Educational Leadership: Doctor of Education (EdD)


Appalachian State University’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership fosters the development of educators who embrace just and sustainable practices. We support and nurture a wide variety of research methodologies that enhance collaborative learning to create positive individual, social, cultural and institutional change. We consistently engage in a critical analysis of biases including race, gender, poverty, and all other -identities that shape our lives. Across a variety of disciplines, our inclusive and challenging program inspires a diversity of critical thought and unique transformative experiences.

We are educators who strive to advance knowledge of the field through research and inquiry that effectively creates, implements and evaluates instructional and institutional practices, programs and policy in a variety of discipline settings. We are policy-makers, advocates, and information producers who strive to enhance the knowledge and skills of practicing professionals in educational leadership roles throughout the state of North Carolina, the region, and the nation. We prepare educators for careers as researchers, and advanced practitioners in a wide array of educational settings including community colleges, universities, PreK-12 schools, and community organizations.

Our program has impacted the success of educators in a wide variety of settings. Our graduates have informed policies at the institutional, local, regional and state levels. They have  successfully implemented programs that have changed the perceptions of the larger community regarding education, research and the learning process.


Doctoral Student, Chris Gilbert, Published in "The Educational Forum"

Doctoral student, Chris Gilbert, was published this month in The Educational Forum. His article is titled "Creating Educational Destruction: A Cr...

Join us for the Final Fall Dissertation Defenses!

Please join the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for the final dissertation defenses of the Fall 2018 Semester! All defenses are held in RCO...

Inaugural Faculty Author Spotlight: Adrian Rice

NAUGURAL FACULTY AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORECelebrating the release of a new book by Adrian Rice, The Strange Est...

Doctoral Student, Elaine Gray, Presenting at AACU

Doctoral student, Elaine Gray (Cohort 24) will be presenting with Dr. Beverley McGuire, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the Universi...

Join us for Dissertation Defenses!

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Invites you to next weeks dissertation defenses! They will be held in RCOE 414D.Nicole Fynn | Tuesday, ...

New Leadership in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Tracy Goodson-Espy and Dr. Chris Osmond to their new roles in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. Dr. Good...

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.