Educational Leadership: Doctor of Education (EdD)

We are actively practicing social distancing, which means we remain open but limiting the number of students, faculty, and staff on campus. If you need to contact the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Office, please do so between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. via email (Director Vachel Miller, Associate Director Chris Osmond, or Elizabeth Fields) or phone (828-262-7647).   


Welcome to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership! 

Important Dates for Fall 2020 Graduation

Applying to Graduate: Deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 30th*; LATE deadline is Friday, Nov. 13th**

*The application to graduate (regardless of whether you plan to attend the commencement ceremony) can be found on the Graduate School website and requires a non-refundable/non-transferable application fee of $20. **A late fee of $5 will be assessed on all applications submitted after the initial deadlines.

Pre-Defense Meeting & Sending a Draft to the Director: Three weeks before dissertation defense OR by Friday, Oct. 9th (WHICHEVER ONE IS SOONER)

Dissertation Defense: LAST DAY for any defense is Friday, Oct. 30th. 

Final, Post-Defense Draft to Graduate School: Friday, Nov. 13th

*In order for a dissertation to be considered ready for printing, all edits must have been completed to the specifications of the Graduate School, the copies are paid for, and the routing information has been completed. The students will receive an email from Sharron Grimes after all edits have been completed that describes the final steps and includes paperwork that must be completed by the final deadline. Note that most dissertations take 2-3 rounds of editing before Graduate School approves them. The edits pertain to grammar and formatting in most circumstances.

All essential dates for the Graduate School are listed on their website here: Essential Dates


Dr. Chris Gilbert published in Educational Action Research

A recent graduate of Appalachian State’s Ed.D. program, Dr. Chris Gilbert, has his first manuscript accepted for publication. Gilbert is currently a...

Doctoral Students Present at Ocalicon

Two doctoral students; Tonya Moore, Bronwyn Harris; undergraduate special education student, Sydney Shadrick; and Department of Reading Education...

Karen Anderson, Featured Speaker at NABSE Town Hall Meeting

The North Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators and NABSE Southeast Region are holding the 2020 Series of Virtual Town Hall Forums. This year's ...

Dr. Peaches Hash: Newly Published Works

After earning her EdD in the Spring of 2020, Dr. Peaches Hash, has been chosen to publish her article titled "ARTiculating Literacy: Art Making a...

Dr. Peaches Hash Awarded the Rhododendron Society Scholarship and the Domer Research Award

Peaches Hash, EdD 2020, has been awarded the Rhododendron Society Scholarship and the Domer Research Award. The Rhododendron Society Scholarship ...

Doctoral Program Highlights

The 2018 Alice Pheobe Naylor Outstanding Dissertation Award Winners

The 2018 Alice Phoebe Naylor Oustanding Dissertation Award Winners at the 2018 Doctoral Symposium.

From left to right: Dr. Star Brown, Dr. Alice Naylor,  Dr. John Robinson

Dr. Nate Weigl speaking at Spring 2018 RCOE Commencement

Recent graduate, Dr. Nate Weigl speaking at the Spring 2018 RCOE Commencement.