Leadership in Educational Business and Finance

Major Code: 7400


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The West Texas A&M University Educational Leadership Program prepares confident, skilled, and reflective leaders of education to pursue excellence and make powerful and lasting impacts in their communities.

The educational business and finance pathway is designed for financial leadership positions in educational institutions (primary, secondary, and post-secondary) serving rural regions. Specific leadership skills for business officers and those seeking a specialization in business affairs within educational institutions, including an understanding of the legal/fiscal structures, constraints and opportunities available to chief financial officers and their support teams. This program also provides a deep understanding of ethics, organizational theory, power, decision-making, academic research, and scholarly writing through which financial management action is deployed to the good of institutions.

Distinguished program characteristics require 60 hours of courses that include an interdisciplinary curriculum, an emphasis on scholarly research and methodology, the opportunity for a high-impact experiential residency, and an endowed scholars’ program. Candidates who qualify may transfer up to 12 hours of transfer credit and/or competency credit into the three-year program. The residency requirement will be met when the candidate completes a minimum of 48 hours of classes at WTAMU. This satisfies the residency requirement of the Graduate School.

Features of the curriculum highlight environmental courses (sociology, decision-making, and superintendent certification) to ground doctoral candidates in the interface among the community, the individual’s decision-making, and the job description. The first year in the Educational Leadership doctoral program includes superintendent certification courses while the first year in the Leadership in Higher Education Pathway focuses on leadership in university and/or community college settings. All three Pathways are introduced to add additional knowledge and skill courses of educational leadership in the second year. For all Pathways, the final year focuses on research, scholarly writing, and applying theory to practice. Rather than the traditional dissertation, innovative scholarly research throughout the three years at WTAMU results in an extensive literature review and two articles that are publication-ready. 

If you are interested in seeking a Doctorate of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), West Texas A&M is here to help you achieve your goals.

     - Dr. Eddie Henderson (Program Director EC - 12) and Dr. Janet Hindman (Program Director Leadership in Higher Education)

Degree Requirements

Educational Leadership Cognate Courses (12 SCH Required)

EDLD 6332 – Ethics in Educational Leadership (3)  
Prerequisite(s): Admission to a doctoral program at WTAMU. Serving as an advocate for all children, educational leaders provide moral direction for the educational community by modeling and promoting the highest standard of conduct, ethical principles, and integrity in decision making, actions, and behaviors in interpersonal communication, applications of laws and policies, and stewardship of educational resources.
EDLD 6336 – Organization Theory (3)  
EDLD 6340 – Leadership in Education (3)  
EDLD 6356 – Power, Myth, and Memes (3)  

Rural Emphasis Courses (9 SCH Required)

[Note: "*" indicates Required for the Educational Business/Finance pathway]

EDLD 6381 – Decision-Making in Rural Education (3)  

and 6 SCH from:

ECON 6300 – Topics in Contemporary Economic Theory (3)*  
EDLD 6380 – Race, Equity, and Leadership in Rural Education (3)  
EMA 6310 – Emergency Management and Response (3)  
SOCI 6315 – Demographics of Rural Communities (3)  

Research Courses (24 SCH Required)

12 SCH Required

EDLD 6000 - Scholarly Delivery 1- 12 (12)  

9 SCH Required

RSCH 6311 – Quantitative Research Designs (3)  
RSCH 6313 – Qualitative Research Designs (3)  
RSCH 6326 – Research Designs (3)  

and 3 SCH from:

RSCH 6312 – Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis (3)  
RSCH 6314 – Advanced Mixed Methods Data Analysis (3)  
RSCH 6315 – Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (3)  

Educational Business/Finance Leadership Pathway (15 SCH Required)

ACCT 6300 – Financial Accounting (3)  
CIDM 6310 – Information Technology Management (3)  
FIN 6300 – Managerial Finance (3)  
FIN 6316 – Financial Statement Analysis and Forecasting (3)  


Other content concentration course(s) approved by the program director.