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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Who should apply?
    • Educational Leadership (EDLD) Track:
      • Educators and individuals who wish to accumulate insight into, knowledge about, and acquire skill sets to lead or work in rural school districts or who wish to improve their job performance in their current position. The program's unique focus through rural school preparation equips school leaders with a wide variety of tools to lead and ensures the replication of these skills in any school district, of any size, and in any location.
    • Leadership in Higher Education (HE) Track:
      • Educator and individuals who wish to accumulate insight into, knowledge about, and acquire skill sets to lead or work in community colleges, colleges and universities, governmental agencies, or educational organizations. 
      • The program’s unique focus through rural school preparation equips aspiring higher education leaders with a wide variety of tools to lead and ensures the replication of these skills in any higher education institution or educational organization of any size and in any location.
  • What can I do with this degree?
    • Educational Leadership (EDLD) Track:
      • Rural school leaders are needed as rural schools serving less than 1,000 students comprise more than 50% of the districts in Texas.
      • Understand the sociology of rural communities, the job responsibilities of a superintendent (the program includes superintendent professional certification), and how you make decisions to improve your current job performance.
      • Develop research skills to apply theory to problems of practice and unravel complexity. 
      • Teach educational leadership in higher education institutions.
    • Leadership in Higher Education (HE) Track:
      • Understand the sociology of rural communities, the job responsibilities of a leader in higher education settings, and how you make decisions to improve your current job performance.
      • Develop research skills to apply theory to problems of practice and unravel complexity.
      • Work as a scholarly practitioner in administrative or instructional positions within community colleges, colleges, universities, state and federal educational agencies, or educational organizations.
  • Is this program open to teachers?
    • Yes, this program is open to teachers and to practicing school administrators and other educational personnel who have an interest in obtaining an Ed.D.  
  • Is a master’s degree required?
    • Yes, a master’s degree is required. The GPA for all graduate work must be at least a 3.25 or higher GPA.
  • Will this terminal degree allow me to teach in higher education?
    • Yes, if the position calls for a terminal degree in educational leadership.
  • Will writing scholarly deliverables instead of a dissertation hurt my chances to teach in higher education institutions?
    • No.  The scholarly delivery papers that you write in this program are as academically rigorous as a dissertation. The scholarly delivery has the added advantage of addressing a problem of practice and of adding two publishable papers to your Curriculum Vitae (CV). In addition, the Ed.D. program of studies is as rigorous as a Ph.D. program.  The emphasis on rural school leadership may make you more attractive as that is an overlooked need.
  • Is principal certification required?
    • Those entering the program that seek, but do not hold the Texas principal certification, must meet Texas certification requirements separate from the doctoral program. WTAMU offers a program for principal certification. For more information, please see our website.
  • When is the start date?
    • The first cohort of Ed.D. candidates began in the spring of 2019. 
    • Subsequent cohorts will also begin in the spring. Admission to the program is once a year.
  • When should I apply and when will you admit candidates?
    • You can apply at any time during the year.
    • Application materials submitted prior to 5 p.m. CST on October 1 will be reviewed for admittance into the program for the following year. 
    • Application materials submitted after 5 p.m. CST on October 1 will be in the queue for review after another year has passed.
    • We will notify applicants who advance to phase 2 after October 15th.
  • What transcripts are required?
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended for undergraduate and graduate courses are required.
  • Is the program online or face-to-face?
    • The program is fully online with face to face seminars during each long semester and an optional international experience that is offered the first summer semester. We anticipate that each seminar will be a full day session that will be offered on a Saturday at WTAMU during each long semester. The orientation seminar may include a Friday evening meet and greet prior to the Saturday session.
  • What are the costs?
    • When the program began in the spring of 2019, at then-current fee and tuition rates, we estimated that the cost to a Texas resident/border resident would be in the range of $22,790-$23,634 per candidate for the three (3) year program. For an out-of-state candidate qualifying for the out-of-state tuition waiver, we estimate the total cost range to be $25,544-$26.390. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice per academic year. For more specific cost information, please visit the cost calculator or contact the Business office at 806-651-2080.
  • How do I apply for scholarships?
  • What is a scholarly delivery?
    • All doctoral programs, whether an Ed.D. or a Ph.D., prepare candidates to apply research skills in the workplace and community. Completing either a dissertation or scholarly delivery, also known as a professional capstone, requires intense preparation and a strong foundation in research. Both scholarly delivery and a dissertation present a candidate’s findings and research in support of the candidate for an academic degree. 
    • The difference between the two degrees is that scholarly delivery focuses on solving problems of practice, real world problems, and delivers a solution to an issue in a real-world setting, while a dissertation focuses on describing in detail a hypothesis that is significant, original, and extends scientific knowledge.
    • Scholarly delivery may take on many different forms. It may be the writing of software to solve a specific technical problem or a curriculum designed to solve a specific educational problem. The scholarly deliverables for the WTAMU Ed.D. will focus on problems of practice (not proving or disproving a theory) and involve qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods research, with as in depth and as highly rigorous research as conducted for a dissertation. The two scholarly deliverables for the culmination of the Ed.D. will be publication-ready for scholarly academic journals in the field. Most academic journals prefer articles that are 35 pages or less.
  • Will there be training on how to write research papers?
    • Yes. Some of the seminars when candidates come to campus will be focused on writing scholarly delivery research, using APA 6th edition style guide, and provide tips of how to write academic research.