Doctoral Program

Appalachian's Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is designed for educational leaders in public schools, community colleges, universities, and community settings. Our objective: to equip leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to act as agents of positive change in their organizations and communities. We encourage critical thinking, analytic rigor, and creative collaboration to address the complex and interlocking challenges of our time.

Students can select concentrations in Educational Administration (superintendent/principal licensure); Higher Education; Reading and Literacy; or Educational Leadership, General (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.

Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) Consortium Member

Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) ConsortiumThe Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership was admitted to the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) Consortium in 2017. Appalachian joins more than 80 current members in the important work of redesigning professional practice preparation in education for the improvement of Pk-20 education and the organizations that support it. Learn more!