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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 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 samplewhere the writing activity is proctored at UHCL, in lieu of the GRE.

    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
  • 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 Suite 1119

Suzanne Brown Faculty Bio

Antonio Corrales
Antonio Corrales

Antonio Corrales

Doctoral Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

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

Antonio Corrales Faculty Bio

Thomas Cothern
Thomas Cothern

Thomas Cothern

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3517
Email: cothern@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1111

Thomas Cothern Faculty Bio

John Decman
John Decman

John Decman

Program Coordinator and 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

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3521
Email: grace@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1111

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

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

Denise McDonald
Denise McDonald

Denise McDonald

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction,
Education

Contact number: 281- 283-3544
Email: mcdonald@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Denise McDonald 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 Coordinator 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

Interim Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3620
Email: simieou@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1231

Felix Simieou III Faculty Bio

Paul Wagner
Paul Wagner

Paul Wagner

Program Coordinator and Professor of Education,
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