Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership


Appalachian's Doctoral Program is designed as cohort model primarily for working educators from all sectors of the professional realm. We encourage effective communication, cooperation, and collaboration; we value and promote diversity at all levels. We prepare our cohort members to be change agents, informed consumers of research, and proactive contributors to their professions and communities.

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Children are learning how plants grow and where food comes from in a learning garden planted by Appalachian State University students at Appalachian’s Child Development Center. In this outdoor classroom, children learn about nature, ecology and...
Appalachian State University has received a third grant totaling $397,713 from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, to continue an exchange project between public schools in Watauga County and Taxila, Pakistan. The...
Cohort 21 member, Courtney Baines Smith, traveled to Columbus, OH in July to present at The National Children and Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), a three day symposium hosted by the National Horticulture Society.  Her presentation, "Garden-...
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Doctoral Program Highlights

Congratulations to incoming Cohort member, Kate Johnson, for receiving The W.H. Plemmons Medallion. The purpose of the award is to "recognize the time, energy, skills, and commitment of students, faculty, student development educators and staff who exceed their peers in providing leadership that enriches the quality of student life and advances the education of students."


Dr. Cama Duke (center) received the 6th Annual Alice Phoebe Naylor Outstanding Dissertaion Award at the Spring 2014 Doctoral Symposium. Dr. Kelly Clark/Keefe (left) and Alicia Vest (right) join her for a congratulatory photo.