Doctor of Education


We're excited to launch our new Ed.D. program at Concordia University Texas! The online application process for the doctorate in education is different from our other programs.

Apply for the Ed.D. Program


Educational Administration with Superintendent Certificate

  • Emphasizes leadership at the district/central office level
  • Become eligible to sit for the Texas Superintendent Exam

Curriculum Instruction

  • Emphasize leadership abilities
  • Focus on leadership in curriculum and strategies for teaching mastery

Orientation information, handbooks, textbook lists and course schedules can be found on the Student Resources tab.

Learning Environment

The hybrid nature of the doctorate in education program is such that students will meet face-to-face with their instructors one weekend per month for four months. Students will meet for three different classes during these weekends: one Friday afternoon, one Saturday morning, and one Saturday afternoon.

Between the weeks of these meetings, students will be satisfying other course requirements in an online format. There are two exceptions to this. Each summer during July, all Ed.D. students will come together for one week of intensive study that will earn 3 credit hours of coursework.

The other exception is that the third year of the program will consist of students working on their dissertations. During this time, communications and meetings with dissertation committee members will take place, but no regular class meeting times as such.

Following the above routine, students can complete the program in three years.


Students in both the Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) and Educational Administration (EDAD) track will complete a dissertation starting their third year of the program.

Dissertation Committee selection and approval should take place during the second semester of the second year during the Research IV - Proposal course. Dissertation Committees will consist of three faculty members from CTX, one of which must be a full-time faculty member.

Generally, two of the three members will be from the College of Education. All requests to have a faculty member serve on a Dissertation Committee must be made by the instructor of Research IV – Proposal course.

Superintendent Certification
Admission to the superintendent certification program is conducted toward the end of the first year of the EdD program for students in the EDAD track. Superintendent certification courses are part of the EDAD program and are subject to regulations of the Texas Education Agency. At this time, the candidate seeking superintendent certification must:
  • Submit written application for admission
  • Complete a faculty interview (Rubric with faculty recommendation)
  • Be admitted to EdD Candidacy (Comprehensive Exam report)
  • Provide Service Record showing at least three credible years of managerial experience in a public school district
  • Provide Certificate showing valid, unexpired mid-management /principal certification from Texas.
  • Sign Texas Code of Ethics form
  • Sign Consent to Release form

In order to be accepted and remain in the Superintendent Certification program at Concordia University the candidate must:

  • Meet all admission requirements to the Superintendent specialization including a minimum GPA of 3.0 either cumulatively or in the last 60 hours from the most recently earned Master's degree or higher. 
  • Earn passing scores on both the Interview and Comprehensive Exam
  • Accept the admissions offer within the required timeframe
  • Remain in good standing with the University
  • Pass all required coursework
  • Pass the State Superintendent exam(s) during EDAD 6235 Practicum I or EDAD 6236 Practicum II
  • Successfully complete EDAD 6235 Practicum I and EDAD 6236 Practicum II at a TEA-approved district in Texas under the guidance of a state-certified mentor (superintendent certification) with at least three years of experience

All forms below must be filled out using Adobe. If you do not have Adobe on your computer, you can download it for free here or you can print out the forms and write on them. Word versions of all the forms below can be found in Blackboard in the appropriate practicum course (EDAD 6325/6 and CAI 6325/6)

Curriculum & Instruction Practicum Resources

Educational Admininistration Practicum Resources




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