Our EdD doctoral program in educational administration is for you if you are a PreK–12 school leader/administrator at the building and/or district level and you are interested in furthering your academic and practical development. Our program is designed to prepare you to continue working in school systems and districts, frequently at the highest levels of administration. The EdD program is different from the PhD program in that the EdD has a greater emphasis on application to practice as a leader/administrator as compared to a focus on research and issues of theory for the PhD.
The features of our program include:
|Academic credential granted||Doctor of Education (EdD)|
|Credits required for completion||76|
|Time to completion||3 years|
|Course delivery||Hybrid |
|Application deadline||Summer admission only |
You may transfer up to 30 credits from your approved administrator preparation program. The transferred credits may not include those that were assigned to an internship or clinical experience. Prior to your formal admission, your advisor will determine which courses can be applied to your doctoral program. Courses older than 10 years at the time of admission must be petitioned before they can be accepted.
ELP 624 Research Paradigms and Problems in Educational Research
ELP 626 Educational Policy Formation and Analysis
ELP 630 Leading and Managing People in Education
ELP 677 Leading Curriculum and Instructional Improvement
You must complete a sequence of at least five courses that reflect your particular academic and professional interests. You can choose courses offered within or outside the Graduate School of Education, depending on your particular interests and background and in consultation with your advisor.
Areas of specialization include school business and human resource administration; policy formulation, implementation and analysis; or leadership for curriculum and instructional leadership.
Your chosen specialization can incorporate the requirements for an existing Graduate School of Education advanced certificate such as the advanced certificate in school business and human resource administration.
In order to acquire and demonstrate your proficiency in research methods, you must take a minimum of 12 credit hours in the research component, and must include:
ELP 500 Nature of Inquiry (or equivalent)
ELP ### 1 introductory quantitative research methods
ELP ### 1 introductory qualitative research methods
ELP ### 1 advanced quantitative or qualitative research methods
(Research courses may be taken from other departments at UB with the permission of your advisor.)
Upon successful completion of the required coursework and with your advisor’s permission, you will take three to four hours of ELP 702 during the final three semesters of your program in order to maintain matriculation while completing your qualifying paper, capstone project/dissertation in practice research proposal, and your final project.
To be considered for admission:
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Test scores, contact information for recommendation letters, and sample of academic writing requirements are waived for University at Buffalo LIFTS program alumni.
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.
If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.