David StegallDavid Stegall, Cohort 16

The Ed. D. coursework focuses more in depth on the student as an educational leader and research consumer which helps each of us understand the methodology and theory behind research. Each course provides a new lens of understanding and information gathering as we develop the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct our own research. Students are challenged to expand comfort zones and to dig deeper into the process of being an educational leader and research consumer in the field. The program focuses on current issues and trends in educational leadership, social justice and change, global issues, and the interconnectedness of our lives.


Juan and VachelJuan E.S. Ramírez, Program Manager, Office of Distance Education

The curriculum created for this program is as eclectic as its faculty. You will have the opportunity to learn from diverse faculty members from different departments and with research agendas. This preparation is intended to provide you a comprehensive foundation as a future scholar and steward of the discipline of leadership.



Lisa McNealLisa McNeal, Instructional Developer, Appalachian State

The doctoral program taught me to approach life with a critical gaze; to ask questions and engage in critical conversations. As Patti Lather reminds us, our job as educational researchers is to answer the questions and then to question the answers. Thanks to the faculty in the doctoral program, I can confidently question the dominant values around me and work and teach differently.

Fran Bates OatesFran Bates Oates, Elementary Education Program Coordinator, Winston-Salem State University

The doctoral program helped develop in me a passion to challenge the known and explore the unknown for new discoveries. As a result of my interactions with this supportive faculty, I have increased my desire for inquiry. I am not only an educator; I am now an educational researcher with the responsibility to lead educational reform.