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Dr. Marie Simonsson
Associate Professor/Program Director
(956) 665-7388
msimonsson@utpa.edu

Department of Educational Leadership
Education Complex- EDUC 1.510
Phone: (956) 665-3436

Program Description

The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program is UTPA's commitment to provide educational leaders with the skills to make schools better places for children, youth, and adults of all ages. The program leads to a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership emphasizing preparation for careers in a variety of educational settings: K-12, community college, or university. The program is uniquely oriented toward the application of theory and knowledge derived from researching practical problems.

The program of study, research, and field practice include formal courses, independent study, internships, and continuing dialogue with faculty, practitioners, and cohort colleagues. The program is planned to accommodate those working full-time in professional positions; although, full-time doctoral work is encouraged.

The sequence of study consists of completing the required research-and-core coursework before being eligible to take the comprehensive examination. Thereafter, students will be completing specialization, elective-and-elective core coursework, proposing research, and completing a dissertation. In all, students must cumulate a minimum of 63 credit hours of predetermined and planned coursework, and 6 credit hours of dissertation research and writing.

Specialization or concentration areas include, but are not limited to superintendency, principalship, higher education administration, bilingual education, reading, research, etc.

Why a Doctoral of Education in Educational Leadership? We have the EXPERTS!

  • Doctoral Students Fernando Valle (2007), Emily Calderon Galdeano (2007), Imelda (Amy) Mares (2010), Richard Kirk (2013), and Dagoberto Ramirez (2013) were Clarks Graduate Research Seminar participants. The David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy, sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), Divisions A and L of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Sage Publications, brings emerging educational administration and policy scholars and noted researchers together for two days of presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth. 
  • Doctoral students Ava Munoz (2005-2007), Irma Doris Mendiola (2005-2007), Cynthia Saldivar (2006-07), Filomena Leo (2008-2010), Emily Calderon Galdeano (2008-2010), and Lisa Prieto (2012-2014) were recipient for the Jackson Scholar program. The Barbara Jackson scholar program provides formal networking, mentoring and professional development for graduate students of color who intend to become professors of educational leadership. Through this effort, UCEA has facilitated the development of a robust pipeline of faculty and graduate students of color in the field of educational leadership.
  • The doctoral program was recognized as a semifinalist by Excelencia in Education in 2008 (documented in What Works for Latino Students: Examples of Excelencia Compendium, 2008 edition)

Time to Degree: 4 years

Total Credit Hours: 69 hours

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