Top-Level Praxis for Educational Leaders

The Ed.D.’s emphasis on research and practice launches students into the next phase of their careers with the wisdom and skills to transform educational environments.

About Our Program

Thank you for your interest in the Educational Leadership Ed.D. program!

The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership is designed for individuals pursuing an advanced leadership position in a K-12 or higher education setting. The program prepares graduates for careers in senior-level professional practice, research inquiry, and the challenge of higher education and K-12 reform.

The program leads to both broad and deep scholarly knowledge with an emphasis on using new knowledge to serve as a scholar-practitioner within the profession. The program is guided by the general framework found in the course catalog. We support students in ensuring the coursework gets tailored to their focus area.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of our faculty members.

We look forward to talking with you!


Laura Smithers
Program Coordinator

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Admission Deadlines

Applications and all associated documents must be received by the following dates to be considered. Fall Semester: March 31 | Spring Semester: Nov. 15. Students wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship for the Fall semester must apply for the Ed.D. program and the college graduate assistantship by Feb. 1

Looking for a Graduate Assistantship?

The College of Education & Human Development has a limited number of Graduate Assistantships for full-time students admitted to masters or doctoral programs. 

Program Overview

The Educational Leadership Ed.D. program prepares graduates at an advanced level for work in the professorial ranks of higher education or positions of leadership in schools and agencies with a scholar-practitioner focus.

The degree provides rich preparation by exposing students to a wide variety of courses and experiences related to fundamental theories and, as well as current issues and trends in education with a focus on leadership needs.

Program Information

Program Faculty

Educational Leadership
Alexandra Aylward
Alexandra Aylward , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
(775) 682-9078
WRB 4054
Educational Leadership
Ethan Ris
Ethan Ris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
(775) 682-9374
WRB 4052
Educational Leadership
Jafeth Sanchez
Jafeth Sanchez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership; Director, Latino Research
(775) 682-9959
Educational Leadership
Laura Smithers
Laura Smithers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership
(775) 682-9372
WRB 4055