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.
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.")
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.
"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
"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
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.
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.
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:
Students apply for the EdD in ELOD each spring, with enrollment each fall.
Graduate Admissions Office
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
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:
Applicants will be notified in writing if they will be invited to interview in May - June.
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:
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.
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