Doctor of Education Programs

The Ed.D. program in Curriculum Studies provides a unique and contemporary approach to doctoral study in curriculum. The program prepares graduates to work directly in the P-12 schools (e.g., master teacher, instructional coordinator, curriculum director) or to enter the professoriate as curriculum scholars. The Curriculum Studies program evaluates applications once per year for summer admission, and admission is competitive. See program’s Catalog page for specific information on admission, program of study, and other requirements.

The Ed.D. degree program in Educational Leadership is designed to extend the competence and knowledge base of educational leaders who have been prepared to work in elementary, middle, secondary, and postsecondary educational settings. The program seeks to develop administrators and supervisors who:

  1. will become team and community leaders,
  2. have developed an informed vision of what educational organizations are and can become,
  3. will focus on teaching and learning for an increasingly diverse student group as the mission of the educational organization, and
  4. have acquired an initial mastery of the theory and practice of organizational leadership and management in a climate of fiscal and social constraint. See program’s catalog page for specific information on admission, program of study, and other requirements.

Continuous Enrollment

A student working for a doctorate must be enrolled at Georgia Southern University during the semester in which the comprehensive/qualifying/candidacy examination is taken and in each subsequent semester, including summer term, following the first dissertation registration, until the degree requirements are met and the dissertation is accepted by the College of Graduate Studies. Should a student not register each semester as required by the College of Graduate Studies continuous enrollment policy, the student will be required to register in thesis or dissertation credit and pay tuition and fees for the missed registration semesters at the beginning of the semester the student resumes his/her study providing the student is eligible to return and resume registration. 

A student may request a non-medical Leave of Absence from the degree program. Consult the College of Graduate Studies Academic Appeal website for information: