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 8:00 am and 5:00 pm via email (Director Vachel Miller, Associate Director Chris Osmond, or Audrey Jones) or phone (828-262-7647).   


Welcome to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership! 

Important Dates for Spring 2020 Graduation

Applying to Graduate: Last week day in February; LATE Deadline April 8th (submitting a late application will result in an extra charge of $5)
Pre-Defense Meeting & Sending a Draft to the Director: 3 weeks before defense OR March 2, whichever is sooner.
Dissertation Defense: March 23
Final Draft to Graduate School: April 13
Ready for Printing*: April 30

*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 that the Graduate School has are listed on their website here: Essential Dates


Dr. Dustin Evatt-Young hired as Associate Director of Career Development at Oberlin College and Conservatory

Dr. Dustin Evatt-Young, December 2019 graduate of the Doctoral Program, was recently hired as an Associate Director of Career Development at Oberlin C...

Ashley Pennell, Doctoral Candidate, Hired as Faculty in RESE

Beginning in the Fall 2020 semester, current doctoral candidate Ashley Pennell (she/her/hers) will join the faculty in the Reich College of Education ...

Dr. JuanEs Ramirez '19 Named North Carolina State Representative for Spanish Services

JuanEs Ramirez, Ed.D. '19 was recently hired as the North Carolina State Representative for Spanish Services for the College Foundation of North ...

2019 Doctoral Symposium: Finding Our Voice

2019 Doctoral Symposium: Finding Our VoiceOn March 29, 2019 the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership held our annual symposium.  The sympos...

Doctoral Students and Candidate Present at 2019 NCARE Conference

NCARE ConferenceReich College of Education (RCOE) students and faculty members gave presentations at the 2019 North Carolina Association for Rese...

Doctoral Candidate, Ashley Pennell, will be published in Child Care Exchange

Dr. Connie Green (RESE) and Ashley Pennell (RESE; Doctoral Candidate) will have an article titled “Pink Dresses and Plaid Shirts: Gender Nonconformi...

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.