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Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The Virginia Tech Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program offers two doctoral programs in the National Capital Region that focus on leadership in the PK-12 school setting: an Ed.D. for educational administrators.

Admission to post-master's graduate study in Educational Leadership requires acceptance by both the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program and the Virginia Tech Graduate School.

The Northern Virginia location does not offer any programs focused on the study or practice of Higher Education. The Blacksburg campus does offer a Higher Education program, information for which can be found at:

Ed.D. for Educational Administrators

The Ed.D. is designed to prepare PK-12 educational administrators for leadership roles in school systems and related agencies. The degree also serves as preparation for a student who plans an eventual transition into teaching in a college level educational administration program. The program assumes that the students has completed the requirements for administrative licensure through the Virginia Tech Principal Preparation Program or its equivalent at another university. The Ed.D. program builds upon that base to prepare higher level leaders. Key features include:

  • Cohort model: approximately 20 students who take all of their classes together.
  • Two years of coursework: students also prepare for their dissertation during this time. Weeknight classes.
  • Practical Dissertations: dissertations projects focus on real problems in schools and divisions.
  • State-of-the-art technology: computers, audio/visual equipment, and on-line course materials are extensively utilized.

Cohorts are admitted every three years. The next open cohort will be in Fall 2021.

Additional Information

The Graduate Students Services Office (GSSO) is the Graduate School’s office in Northern Virginia. The GSSO’s website includes links to information on tuition and fees and the timetable of classes. Please visit the GSSO’s website for additional information about graduate study in the National Capital Region.

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