Educational Leadership

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Concentration


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Get An Education Leadership Concentration

America’s educational system is in dire need of leaders with the grit and skills to address challenges at every level, from preschool to the national policy arena. Whether it’s rural access, achievement gaps or deploying technology in ways that empower students rather than distract them, opportunities abound for far-sighted change agents to take American education into a more inclusive and effective future.


About Educational Leadership

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Offered entirely online, UW’s educational leadership Ed.D. program will prepare you for top-level leadership positions in K-12 educational settings as assistant superintendents and superintendents.

Unlike the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership where the focus is on research, the Ed.D. program emphasizes applied research. UW offers a superintendency internship and dissertation through which you will acquire the skills to deploy best practices and the latest scholarship in your organization.

Application Deadline

  • February 1 - If applying for following fall or spring term
  • September 1 - If applying for following spring or fall term

Admission Requirements

  • GRE is required
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years experience as an school administrator

Domestic Students

  • GPA: 3.0 in Master
  • GRE: 151 minimum verbal, 153 minimum quantitative and 4.0 minimum analytical writing

International Students

  • TOEFL: 550 minimum written or 80 minimum online, OR IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • GRE: 151 minimum verbal, 153 minimum quantitative and 4.0 minimum analytical writing

How to Apply
Please visit our program admission webpage for more details.

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Online Learning At UW

The University of Wyoming offers an extensive selection of fully online and hybrid programs in addition to the online Education, Ed.D. These programs are on par with our on-campus programs in every significant aspect, with equivalent learning expectations and the same accreditation. Additionally, we understand that online learners have distinct requirements, and we are committed to delivering a range of academic and student resources specifically designed to support your success during your time at UW and beyond graduation.


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What Can You Do with an Educational Leadership Ed.D. Concentration?

The UW Ed.D. in Educational Leadership prepares you to take your place as a K-12 or higher education leader with a vision to balance inequities in our system and prepare thoughtful citizens of the world.

Educational Leadership Careers

UW educational leadership Ed.D. alumni can work in the following positions:

  • Special Services Director
  • Elementary School Principal
  • Chief Program Officer
  • Superintendent
  • Director of Accountability
  • Associate Professor
  • Consultant
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Develop a dissertation based on your educational interests and career goals. Recent dissertation titles include:

  • “Principal Leadership During Restructuring”
  • “Are Building Principals Prepared and Equipped to Supervise Special Education Teachers?”
  • “Principal Leadership Coaching: An Examination of Principal-Coach Interactions”
  • “Perceptions of the Value of Participative Decision Making from a Nebraska School District”
  • “Wyoming Principals’ Perceptions of Their Skill Sets and Preparation During Novice Years”
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Educational Leadership Ed.D. Concentration Degree Program Highlights

UW’s online educational leadership Ed.D. program empowers you with the knowledge and skills to take your career in new directions while also making a difference as an educational leader.

Here are some of the characteristics that distinguish the UW Ed.D. Educational Leadership program:



Maintain your current job and family responsibilities through the convenience of online learning. By offering a doctoral-level educational leadership entirely online, we make it possible for you to complete the degree on your terms and on your schedule. Classes are offered in synchronous and asynchronous formats, plus you can choose the sequence and number of courses you take each semester. You can even apply 30 credit hours of a related master’s degree program toward your Ed.D. degree.

Faculty Practitioner-Scholars

Learn from faculty who have held various roles in P-12 and post-secondary settings and are also active scholars. UW educational leadership faculty study areas such as change implementation, instructional leadership, systemic change in principal and superintendent preparation programs, teacher and principal evaluations and other topics.


Complete a 220-hour superintendent internship. Designed to provide hands-on experiences in two school districts, the internship provides opportunities for you to work on various projects while also consulting with district mentors and your UW supervisor.




Study in an accredited program. The College of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The educational leadership program meets standards established by the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP).



Special Education Director Endorsement

You can gain the Special Education Director endorsement from the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) if you have earned a masters from UW in either educational leadership or special education AND at least a graduate certificate from UW in either educational leadership or special education.

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)

Choose a program dedicated to excellence. The College of Education is one of a select group of institutions that is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). This means we apply the CPED quality framework to help prepare you to become a strong, scholarly practitioner who is equipped to address the challenges of 21st-century education.


Investigate graduate assistantships. The College of Education offers assistantships to full-time graduate students studying on the Laramie, Wyoming campus. UW assistantships provide stipends along with faculty research and college-level teaching opportunities.

Travel Grants

Look into funding support to cover some of the travel expenses involved with attending or presenting at professional conferences.



Apply for financial support. UW offers graduate scholarships such as:

Dr. L. Dean Sorenson Memorial Scholarship
Ivan Willey Scholarship
Maurice Wear Scholarship
Russell I. Hammond Scholarship
William G. Berube Scholarship





The UW Educational Leadership program provided me with a solid foundation of methodology and practice in educational leadership. The program is designed for working professionals. It leverages our everyday experiences to build leadership capacity. As a Wyoming school superintendent, I continue to value the relationships and support provided by the UW College of Education.

- Rick Woodford, Ed.D. ’12