Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration (Ph.D.)
Our program is the only one of its kind in the New Orleans area, and admissions are selective. Our program emphasizes education in urban environments and promotes reflective practice in the development of effective education.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is intended for those who plan an inquiry into the issues of educational leadership through a theoretical framework. Doctoral studies in educational administration emphasize research methodology, both quantitative and qualitative. Study for the Ph.D. is suited for those planning careers in school, college and university administration, in college and university teaching, in research or policy analysis in offices or departments of school systems, higher and post secondary institutions, state agencies, or in any education-related leadership profession.
The Educational Administration doctoral program prepares individuals intending to build academic or administrative careers in the areas of school, college, or university leadership and administration. Consistent with emerging paradigms for effective practice which attend to pipeline issues as a key factor in student success through college, the program curriculum will focus on understanding and leading education as a PK-16+ integrated system. Because students will be coming from a variety of curricular backgrounds the core curriculum will be designed to engage students in a basic understanding of educational administration and leadership with progression to more advanced theoretical formulations of leadership, administration, and organization of schools and post secondary institutions.
K-12 School Leadership Concentration
The school leadership concentration in Educational Administration integrates theory and practice in the development of scholars of leadership, research and teaching who aspire to broaden the body of knowledge and thereby inform K-12 educational policy and practice.
Higher Education Concentration
The higher education concentration integrates theory and research in order to develop scholars of administration, research and teaching who aspire to broaden our understanding of higher education. Knowledge developed through faculty guidance in the program will give students the background to inform policy and practice through scholarly research and its application.
As an alternative to the concentration coursework above, a student may petition the faculty in educational administration to create an individualized program consisting of at least 21 hours of thematically related courses.
Required coursework for the Educational Administration Ph.D. currently constitutes a total of 93 hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree, including 18 hours of core courses, 21 hours in one’s concentration area (K-12 school leadership or higher education), 21 hours of research, 18 hours of electives, 6 hours of advanced seminars, and 9 hours of dissertation research.