FAQs for Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Students

FAQs for Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Students

Coursework generally takes 3 years to complete. Students take 2 courses in the fall, 2 courses in the spring and 2 courses in the summer for 3 years. After your coursework is complete, you must complete a dissertation.

Year 1
Fall: A600 & A638
Spring: Y520 & A675
Summer: A615 & A671

Year 2
Fall: Y502 & A640
Spring: A720 & Y611
Summer: A653 & elective
Suggested elective for superintendent licensure: A785 (meets over two semesters)

Year 3
Fall: A720 & elective
Suggested elective for superintendent licensure: A560; for non-licensure: H504
Spring: 2 Minor Courses
Summer: 1 Minor Courses, A795 Write Qualifying Exam

Year 4
Fall: Dissertation Proposal (first 3 Chapters of Dissertation drafted/defended)*
Spring: A799 Dissertation Data Collection & Analysis*
Summer: A799 Dissertation Analysis & Drafting*

Year 5
Fall: A799 Dissertation Defense*

*= Progression on dissertation varies by individual student. Some complete in one year and others take more time.

The Executive Ed.D. program is 60 credits. You must have completed a master’s in a related-field before finishing the Ed.D. program. If you complete the Ed.S., superintendent licensure, or Kelley MS, you will need to complete additional credits.

Courses meet on the IU Bloomington Campus three weekends each semester and on-line between the face-to-face meetings. Students schedule two courses each semester. The new weekend schedule for students starting in Fall of 2017 will be as follows: Class A will meet on Saturday from 10:00-2:00, then 2:30-6:30 for Class B. On Sunday, students will return for class from 8:00-12:00 for Class A and 12:30-4:30 for Class B. The program was set up this way in order to be accessible to students all over the state. If traveling from out of town, students generally stay in area hotels.

Due to the Ed.D. program delivery, course format, and schedule, attendance is essential during the face-to-face classes that occur three weekends per semester. As a result, class absences are reflected in a student’s course grade. Students are required to attend all classes, participate in discussions, and read the assigned material prior to each class. Regardless of the reason (illness, funeral, family or personal emergency), students will be deducted up to 5% of the course grade for every missed face-to-face class. If a student must relocate during the duration of the program, s/he may need to exit the program unless s/he is able to attend the face-to-face classes. If there is inclement weather predicted for a face-to-face class, the professor will notify students of alternative class plans.

We generally begin cohorts every other year. The last cohort began in fall 2017.

We are a strict cohort-based program with each cohort beginning every two years. However, you are welcome to apply during off years. Once accepted, you are permitted to enroll in elective or minor courses, but not the core Ed.D. courses. If you do enroll in an off year, please understand you may run into scheduling difficulties. There are other frustrations the student may experience related to course sequencing.

Up to 18 credits may be transferred into the 60 credit EdD program; however, such credits must be above and beyond master’s level coursework (e.g., Principal Licensure courses). Generally, any transfer credits must be at the doctoral level and equivalent to IU’s EdD program requirements. Most students have found that the only coursework that typically transfers in are for the two electives required in the EdD. Students could also transfer in minor coursework, but these courses require approval of the outside minor advisor. Students must have earned a B or better in any transfer coursework. After admission, students should submit a completed transfer of credit form and attach a transcript and syllabus. This form must be submitted to Cindy Wedemeyer at cwedemey@indiana.edu. The approval process typically takes 2-3 months.

You do not need to revalidate ANY of your master’s credits that were part of your admission to the executive EdD program (remember a master’s is a prerequisite for this program). However, any courses that you transfer in (those above and beyond your master’s degree) that are older than 7 years must be revalidated. Students will work with the instructor of record for the course in order to determine what needs to be done to revalidate (e.g., retake the course, take an exam, attend a conference, etc.). Contact Cindy Wedemeyer to determine the appropriate instructor of record.

We consider a variety of factors including GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate GPA, 2 letters of recommendation (at least one from a supervisor), and a personal statement. Requirements and application can be found here. We are interested in highly motivated students who have demonstrated strong leadership skills. A strong academic record is also required. The GRE should be a combined verbal and quantitative score of 302 or better and an analytical writing score of 4.0 or better.

Students should check Student Central for the latest information about tuition and fees.

According to U.S. News and World Report, we are ranked as the #13 Educational Leadership Program in the U.S. (and the highest ranked program in the state).

It is competitive. Students are encouraged to submit their application materials at least five months prior to the start of the next cohort. Cohorts generally fill several months before they begin. We generally accept 10-12 students per cohort.

The Educational Leadership faculty review EdD admission applications periodically and commit to rendering an admission decision well in advance of the next cohort. Cohorts begin every other year, thus it can take some time to receive an admission decision if you apply well before the beginning of the next cohort. If you have applied and would like to take classes prior to the beginning of the next cohort, please contact Cindy Wedemeyer.

Please see the School of Education Graduate Bulletin for a list of required courses for this program.

Your courses will generally be taught by full-time faculty members at Indiana University. Our professors have worked as teachers, principals, superintendents, lawyers, and have published widely in their areas of expertise. Several of the faculty members have been school and district administrators Indiana and/or other states.

Students are able to choose their own minors based on their areas of interest. The minor is 9 credits. A complete listing of Ed.D. minors offered within the School of Education can be found here. Potential options for online minors include minors in: Education Law; Adult Education; Human Development; Information Systems Technology; Learning Sciences; and Language Education. If students opt for the Education Law minor, the courses also allow them to earn the Education Law Certificate (but they must contact Suzanne Eckes at  for more information). Our Ed.D. students have a unique opportunity to also complete their minor courses at the Kelley School of Business and earn an MS in Strategic Management. If they are not interested in earning an additional MS, they can also complete a 9-hour online minor at Kelley. Students may propose other minors as well. The minor courses from other departments do not operate on the Ed.D. weekend schedule. Thus, students may choose minor courses that are offered online or during the evenings.

Ed.D. students in good standing can earn a joint master’s degree in Strategic Management with the Kelley School of Business. This 18 credit hour master’s program is online and will generally be completed during the spring, summer and fall following the Ed.D. coursework. A GMAT score will not be required and there is no application fee, although students will need to notify the Ed.D. Coordinator of their interest. Scholarships are available to cover some of the 18 credit hours.

The Ed.D. dissertation is usually developed around a problem of practice in your school. Students generally choose topics that are relevant to their work and research interests. The average dissertation is 100-120 pages. Students begin their dissertations as part of their qualifying exams. Thus, by the time you finish coursework and take your qualifying exams, you will have the first three chapters of the five chapter dissertation completed.

Yes. Please note, however, that you would either need to complete the certificate program BEFORE earning your doctorate degree or at the same time you complete your doctorate degree. In other words, you can’t graduate with a doctorate degree and then return to IU for this certificate and transfer courses in. IU has a policy that credits from a higher degree can’t transfer to a lower degree.

Yes, but only if you have not already been nominated to candidacy. Students who are not enrolled at the IU School of Education for more than two years (and not yet nominated to candidacy) will need to submit a new application for the EdD program. If your GRE scores are expired, you may be asked to retake the exam. Students who reapply are not guaranteed admission.

Visit the Doctoral Guide in the Graduate Student Portal for a variety of information related to our programs.

Contact Cindy Wedemeyer for any logistical questions about the program at cwedemey@indiana.edu. For programmatic or application questions, please contact the Ed.D. Coordinator, Dr. Chad Lochmiller (clochmil@indiana.edu).