Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development

ELOD Students

The College of Education and Human Development offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) 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. Doctoral students and their faculty tackle tough issues related to educational leadership at the school- and district-levels, improving organizational outcomes, and addressing the needs of 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.

Why Choose U of L’s Ed.D. program?

  • Highly ranked research institution in education.
  • Work alongside research faculty and practitioners that address pressing social justice issues and problems of practice in schools and districts.
  • Cohort-based programs.
  • Opportunities to participate in international learning programs.
  • Proud member of:
    • University Council for Educational Administration, a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. U of L is one of only two Kentucky institutions to have this designation.
    • Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a consortium of colleges and universities working together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education (Ed.D.) through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback, and evaluation.

Program Information

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.


Featured Alumni

Marco Munoz, Ed.D.

Marco Munoz, Ed.D.
Priority Schools Director
Jefferson County Public Schools

Katy Zeitz, Ed.D.

Katy Zeitz, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent
Jefferson County Public Schools

Marty Pollio Ed.D.

Marty Pollio Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent
Jefferson County Public Schools

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

  • Cohorts begin in fall of each year.
  • The Ed.D. program will take 3 years at minimum for completion.
  • 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 Priority application deadline is May 15 of each year.
  1. Graduate School Application (even if currently enrolled in a University of Louisville program). Apply online at http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply
  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. 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 Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development 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


Keith Davis, Ed.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Educational Leadership, Evaluation, & Organizational Development
The University of Louisville
1905 South 1st Street
Porter Building, Room 337
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
(502) 852-6451


Deb Powers, Ed.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership, Evaluation, & Organizational Development
The University of Louisville
1905 South 1st Street
Porter Building, Room 369
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
(502) 852-6428

Janet Olson, Administrative Assistant, 502-852-6475

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.

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*

* Excludes books, materials and fees