Ed.D. (Educational Administration P-12)

  • Fully online program

  • Learn school leadership from scholar-practitioners

  • Theory-based, real-world application

The Educational Administration P-12 doctoral degree is a part-time, 54 hour, fully online program designed to accommodate the needs of working adults. Recognizing the importance of student interaction and faculty-student connections, our faculty are committed to providing quality instruction in an online format, consisting primarily of synchronous classes.

This nationally recognized Educational Administration program prepares individuals interested in serving as building-level educational leaders (e.g., principals, assistant principals, curriculum coordinators) or district-level educational leaders (e.g., superintendents, assistant superintendents, program directors) to be effective administrators. The program culminates with a Capstone in Educational Administration that is completed during coursework.

Program Requirements

This online program requires a minimum of 54 credit hours beyond the Master’s degree and is inclusive of the Capstone hours. The Capstone Project will be completed during coursework.



All Students

Building Level

District Level

Core Courses

30 hrs.

EDA 628: Contextual Dimensions of the Principalship
EDA 755: The Superintendency

EDA 700: Public School Finance

EDA 702: Administrative Approaches to Technology

EDA 706: Education Facilities Development and Management

EDA 710: School Law

EDA 722: Introduction to P-12 Education Policy

EDA 736: Practicum in Educational Administration
EDA 738:Practicum in Supervision

EDA 740: Advanced Instructional Supervision

EDA 780: Educational Leadership Seminar

EDA 800: Theories in Educational Organization and Administration


12 hrs.


REF 601: Educational Research

REF 602: Introduction to Educational Statistics

REF 736: Survey Design

REF 770: Program Evaluation




12 hrs.


EDA 794: Capstone


 *This program is intended for administrative professionals in P-12 education.  The program is entirely online and is designed to be completed part-time in nine semesters. The program culminates in a Capstone in Educational Administration that is completed during coursework.

Priority deadline for applications is May 31st.

For more information, please contact Dr. Myron Labat (myron.b.labat@usm.edu)