Graduate Programs

Xavier Offers Doctorate in Educational Leadership

The doctoral program (Ed. D.) in educational leadership has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The first cohort was admitted Fall 2015. The 60-hour curriculum will focus on urban education and school turnaround, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that blends theory and applied research with practice. In keeping with Xavier's Mission, the program is designed for the candidate who wants to become a leader and agent of change in approaching the current challenges facing many schools today. The program follows Xavier's mission with a focus on leadership values that include social justice, collaborative relationships, advocacy, and inclusion of all the organization's stakeholders. Candidates will learn strategies and skills that will engage all constituents in creating schools with sustainable high performance based on effective organizational models and best instructional practices. The platform to change is underpinned by the pedagogical successes of urban schools that consistently meet the academic needs of all children, including those who are poor and minority.

The program will be administered through the Division of education and Counseling. Spaces are limited. Potential candidates must possess a Master's Degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a 3.0 or higher GPA, submit a combined GRE score of at least 1000 (verbal and quantitative) or 294 on the revised GRE or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of at least 391 or 37 on the previous test in addition to other admission requirements. These scores should be no more than 5 years old.

Application Guidelines for the
Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed. D.)

STEP 1

  1. Submission of a completed ONLINE application accompanied by the application fee by March 1 for Fall admission.  This program has only Fall admission and only ONLINE applications will be accepted.

  2. Submission of official transcript(s) of all graduate degrees and graduate coursework beyond the graduate degree. Applicants must possess a graduate degree to apply. The graduate degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 or higher grade point average based on a scale in which A=4.0.

  3. Submission of two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to appraise your scholastic aptitude, leadership ability, and personal and professional potential in a doctoral program. Letters must be current and signed using appropriate letterhead. Graduate School recommendation forms are not acceptable.

  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined score of at least 1000 (verbal and quantitative) or 294 on the revised GRE or a Millers Analogies Test (MAT) score of at least 391 or 37 on the previous test. These scores must be no more than 5 years old.

  5. Submission of a letter of intent explaining why you want to enroll in a doctoral program, your research interests,     and why you choose Xavier University of Louisiana.

  6. Submission of an example of your best scholarly writing.  It should be no more than 5 years old, approximately 8-10 pages, not including the cover page and the list of references, and should be double spaced using APA format.

  7. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview.

  8. Accepted applicants will be sent a letter of acceptance with the due date for the required acceptance fee.

STEP 2

Selected applicants will be invited to an interview.

STEP 3

Accepted applicants will be sent a letter of acceptance with the due date for the required acceptance fee.

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