying items listed below in the application file. MSU EdD faculty members will initially review applications. Applicants who are considered likely potential candidates will be interviewed by an admissions committee composed of MSU EdD faculty members and educational partners.  In order to choose the most outstanding applicants, the EdD admissions committee will make selections based on a holistic evaluation of the candidate's application file, including:

  • GRE, MAT, or GMAT scores, including GRE Writing score or on-demand writing sample;
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
  • Documentation of a master's degree from an institution accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation body;
  • For international and ESL applicants, an appropriate TOEFL score or its equivalent;
  • Resume or vita documenting years of related professional/leadership or educational technology, instructional design and training experience;
  • Letter of introduction/interest stating professional goals, leadership style, and educational philosophy;
  • Recommendations must be received from at least three professional references from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program: at least one to be completed by immediate or up-line supervisor or (for Ed. Tech track) professional familiar with candidate's use of technology, instructional design, and training; others to be completed by professional colleagues or university faculty who are familiar with the applicant; (Applicants, please forward the following link to persons agreeing to provide a recommendation for you: MSU EdD Recommendations or (www.surveymonkey.com/s/FHP3WD8) ;
  • Documentation of previous statistical methodology, research related coursework or evidence of use and application of data-informed decision making to determine possible need for statistical methodology coursework.
  • Additionally, applicants will need to complete the MSU graduate application and the Agreement for Admission form.

EdD admission checklist and scoring rubric:

  • Complete graduate application (available online).
  • Letter of introduction/interest stating professional goals, leadership style, and educational philosophy
  • Documentation of a master's degree from an institution accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation body.  Must include official transcripts of all graduate work completed,
  • Score reports: GRE,  MAT, or GMAT, including GRE Writing score or on-demand writing sample
  • For international and ESL students, an appropriate TOEFL score or its equivalent
  • Resume or vita (3 page maximum) documenting professional/leadership or educational technology, instructional design and training experience
  • Three completed EdD Candidate Recommendation Forms. At least three professional references from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program, at least one to be completed by immediate or up-line supervisor familiar with the candidate's leadership ability, or (for Ed. Tech strand) professional familiar with candidate's use of technology, instructional design, and training; others to be completed by professional colleagues or university faculty
  • Documentation of previous statistical methodology, research related coursework or evidence of use and application of data-informed decision making to determine possible need for statistical methodology coursework.
  • Admission rubric and rubric quality indicators

Letter of introduction/interest evaluation criteria:

The importance of the letter of introduction cannot be overstated. Applicants should use the letter of introduction to reflect their desire to be involved in a doctoral program designed to create practitioner scholars. The letter should state professional goals, experiences related to the EdD track to which the applicant is applying. The letter should include leadership and educational philosophy once again focusing on appropriate EdD track. A holistic evaluation will be made of the applicant's letter of introduction/ considering indications of dispositions, personal educational philosophy, evidence of ability to improve organizational practices, written communication skills, and use of best practices. These criteria will be holistically scored to reflect educational leadership ability and potential as well as an assessment of the applicant's prospective success in the EdD program.

  • A "minimal" score reflects evaluator concerns about the person's dispositions, stated beliefs, record of behaviors or potential for success in the program.
  • An "average" score is an indication that the evaluator believes the person's dispositions, stated beliefs, and record of behaviors indicate significant potential for success in the program.
  • An "outstanding" score is an indication that the evaluator believes the person's dispositions, stated beliefs, and record of behavior indicates a very high probability for success in the program.

Recommendation forms:

  • Three completed EdD Candidate Recommendations.  Persons completing recommendations should click here to complete the recommendations. 

P-12 Administrative Leadership Track

  • At least one to be completed by immediate or up-line supervisor; others to be completed by professional colleagues or university faculty who are familiar with the candidate's leadership ability.   

Educational Technology Leadership Track

  • At least one to be completed by professional familiar with candidate's use of technology, instructional design, and training; others to be completed by professional colleagues or university faculty who are familiar with the candidate's leadership ability.

Adult and Higher Education Leadership Track

  • To be completed by professional colleagues or university faculty who are familiar with the candidate's leadership ability. At least one letter should discuss leadership ability specific to the applicant's interests as expressed in the letter of introduction/intent.

Recommendation evaluation criteria

  • A "minimal" score indicates that at least one of the recommendations reflects concerns about the person's dispositions, stated beliefs, record of behaviors or potential for success in the program.
  • An "average" score is an indication that none of the recommendations reflect any significant concerns about the person's dispositions, stated beliefs, and/or record of behaviors. Further, the recommendations should indicate significant potential for success in the program.
  • An "outstanding" score is an indication that the recommendation forms suggest the person's dispositions, stated beliefs, and record of behaviors point toward a very high probability for success in the program.  

Resume/vita

The resume will be holistically evaluated to determine how the person's past educational and work experiences have established a basis for continued development of higher level leadership skills.

  • A "minimal" score indicates concerns about the person's past educational and work experiences as reflections of potential for success in the program.
  • An "average" score is an indication that the person's past educational and work experiences reflect significant potential for success in the program.
  • An "outstanding" score is an indication that the person's past educational and work experiences point toward a very high probability for success in the program.

Interviews

Individual and group interviews will be conducted with a minimum of two EdD faculty members. Applicants at a distance may be interviewed via audio/video technology solutions.  A holistic evaluation will be made of the applicant during the interviews considering dispositions, personal leadership philosophy, evidence of ability to improve student achievement using effective student-centered teaching/learning practices, communication skills, use of best practices, and integrated use of technology. These dispositions, stated beliefs, and record of behaviors will be holistically scored to reflect leadership ability and potential as well as an assessment of the candidate's prospective success in the Ed. D. program.

  • A "minimal" score reflects faculty concerns about the applicant's dispositions, stated beliefs, record of behaviors or potential for success in the program.
  • An "average" score is an indication that faculty believe the applicant's dispositions, stated beliefs, and record of behaviors indicate significant potential for success in the program.
  • An "outstanding" score is an indication that evaluators believe the applicant's dispositions, stated beliefs, and  record of behaviors indicate a very high probability for success in the program.  

For a complete list of program requirements visit the graduate catalog website.  

Career Opportunities

Individuals completing the EdD program at MSU will have the potential for a variety of job opportunities. Job opportunities for candidates in the Administrative Leadership track include principal, Director of Pupil Personnel, instructional supervisor, and superintendent. Opportunities for candidates in the Educational Technology Leadership track include educational curriculum, professional development, educational software companies and distance learning coordination. Opportunities for candidates in the Adult and Higher Education Leadership track include working with adults to further their education as well as career opportunities in post-secondary education.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance.

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