The Hybrid Educational Leadership (EdD) program at Appalachian

Take that final step. Be the change you want to see in education. As a terminal academic degree, the Educational Leadership (EdD) program at Appalachian State University is a natural extension for driven individuals to enhance leadership capabilities in teaching, research and administration.

The EdD doctoral program attracts professionals intent on making a difference. Through core leadership and research courses, you will learn to apply theory to practice to make educational systems more effective, more equitable and more sustainable.

Through professionally oriented concentrations, you will gain advanced knowledge in your disciplinary specialization and prepare yourself to assume higher levels of organizational leadership.

Up to 30 hours of the program may be waived for Appalachian EdS graduates.

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Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Degree details

Program format

  • Face-to-face instruction supplemented by online work (both synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Courses meet face-to-face one night on alternate weeks at the site in the evening and may have an occasional weekend class and on-campus visits.
  • Up to 30 credits waived for Appalachian EdS graduates
  • Six concentrations available: Educational Administration, General Studies, Higher Ed, Reading and Exceptionalities, and Expressive Arts.

Eligibility and program requirements


Applicants must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Resume
  • Four references
  • GRE scores
  • Letter of Intent: This should be an example of your writing ability. Instructions: Address the following points without exceeding five pages:
    1. Your purposes for pursuing a doctoral degree and your future professional goals.
    2. Your major academic and research area interests.
    3. A description of the issues or problems evident in your community that you believe can be addressed by relevant research skills and scholarly inquiry.
    4. Scholars and educational leaders who have influenced your own thinking and practice.
    5. Your understanding of the ways that doctoral education can help you to lead educational change and bring necessary knowledge to bear on the needs of communities.
  • Interview — applicants should arrange an interview in person or via telephone with the program director in advance of submitting their completed application.


County Location Semester Start Application Deadline
Catawba ASU Center at Hickory Fall 2017 May 1
Forsyth Forsyth Tech Community College Fall 2019 TBA

Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.