Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development

EdD in ELOD Fall 2012 Students

EdD in ELOD Fall 2012 Students

Back Row: Joy Kinney, Jill Handley, Greg Herberger, Matt Anderson, Taylor Marshall; Front Row: Cassie Watkins, Carla Kolodey, Julie Chancellor, Sarah Hitchings, Cabrina Bosco

Please Note: Currently, the EdD program (Urban Leadership Scholars Program is only for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) employees.

The College of Education and Human Development offers a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in P-12 Administration. The programmatic mission is to develop and support a community of ethical, reflective and scholarly leaders who will improve the success of K-12 students. Graduates from this program understand, apply and commission research related to elementary and secondary schools.

Urban Leadership Scholars - Learn why you should join us. [PDF]

JCPS Tuition Waiver

Please note: If you are a JCPS teacher in a magnet career academy, you may be eligible for limited tuition at local state universities. The University of Louisville is a partner in this program. Please complete the Tuition Waiver Form that can be found on the Office of Career and Technical Education's Kentucky Tech Principals' Resource page. (Scroll down to "Forms" and click on "Tuition Waiver Form.")

Program Information

  • 60 hours [PDF] – appropriate for students who currently hold administrative certification or prefer not to pursue the certification

The doctoral faculty tackles tough issues related to school achievement in the areas of reading, science, and mathematics as well as addressing persistently low-performing schools. As a student in this program, your knowledge, skills and abilities will be strategically strengthened to better prepare you to meet these challenges.


Student Perspective

Kim Banta

"The University of Louisville has amazing professors who are there to help every step of the way. Working full-time and working on an EdD was challenging, but the faculty kept you motivated, informed and on track. They are real people who want their students to utilize research and be successful students and maintain a life outside the classroom."
Kim Banta, Assistant Superintendent for Kenton County Schools

Scott Hooper

"My experience with the CEHD doctoral program through the Department of Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education proved rewarding on both a professional and personal level. Exposed to excellent teaching, exceptional support and guidance, and rigor that pushed my work to excellence, I gained invaluable insight that enhanced my work as a school administrator. Most importantly however, I taught my sons that learning never ends and through setting goals and hard work, lifelong aspirations come to fruition."
Scott Hooper, Principal at Jeffersontown Elementary School

60 Hour Program [PDF]

This program is designed for those who have or do not need administrative certification. Pre-requisite: master's degree and three years teaching experience. The program allows up to 12 hours of transfer credit from a regionally accredited university that offers advanced degrees.

Credit Hour and Residency Requirements

EdD students complete 6 credit hours together per semester (planned format). Limited substitutions or modifications may be permitted based upon previous coursework, career goals, or individual schedule needs. Note: Students need to contact the Program Coordinator to discuss.

Students must be enrolled at UofL for a minimum of 18 hours within a 12-month period to meet the residency requirement. These hours are built into the planned format but must be considered when making program modifications.

Time Limits for Completion of Degree

  • Students must complete all coursework and pass the comprehensive exams within five years.
  • Students must complete all other requirements for the degree within four years after passing the comprehensive exams and being admitted to candidacy.

A doctoral student must have been admitted to candidacy no later than the end of the month prior to awarding of the degree; that is:

  • August graduation: November 30 of preceding year
  • December graduation: March 31 of the same year
  • May graduation: August 31 of preceding year

See the Doctoral Student Handbook for more information.

Admission Documents and Pages

EdD in ELOD JCPS Graduates

EdD in ELOD JCPS Graduates

Students apply for the EdD in ELOD each spring, with enrollment each fall.

Applicants must submit the following credentials to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Houchens Building
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

  • The Early Decision application deadline for Fall 2015 semester is February 16th, 2015.
  • The deadline for regular admission is 3/2/15.
  1. Graduate School Application (even if currently enrolled in a University of Louisville program). Apply online at http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply ($60 fee)
  2. Official copies of all collegiate transcripts (undergraduate and graduate). Graduates of the University of Louisville need not provide a transcript. Note: Applicants should have GPAs of at least 3.5 for prior undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  3. Applicants submitting foreign transcripts must submit transcript to either the World Education Evaluation Service (WES) or Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE) for evaluation. If you have a master's degree from the U.S., this requirement is waived.
  4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. A minimum of 1000 (verbal and quantitative combined) is recommended (old test) and 148 verbal/147 quantitative on the new test.
    Please note: when submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838. GRE scores must not be older than five years old.
  5. TOEFL score. This exam is required of foreign students where English is not the native language. The minimum computer-based score is 220 and the minimum paper-based score 560.
  6. Submit three Letters of Recommendation. Select three individuals who are familiar with your background as a professional or graduate student and have them complete the Recommendation Form [PDF]. Additionally, have them submit a letter of recommendation on their letterhead.
  7. Personal Statements. Prepare a statement, no more than three pages, single spaced, describing 1) your educational philosophy and 2) an example of practiced leadership. This should include examples of leadership roles you have taken, your impact in those roles, and experience gained from those roles.
    Note -- the personal statement also serves as a sample of your written communication skills.
  8. Current Resume or Curriculum Vita. Submit a current resume or curriculum vita. The Committee expects applicants to have prior academic and/or professional experience in P-12 education. The EdD program is intended for experienced professionals in the field, holders of relevant academic degrees and applicants qualified to undertake advanced study at the doctoral level.

Note: Once all credentials have been submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office, they will automatically be forwarded to the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education (ELFH) for review. The materials assist the committee in deciphering the:

  • Success potential in a doctoral program
  • Applicant's levels of professional expertise
  • Viable match for applicant's goals

Applicants will be notified in writing if they will be invited to interview in May - June.

Estimated Time to Completion

  • minimum 3-year commitment (60 hour program)
  • 2 classes per semester
  • 6 - 27 hours per week preparation


Kyle Ingle
Department of Leadership, Foundations, & Human Resource Education
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Program Faculty

Opportunities for Graduates

Are you considering the next step in your career? If so, consider the Doctorate of Education at UofL!

The EdD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development (ELOD) develops and supports a community of ethical, reflective, and scholarly activists who will improve the success of K-12 students. Graduates are educational leaders at the school, district, state, and national levels. They may also work in related organizations (education cooperatives or education associations) as well as in higher education. The EdD program offers two options to fit your career path:

60 hour program:

  • Are you currently an administrator?
  • Are you considering a career as an assistant superintendent or moving into a central administration position?
  • Are you currently an assistant superintendent seeking a superintendent position?

If so, the 60 hour program caters to you! Along with other education professionals, you'll tackle tough issues that involve students, educators, parents and the community and graduate within three years.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Financial Aid


UofL regular cost graduate tuition = $571 per credit hour

Your graduate tuition rate = $270 per credit hour

$1,800 per semester x 9 for 60 hour program$16,200*
$1,800 per semester x 15 for 90 hour program$27,000*

* Excludes books, materials and fees