Educational Leadership

Saint Louis University’s program in educational leadership prepares professionals to excel in their careers and give back to the greater community.


About the Program

SLU’s NCAT-accredited graduate program in educational leadership is individually tailored to complement your unique interests and professional aspirations. It combines theory with practical insights and includes areas of concentrations for school principals, school superintendents and directors of special education.

 

Program Highlights

SLU’s NCAT-accredited graduate program in educational leadership is individually tailored to complement your unique interests and professional aspirations. It combines theory with practical insights and includes areas of concentrations for school principals, school superintendents and directors of special education.

Master's Curriculum and Program Details

This program prepares you to become a school principal. It requires 32 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. You will also complete a comprehensive written examination and an oral examination.

Ed.D. Curriculum and Program Details

This program prepares you to become an executive-level educational leader. Students enter the program with a master's or specialist degree in educational leadership or a related field.

The program requires you to complete 38 credit hours of coursework if you have a master's degree or 28 credit hours if you have a specialist degree. You will also complete a doctoral project, a comprehensive examination and an oral examination to graduate.  

Ph.D. Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership prepares you to become a researcher, professor and leader in academic settings. You can enter the program with either a master's or specialist degree in educational leadership or a related field.

You will then complete 42 credit hours, including 12 dissertation credit hours, followed by a comprehensive examination, a preliminary examination, a dissertation and a public defense.

Faculty
  • Susan Toft Everson, Ph.D.
  • John T. James, Ed.D.
  • Dennis R. Lea, Ed.D.
  • Sally Beth Lyon, Ed.D.
  • Ronald O'Dwyer, S.J. 
  • Ronald W. Rebore, Ph.D.
  • William Rebore, Ph.D.
  • Karen Tichy, Ed.D.
  • Jo Nell Wood, Ed.D.
  • Gary K. Wright, Ph.D.
Careers

Graduates of SLU’s educational leadership program are prepared to take the next step in their careers in education. M.A. graduates seek employment as principals, Ed.D. graduates seek executive-level educational roles, and Ph.D. graduates seek employment as researchers or professors.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Learn about scholarships and financial aid at Student Financial Services.

Applicant Criteria

Educational Leadership M.A.

Applicants must have completed 18 credit hours of upper-division undergraduate coursework in education or related areas approved by the educational leadership program.

Educational Leadership Ed.D. and Ph.D.

Applicants must complete six credit hours of graduate research coursework as a prerequisite for the doctoral programs. If you do not have some or all of these credit hours, you may take the hours during the doctoral program in addition to the required  coursework.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores required for Ed.D. and Ph.D. (GMAT, LSAT or Miller Analogies Test scores may be substituted)
Résumé
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL or IELTS is required on application.
  • SLU writing exam is required upon admission.

Application Deadline

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Review Process

The program has a year-round, rolling application process. Applications are reviewed by committee.