EdD in Educational Leadership

The University of Missouri Statewide Cooperative EdD Program is an innovative, cohort-based program in educational leadership. This professional doctorate enhances knowledge and competencies of leaders in PK-20+ educational organizations. The emphasis of the doctor of education program is on developing effective, thoughtful, and reflective practitioners who are competent in identifying and solving complex problems of practice in educational settings.


We work with four partner institutions to deliver the program at locations throughout the state of Missouri:

  • Missouri State University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • University of Central Missouri

Students are employed full time as educational leaders while in the program. Following graduation, many remain in their current positions, often receiving a pay raise for completing an advanced degree. Several of our students have also received promotions while in the program or soon after graduating, and some have even transitioned into higher level positions within other educational organizations.

Degree Requirements

This educational doctorate program is known as The Statewide Cooperative EdD Program.

The EdD program requires a minimum of 76 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program, offered in a cohort format, includes 34 hours of course work in 6 contiguous semesters, beginning in the summer of odd years and concluding in the spring semester 2 years later. In addition to course work credit, 12 credit hours of dissertation-in-practice research are required.

ED_LPA 9470Organizational Analysis for Educational Leadership4
ED_LPA 9471Educational Leadership Inquiry I2
ED_LPA 9480Team Building and Group Dynamics1
ED_LPA 9476Leadership Theory and Practice3
ED_LPA 9474Professional Seminar I (offered over 2 semesters- 1 hour each)
ED_LPA 9483Qualitative Tools for Applied Research in Eductional Leadership3
ED_LPA 9472Educational Leadership Inquiry II1
ED_LPA 9478Policy Analysis for Educational Leadership4
ED_LPA 9482Quantitative Tools for Applied Research in Educational Leadership3
ED_LPA 9484Program Evaluation and Planning for Educational Leaders3
ED_LPA 9473Educational Leadership Inquiry III1
ED_LPA 9475Professional Seminar II1
ED_LPA 9479Content and Context of Learning3
ED_LPA 9469Education Leadership Inquiry IV1
ED_LPA 9090Research in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis12

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Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ED_LPA 94763ED_LPA 94833ED_LPA 94704
ED_LPA 94771ED_LPA 94721ED_LPA 94712
ED_LPA 94741ED_LPA 94741ED_LPA 94801
 5 5 7
Second Year
ED_LPA 94843ED_LPA 94793ED_LPA 94784
ED_LPA 94731ED_LPA 94691ED_LPA 94823
ED_LPA 94751ED_LPA 94751 
 5 5 7
Total Credits: 34

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Admission Contact Information

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
202 Hill Hall
573-884-5714 (fax)

Admission Criteria

  • Competitive GRE score
  • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education
  • GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale) in Graduate School (Master's Degree)
  • Competitive TOEFL or IELTS scores
    • Internet-based test (iBT)
      • 80 (minimum score of 17 necessary in each subcategory)
    • Paper-based test (PBT)
      • 550 (minimum score of 52 necessary in each subcategory)
    • IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (score of at least 6 necessary in each subcategory)

EdD Application Information

This cohort program accepts applicants only during even-numbered years with a deadline of December l.  (Starting in 2020, this deadline will move to October 15.)


Candidates who are selected during the initial screening are invited to the MU campus to participate in an interview and a problem-solving and writing activity.

Note: Admissions screening and decisions for all graduate programs are not made until all required materials have been submitted. Admissions recommendations are based on a profile developed from data that include undergraduate (last 60 hours) and graduate grade point averages, scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), recommendations, evidence of consistency between candidate and program goals, and relevant organizational or educational leadership experience.

For additional information: https://education.missouri.edu/educational-leadership-policy-analysis/degrees-programs/educational-leadership/

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