Degree: Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research
Major/Specializations/ Concentrations: P12 Educational Leadership
The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research with a concentration in P-12 educational leadership prepares scholars and leaders in the field of educational leadership. The Ph.D. is a research degree; thus students are expected to engage in and present research while completing the degree. Outstanding students are nominated for the honor of attending the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy and/or to be a Jackson Scholar. The Ph.D. prepares students to enter a variety of fields in education, including the professorate, positions in state departments of education, and leadership positions in school districts. Most students work full time while taking courses and complete the degree in 4-6 years.
Students applying for the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research must meet the following requirements:
A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and a combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 297 (verbal: 153; quantitative: 144) is required.
Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your ability to complete doctoral work, including the dissertation are required. Letters must be written on official letterhead or emailed from a professional email account.
Interviews and a writing exercise are required. Interviews are conducted by two program faculty and can be arranged by contacting Dr. Dianne Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Dana Bickmore (email@example.com). The writing exercise takes place on-campus and requires the applicant to read and respond to an article on some aspect of education. Every effort will be made to enable the applicant to complete the interviews and writing exercise on the same day. Alternate arrangements for both requirements will be made for applicants not located in south Louisiana.
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research
Specialization: P12 Educational Leadership
(90 hours beyond the bachelor’s)
ETTP Degree Core (17 hours)
Course Title Credit Hrs.
ELRC 7299 Introduction to Scholarship in Education 3
EDCI 7910 Traditions of Inquiry in Education 3
ELRC 7006 Educational Statistics 4
ELRC 7241 Educational Research Methodology 3
ELRC 7243 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research 4
P12 Educational Leadership Core (15 hours)
ELRC 7001 Ethics and Educational Leadership 3
ELRC 7402 Organizational Research in Educational Admin 3
ELRC 7805 Perspectives on Leadership 3
ELRC 7806 Leadership for Learning 3
4th research Selected with approval of the student’s advisor 3
Dissertation Hours (9 hours)
ELRC 9000 Dissertation Research 9
Individual Plan (number of credit hours varies) varies
The student plans an individualized course of study. The Individual Plan is expected to be a coherent course of doctoral study; therefore, courses comprising the plan must be at the 7000 level or higher2. A maximum of 6 hours may be taken outside of the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice. The Individual Plan must be approved by the student’s advisor. Courses taken without the advisor’s approval may be disqualified.
1 The 4th research course may be taken inside or outside of the LSU College of Education.
2 Courses at the 4000 - 6000 levels may be taken for graduate credit; however, such courses will not count toward the credit hours required for the Individual Plan.
(Exams such as PRAXIS or any other requirements to complete the degree)
Contact for students who have questions or need more information:
Name: Dr. Dianne L. Taylor