Saint Louis University's Educational Leadership Program offers Masters of Arts, Specialist, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. SLU's Educational Leadership has a regional and national reputation. The faculty is committed to the concept of program quality, and quality was the driver in the development of design for each of the degrees. The foundation of each design is grounded in the literature on educational leadership preparation. Additionally, students' work meets the Carnegie Standards for doctoral education. SLU's Educational Leadership Program is accredited by NCAT.
SLU's Educational Leadership Program is:
M.A.: The M.A. is designed to prepare students to become school principals. The program requires students to take 32 graduate hours beyond the bachelor's degree, and to complete a comprehensive written examination and an oral examination.
Ed.S.: The specialist degree is designed as a certification degree, which allows students to meet advanced certification requirements.
Ed.D.: The Ed.D. is designed to prepare students to become executive level educational leaders. Students enter the program with a masters or specialist degree in educational leadership or a related field. The program requires students, with a masters degree, to complete 38 hours of coursework; students with a specialist degree, complete 28 hours of coursework. Students complete coursework plus a doctoral project, a comprehensive examination, and an oral examination in order to graduate.
Ph.D.: The Ph.D. is designed to prepare students to become researchers, professors, and leaders in academic settings. Students enter the program with a masters or specialist degree in educational leadership or a related field. They complete 42 credit hours, including 12 dissertation hours, a comprehensive examination, a preliminary examination, a dissertation, and a public defense in order to graduate.