Doctoral Educational Leadership Program

Program Overview/Mission

Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is the answer for educational leaders wishing to affect broader educational change. Our program provides extensive development in sound research and administrative practices so educational leaders thrive in current and future educational environments.

Candidates develop greater expertise while gaining an extensive understanding of educational leadership theory and practice through case studies, data collection, and field experience. They acquire relevant skills to influence key decisions in administration and academics while applying cutting-edge research and management tools in responding to critical issues.

Our doctoral program features a leading academic program taught exclusively 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.

In addition to the doctorate degree, our doctoral candidates can earn a Certificate in Research that provides candidates a more comprehensive background in the area of research.

Candidates can choose from three options: Program Evaluation is designed for individuals interested in conducting external program evaluations for a school district, evaluating state and federal grants, or seeking employment in a district research department; Teaching Research and Statistics is for candidates who intend to teach the subject at the university level; and Research for Administrators is beneficial for administrative personnel including those at institutions of higher education, or who work within K-12 district research departments participating in data collection/analysis and overseeing external program evaluations.


Program Degrees

Educational Leadership Ed.D.

Admission Requirements

  • Educational Leadership Ed.D.
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall: July 1

  • Application
    Both university and program applications are required.
  • Special Requirements
    • Resume
    • 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.
    • Letter of Intent - The Letter of Intent, not to exceed 1000 words, should explain why you wish to pursue doctoral-level work in Educational Leadership. Discuss the following topics: your career goals; your research interests as they relate to education; how the program will help you meet your career goals and pursue your research interests. You should also discuss your scholarly and professional accomplishments and your prior work experiences that relate to your interest in, and aptitude for, the graduate program. Focus on your future and how the degree will help you accomplish your long-term goals. Please do not include how you got into the field of education.

      Please structure your letter as follows:

      Paragraph I – 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
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Fort Bend ISD)
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall: June 1

  • Application
    Both university and program applications are required.

Program 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 1119

Faculty Bio

Sandra Browning
Sandra Browning

Sandra Browning

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3503
Email: browning@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 3.203

Faculty Bio

Carol Carman
Carol Carman

Carol Carman

Associate Professor of Educational Research ,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3606
Email: Carman@uhcl.edu
Office: 1125-6

Faculty Bio

Antonio Corrales
Antonio Corrales

Antonio Corrales

Doctoral Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

Contact number: 409-392-8186
Email: corrales@uhcl.edu
Office: B1111-11

Faculty Bio

John Decman
John Decman

John Decman

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

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

Faculty Bio

Rebecca Huss-Keeler
Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3535
Email: huss@uhcl.edu
Office: 1119-09

Faculty Bio

Lisa Jones
Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones

Associate Professor of Multicultural Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3551
Email: jonesl@uhcl.edu
Office: 1325-07

Faculty Bio

Robert Jones
Robert Jones

Robert Jones

Professor of Educational Foundations,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3562
Email: jonesr@cl.uh.edu
Office: 1111-9

Faculty Bio

Michele Kahn
Michele Kahn

Michele Kahn

Associate Professor of Multicultural Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3549
Email: kahnmm@uhcl.edu
Office: 1325

Faculty Bio

Renée Lastrapes
Renée  E. Lastrapes

Renée E. Lastrapes

Assistant Professor of Education Research and Assessment,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3566
Email: Lastrapes@uhcl.edu
Office: 1111-5

Faculty Bio

Judith Márquez
Judith Márquez

Judith Márquez

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

Contact number: 281-283-3591
Email: marquez@cl.uh.edu
Office: 1325-06

Faculty Bio

Kathryn Matthew
Kathryn Matthew

Kathryn Matthew

Professor of Reading and Language Arts,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3598
Email: Matthew@UHCL.edu
Office: B1321

Faculty Bio

Denise McDonald
Denise McDonald

Denise McDonald

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction,
Education

Contact number: 281- 283-3544
Email: mcdonald@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 3203.10

Faculty Bio

Amy Orange

Amy Orange

Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research,
Education

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

Faculty Bio

Michelle Peters
Michelle Peters

Michelle Peters

Professor of Research and Applied Statistics-Program Coordinator, Educational Foundations/Research,
Education

Contact number: 202-321-3752
Email: petersm@uhcl.edu
Office: B1111-10

Faculty Bio

Randy Seevers
Randy Seevers

Randy L. Seevers

Associate Professor of Special Education,
Education

Contact number: 281- 283-3534
Email: seevers@uhcl.edu
Office: B1321-08

Faculty Bio

Felix Simieou
Felix Simieou

Felix Simieou III

Department Chair for Leadership and Policy Analysis and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership ,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3589
Email: simieou@uhcl.edu
Office: 1125-10

Faculty Bio

Paul Wagner
Paul Wagner

Paul Wagner

Professor of Educational Foundations,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3571
Email: wagner@uhcl.edu
Office: 1119-08

Faculty Bio

Laurie Weaver
Laurie Weaver

Laurie Weaver

Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3584
Email: weaver@uhcl.edu
Office: 1325-12

Faculty Bio

Jana Willis
Jana Willis

Jana Willis

Department Chair of Literacy, Library and Learning Technologies and Professor of Instructional Design and Technology ,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3568
Email: willis@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 3203.1

Faculty Bio