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Educational Leadership Ed.D.

Develop the Skills to Assume a Top Administrative Position in School

With a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Education, you will have the skills to become an educational leader who can effect broader change. UHCL’s program provides extensive development in sound research and administrative practices so educational leaders thrive in current and future educational environments. You will develop greater expertise while gaining an extensive understanding of educational leadership theory and practice through case studies, data collection, and field experience. You’ll achieve your goal of obtaining a key administrative position at any level from elementary through high school or at the district office level, and you’ll acquire relevant skills to influence key decisions in administration and academics while applying cutting-edge research and management tools in responding to critical issues.

Stand Out in Your Field. Become a Policy Maker and Researcher.

UHCL's leading doctoral program is only taught by faculty with doctorates, many from major research universities. Our individualized student approach provides the support for you to personally excel. These factors, combined with our fiscally sound in-state tuition, demonstrate the quality and value our program delivers.

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Admission Requirements

Eager to make your dreams come true by studying at UHCL? Make sure you have what it takes to begin your journey to success.


  • Educational Leadership Ed.D.
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall 2022: June 1 (Deadline extended July 15)

  • Application

    Both university and program applications are required.

  • Special Requirements
    • Master's Degree from an Accredited Institution
    • A combined score of 297 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a minimum score of 4.0 on the Analytical Writing portion of the GRE. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years. In the application process for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, applicants have the option of providing a writing sample, where the writing activity is proctored at UHCL, in lieu of the GRE.
    • Official Transcripts
      • Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Office of Admissions or International Admissions.
      • Please review New Student Admissions in the Graduate Catalog under Transcripts and Records Information to learn how to submit an official college transcript to UHCL.

    The following documents must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):

    • Resume
    • Letter of Intent - Please structure your letter as follows:
      • Paragraph 1 - Why do you wish to pursue a doctoral-level degree in Education Leadership?
      • Paragraph 2 - What are your career goals and how will this degree help you accomplish your long-term goals?
      • Paragraph 3 - What are your research interests as they relate to education?
      • Paragraph 4 - What are your scholarly and professional accomplishments as they relate to your educational leadership?
      • Paragraph 5 - How does your prior work experience relate to your interest in the doctoral program focusing on educational leadership?
    • Three reference forms - At least one reference must be from a supervisor or other administrator familiar with the applicant's work. If possible, at least one of the Reference Forms should be from a professor involved in the applicant's master's program.
    • Letter of Support from Employer
  • Educational Leadership EdD with Certification Specialization
  • Superintendent and Principal as Instructional Leader Specialization Requirements

    Before being permitted to enroll in any course leading to either Superintendent certification or Principal as Instructional Leader certification, students must be admitted to the certification program.

    Upon notifying the College of Education of their intention to pursue Superintendent or Principal as Instructional Leader certification, the student will be directed to submit the following to the College of Education:

    • Teacher Service Record (TSR)
    • College of Education Advanced Certification Program Application
    • Interview Video
      • Record a 5-8 minute video of yourself that answers the following questions:
        • What can you tell us about yourself and your experiences that will make you a good candidate for the Superintendent or Principal as Instructional Leader program?
        • What does leadership mean to you?
        • How do you use critical self-reflection in your professional growth?
        • Explain how you plan to balance self-care, role responsibilities/expectations, and the rigor of a graduate program?
      • Upload the video of YouTube as "unlisted" and then send the link to the College of Education as directed.

    Principal as Instructional Leader Admissions Essay and Principal as Instructional Leader Interview video will be scored based on program established rubrics.

    Superintendent Admissions Essay and Superintendent Interview video will be scored based on program established rubrics.

    Once your application has been approved, you will be prompted to formally accept your office of admission to the program and pay a required $37 TEA Admission fee.


Degree Requirements

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Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL

UH-Clear Lake at Pearland

UH-Clear Lake at Pearland

1200 Pearland Pkwy
Pearland, Texas 77581
Phone: 281-212-1700

Since 2010, University of Houston-Clear Lake at Pearland has proudly served as an upper-level institution serving juniors, seniors, and graduate students in fields like business and behavioral science.

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Accreditations and Distinctions

The College of Education is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency.

We’ve earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.


Educational Leadership Ed.D. Faculty

Sue Brown
Suzanne Brown

Suzanne Brown

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3536
Email: browns@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Suzanne Brown Faculty Bio

Jane Cooper
Jane Cooper

Jane Cooper

Assistant Professor of Qualitative Methods,
Education

Contact number: 281-841-4858
Email: cooperja@uhcl.edu
Office: B1111-12

Jane Cooper Faculty Bio

Antonio Corrales
Antonio Corrales

Antonio Corrales

Doctoral Program Director and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3588
Email: corrales@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1111

Antonio Corrales Faculty Bio

John Decman
John Decman

John Decman

Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3548
Email: decman@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1125

John Decman Faculty Bio

Jennifer Grace
Jennifer Grace

Jennifer Grace

Administration and Supervision Program Director and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3523
Email: grace@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1111-8

Jennifer Grace Faculty Bio

Rebecca Huss-Keeler
Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3535
Email: huss@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Rebecca Huss-Keeler Faculty Bio

Lisa Jones
Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones

Department Chair and Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and Diversity,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3551
Email: jonesl@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1325

Lisa Jones Faculty Bio

Robert Jones
Robert Jones

Robert Jones

Professor of Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3562
Email: jonesr@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1111

Robert Jones Faculty Bio

Renée Lastrapes
Renée  E. Lastrapes

Renée E. Lastrapes

Education Program Director and Associate Professor of Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3566
Email: Lastrapes@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1111

Renée E. Lastrapes Faculty Bio

Judith Márquez
Judith Márquez

Judith Márquez

Professor of Studies in Language and Culture,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3591
Email: marquez@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1325

Judith Márquez Faculty Bio

Queinnise Miller
Queinnise Miller

Queinnise Miller

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3512
Email: millerq@uhcl.edu
Office: B1111-13

Queinnise Miller Faculty Bio

Michelle Peters
Michelle Peters

Michelle Peters

Department Chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Professor of Research & Statistics, Co-Director UHCLTeach ,
Education

Contact number: 202-321-3752
Email: petersm@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1111

Michelle Peters Faculty Bio

Randy Seevers
Randy Seevers

Randy L. Seevers

Program Director and Associate Professor of Special Education,
Education

Contact number: 281- 283-3534
Email: seevers@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1321

Randy L. Seevers Faculty Bio

Felix Simieou
Felix Simieou

Felix Simieou III

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3589
Email: simieou@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1125

Felix Simieou III Faculty Bio

Paul Wagner
Paul Wagner

Paul Wagner

Professor, Leadership and Educational Psychology,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3571
Email: wagner@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Paul Wagner Faculty Bio

Jana Willis
Jana Willis

Jana Willis

Department Chair and Professor of Literacy, Library Science, and Learning Technologies,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3568
Email: willis@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1321

Jana Willis Faculty Bio