The Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership serves educational leaders or aspiring leaders in schools, community colleges, universities and other education related agencies. The curriculum was designed to maximize career opportunities and serve busy professionals. Our courses are offered during evenings, weekends, and online.
Students can choose from two tracks:
The PreK-16 cognate prepares principals, superintendents, and other school leaders. The preparatory courses for the principal and superintendent certificates also count toward the degree plan, allowing students to maximize the benefits of their coursework.
PreK-16 degree plan
This 21-credit cognate in Community College and University Administration for practicing or aspiring higher education leaders was developed by university and community college leaders to maximize the quality of learning and career mobility. Our faculty bring a wealth of higher education experience to the cognate courses, and outside experts frequently add their expertise to classes.
Higher education degree plan (higher education cognate)
Higher education degree plan (specialized cognate)
Curriculum and Cognates (Specializations)
There are four curricular themes: leadership theory and practice, curriculum and instruction, political and social foundations of education, and research. The doctoral degree contains elements of research and theory typical of all doctoral programs, but it is also practitioner-oriented.
We allow students to individualize this program by specializing in a subject area of their interest. You will take from 18 to 21 credit hours within your cognate area of specialization. The College of Education offers specializations including:
Frequent questions: courses and enrollment
- Educational Technology
- Early Childhood Education
- Bilingual Education
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Educational Administration
- Counselor Education
- Community College and University Leadership
Q. I applied for non-degree admission but I am not able to register for classes. What could be the problem?
A. You must be entered in the system in order for you to register for doctoral courses. If you have turned in your application to Graduate Studies, check with them first. They should be able to tell you what the status of your application is.
Q. I am admitted to the doctoral program but still cannot register. What could be the problem?
A. If you are admitted to the program but still cannot register, it could be that the course is full. If you need this class, call the instructor for permission.
Q. What do I do if I need to take more classes than the system will allow?
A. If you want to take more classes than the system will allow, you can get a course overload form from Anita Garcia. The maximum hours for the Fall and Spring is 18 and 9 in the combined summer sessions.
Q. What do I do if faced with an emergency that preludes continual enrollment?
A. Contact the Department Chair.
Q. What do I do if I try to register for a class that requires permission?
A. Contact Senior Secretary Anita Garcia at (361) 825-3665.
Frequent questions: degree plans
Q. Who fills out the degree plan?
A. You may work with any department faculty member to fill out your degree plan.
Q. Where can I get a copy of my signed degree plan?
A. You can get a copy of your signed preliminary or final degree plan from Anita Garcia.