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Doctoral Program

The Doctor of Education in Education Leadership (Ed.D.) degree is designed for those seeking leadership positions public school districts, higher education, state or federal agencies, private sector. Program is designed for graduation success by providing the quality of a doctoral experience and flexibility for working professionals. Distinctive qualities of program include:
    • In-depth Faculty Support of Students, as is distinctive of all A&M-Texarkana programs.
    • Evidence-based cohort model for peer support. Students meet together three weekends a semester for core content. This program is not available to students unable to travel to campus periodically throughout the semester.
    • Opportunities for state, national, and international travel.
    • Convenient and flexible for students outside the immediate vicinity while providing student/peer support and faculty interaction.
    • Up to 12 hours of competency-based or transfer credit available 

Program is a 60 SCH Scholars of Practice program with four areas for completion:
  1. Education Leadership Content - 8 courses/ 24 SCH.  Education Leadership courses are taught in cohort model. Topics include: Strategic management & change, education marketing & public relations, critical conversations & team building, applied instructional strategies, contemporary issues in educational leadership. 
  2. Cognate Courses - 4 courses/12 SCH. A cognate is a block of courses connecting to Education Leadership and candidate's professional goals. Competency-based and/or transfer credit available. Eligible candidates may earn superintendent certification at A&M-Texarkana as cognate area.  Cognate may be completed before or after Education Leadership cohort courses. Please see Superintendent Certification Program website for more information. Contact Dr. Sara Lawrence, sara.lawrence@tamut.edu or 903/223-3095, to discuss appropriate cognate options.  
  3. Research Tools Courses - 4 courses/ 12 SCH.  Courses prepare doctoral candidates for dissertation research. 
  4. Dissertation hours - 12 SCH required.  Doctoral candidates complete a dissertation upon successful completion of coursework (maintain 3.0 GPA with no grade below a "C") and after they have passed a written comprehensive examination.

Admission  Eligibility and Process

Admission Eligibility
Those interested in applying for admission must meet the following:
  • Completed Master's degree
  • Documented evidence of strong academic achievement and scholarship ability
  • Interest in leadership role and commitment to education

Admission Process
Applicants must apply to 1) Texas A&M University-Texarkana and 2) Complete Admissions Checklist.  Please contact susan.gleason@tamut.edu or call 903/223-3129 if you have questions about the admissions process.
  1. University application (Cohort 3 Application not available until January 2019) To apply to A&M-Texarkana, go to Office of Graduate Studies website. Click on link, "Apply". Complete application as "Graduate- Doctoral Program". There is $30 processing fee/$50 for non-residents. If wanting to take cognate courses, complete application as "Graduate, Non-degree seeking student" - this will allow you start cognate courses early. We will change your major to doctoral program later. 
  2. Required Admissions items, Due Aug. 31, 2019:
Check when Completed Doctoral Program Admission Items
  1. Upload the following documents to university application:A. Letter of interest (500 word min.) indicating how applicants plans to use doctoral degree to improve education and meet career objectives.B. Curriculum vitae/resume including demonstrated experience in an educational environment (public or private schools, private sector, higher education, state or federal agencies).
  2. Complete Federal Student Aid (FASFA) upon submitting application to university. 
  3. Submit official scores for one of the following exams (<5 years). 

4. Have all official transcripts from higher education institutions attended by applicant sent to:

Texas A&M University-Texarkana
Office of Admissions
7101 University Avenue
Texarkana, TX 75503

  5. If international student, submit official TOEFL scores (within last 2 years) to university from TOEFL website.

6. Submit three completed recommendation forms. See reference form. At least one reference form should be from individual with a related terminal degree. Send forms to:

Texas A&M University-Texarkana
Office of Graduate Studies
7101 University Avenue
Texarkana, TX 75503

Application Window Opens: January 2, 2019
Application Packet Submission Deadline: August 31, 2019
The application review deadlines are:

  • Interviews: Sept-Oct. 2019
  • Notification of Admission: November 1, 2019

Courses start January 2020

For questions or additional information please contact Dr. Sara Lawrence, Associate Dean of CASE, sara.lawrence@tamut.edu (903) 223-3095 or the graduate office at 903-223-3129.

To return to: Educational Leadership Departmental Website

Program Documents
Doctoral Handbook (Subject to Change)

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