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What will I learn?

The Executive EdD in Professional Leadership-Special Populations prepares graduates for Professional and Instructional Leadership positions in a variety of settings and provides them with the tools to meet the needs of ALL students.

The EdD in Professional Leadership Special Populations is a 51-credit hour program providing intensive research and applied skills for students grappling with real-world concerns in education. Students bring the most pressing challenges experienced by the educational community to each course. A Laboratory of Practice and Doctoral Thesis provide students an avenue to apply the specifics of these problems to their other courses, their research, and provide support to their community.

The program prepares graduates for Professional and Instructional Leadership positions in a variety of settings and provides them with the tools to meet the needs of ALL students. Graduates are ready to assume positions as coaches, consultants, directors, and instructional leaders who grapple with the challenges faced by many students in the nation’s schools.

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 51.0

The Professional Leadership-Special Populations is designed to be completed in less than three years. Specifically, students will take fifty-one (51) credit hours of coursework across eight (8) semesters to complete the degree. Since degree plans are enhanced periodically to support continuous improvement planning objectives, students will follow their approved degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (51 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,689.00 per year
USD $895 per semester credit hour
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Education

Stephen Power Farish Hall, 3657 Cullen Blvd.,

HOUSTON,

Texas,

77204, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All graduate students are required to provide proof of the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling at the University of Houston.

For international students

Students admitted to the EdD in Professional Leadership Special Populations program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (DELPS) typically have earned a Master’s Degree in Education or a related field. Many prospective students work in educational, philanthropic, or healthcare fields.

Admission requirements for the College of Education require a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.6 for undergraduate coursework or over the last 60 credit hours of coursework. The College requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduate coursework.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The minimum TOEFL score required is 79 for the internet-based test. The minimum TOEFL score for the paper-based exam is 550.

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)

The minimum IELTS score required is an overall score of a 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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