Ph.D. in Education - Educational Administration

Degrees in Educational Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi are offered in a Traditional Delivery Format.  Courses are offered at both the Building and District Level.  The Doctorate in Educational Administration prepares graduate students to become leaders who can bring about change in P-12 schools through an understanding and application of communication skills, team building, supervision, and educational research.  The Doctorage degree requires a total of 54 to 69 hours of coursewook beyond the Master's degree.  Each candidate must maintain a 3.5 minimum GPA, pass comprehensive exams, complete 12 hours of research tools, and successfully defend a dissertation.

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Building Level

The Plan of Study for the Building Level Doctorate degree requires the following courses:

Foundation Courses (27 hours):

  • EDA 600 Introduction to Educational Leadership
  • EDA 628  Contextual Dimensions of the Principalship
  • EDA 620 Instructional Leadership - Supervision & Professional Development
  • EDA 700 Public School Finance
  • EDA 704 School Community Relations
  • EDA 706 Education Facilities Development and Management
  • EDA 708 Developing and Managing Human Resources
  • EDA 710 School Law
  • EDA 736 Practicum Supervision
Research Tools (12 hours):
  • REF 761 Experimental Design (Prerequisite - REF 602)
  • REF 762 Advanced Regression Analysis (Prerequisite - REF 761)
  • REF 893 Advanced Educational Research
  • Qualitative Research Course (e.g., EDA 792, CIE 790)
Dissertation (12 hours):
  • EDA 898 Dissertation in Educational Administration
Distric Level
The Plan of Study for the District Level Doctorate degree requires the following courses:
Foundation Courses (33 hours):
  • EDA 700 Public School Finance
  • EDA 701 Analysis of Teaching Behavior
  • EDA 702 Administrative Approaches to Technology
  • EDA 704 School Community Relations
  • EDA 708 Developing and Managing Human Resources
  • EDA 710 School Law
  • EDA 720 Advanced Curriculum Development
  • EDA 738 Practicum in Supervision
  • EDA 742 Consensus Decision Making in Education
  • EDA 755 The Superintendency
  • EDA 800 Seminar:  Theories in Educational Organization and Administration
Research Tools (12 hours):
  • REF 761 Experimental Design (Prerequisite - REF 602)
  • REF 762 Advanced Regression Analysis (Prerequisite - REF 761)
  • REF 891 Advanced Educational Research
  • Qualitative Research Course (e.g., EDA 792)
Dissertation (12 hours):
  • EDA 898 Disseration in Educational Administration