Concentrations

Five concentrations are available to students in the Appalachian State University Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. Students can select concentrations in Educational Administration (superintendent/principal licensure); Higher Education; Reading and Literacy; or Educational Leadership, General (interdisciplinary). Expressive Arts Education, Leadership and Inquiry (interdisciplinary). Each concentration requires the same core courses in research, leadership, and professional skills and involves 18 credit hours including electives and internship requirements. (View Graduate Bulletin for more details about course requirements)

Educational Administration Concentration

Individuals holding a Master's or Specialist degree and licensure in School Administration who wish to acquire abilities to engage in scholarly inquiry in pK-12 settings. Students seeking licensure may do so through dual enrollment in the Educational Specialist degree.

Students applying for admission to the Educational Administration (licensure) Concentration must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a Master's Degree and intend to pursue NC principal licensure. Students in this category need to have a minimum of three years K-12 classroom teaching experience; see EdD Principal Licensure Program of Study (DOCX, 333 KB).
  • Hold a Master's Degree in School Administration from a regionally accredited institution and hold, or be eligible to hold, a current NC principal's license; see EdD Superintendent Licensure Program of Study (DOCX, 320 KB).
  • Hold a Specialist Degree in School Administration/Leadership from Appalachian State University and hold, or be eligible to hold, a NC superintendent's license; see EdD Superintendent Licensure Program of Study (DOCX, 320 KB).

View Graduate Bulletin for more details about course requirements and the NC Board of Education approved alignment document (DOCX, 144 KB).

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Educational Leadership, General Concentration

Offers students the opportunity to select appropriate graduate-level electives that support the student's educational leadership goals in a wide variety of research and scholarly interests.

View Graduate Bulletin for more details about course requirements

Higher Education

Designed for students with professional backgrounds in community college and university settings who are interested in conducting research issues in the field. Graduates of this concentration obtain leadership roles such as: vice presidents, academic deans, and faculty.

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Literacies in Exceptionalities

Focuses on school-based literacy, advanced reading instruction and assessment. Graduates of this concentration obtain leadership roles in public and private schools, consultants in the field and government organizations.

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Expressive Arts Education, Leadership and Inquiry

Will equip doctoral students with enhanced discernment and imagination that enriches leadership work across the spectrum of pK-20 . Students in this concentration will become leaders using multi-modal expressive arts
theory, and inquiry to promote human flourishing,

View Graduate Bulletin for more details about course requirements.

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Instructional Technology Leadership

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