Doctor of Education

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for program admittance, the candidate must have a master’s degree or equivalent in a related field from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative GPA, GRE (verbal/quantitative OR writing assessment), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) that meet or exceed the following:

3.30-3.49 1030 5.0 46
3.50-3.59 1010 4.5 45
3.60-3.69 980 4.5 42
3.70-3.74 940 4.5 39
3.75 above 890 4.5 37

Other requirements for admittance include evidence of an appropriate teaching license and four years of experience in education; three letters of recommendation attesting to qualifications for graduate study; an autobiographical sketch; an interview with program faculty, and; a writing sample.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for this degree include a minimum of 60 post-master’s hours, plus comprehensive examination. Prior to admittance, the candidate must arrange and take the Minimum Computer Competencies test. Should the test results be unsatisfactory, the student must enroll for LSTE 7305 Microcomputer Applications. This class is not included in the required EdD program of study.

Degree Plan/Program of Study

The program of study includes the following courses that constitute the standards associated with the body of knowledge and the application of appropriate skills and dispositions to be a successful school administrator. These courses are not taken in any sequential order.

Co-requisite: Special Education Courses, SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education, OR the equivalent

Course Semester Hours
*EDAS 7300 Foundations of Educational Administration 3
*EDAS 7301 Administration and Assessment of Curricular Programs 3
*EDAS 7302 School Finance and Human Resource Allocation 3
*EDAS 7303 Education Law & Ethics 3
*EDAS 7304 Supervision of Learning Services 3
*EDAS 7305 The Principalship 3
EDAS 8301 Group Dynamics and Behavior in Learning Organizations 3
EDAS 8303 Advanced Seminar in School Law & Ethics 3
EDAS 8305 School Personnel Administration 3
*EDAS 8307 Sociocultural Foundations of Education Policy 3
*EDAS 8308 Central Office and Special Programs Administration 3
EDAS 8311 Superintendency 3
EDAS 8312 School Business Management and Facilities Planning 3
EDAS 8313 School and Community Relations 3
EDAS 8314 Contemporary Issues & Trends in Ed Administration 3
EDAS 8315 Administrative Problem Analysis 3
EDAS 8316 Collective Negotiations 3
EDAS 8317 Politics & Policy Analysis 3
EDAS 8320, Advanced Administrative Leadership Theory 3
EDAS 8330 Organizational System Analysis, Design and Change 3
EDAS 8380 Administrative Internship in Central Office 3
EDFN 7304 Basic Statistics 3
EDFN 8305 Advanced Statistics 3
EDFN 8306 Adv. Research Design 3
EDFN 7373 Qualitative Research Methods 3
Dissertation (15 hours minimum)
*EDAS 9300, Doctoral Seminar and Scholarly Writing 3
*EDAS 9390, Dissertation Colloquium 3
EDAS 9199, Dissertation 1
EDAS 9399, Dissertation 3
EDAS 9699, Dissertation 6
EDAS 9999, Dissertation 9
Other Approved Electives (6 Hours Maximum)
Area of Co-emphasis (if any):

*Required for doctoral degree

Other Approved Electives

As doctoral students may have needs for knowledge outside the Educational Administration and Supervision Program, an opportunity is offered for the student to include up to six semester hours of electives from outside the program. These elective courses must have the prior approval of the student’s academic advisor.


A doctoral student may take the option of having a co-emphasis in Special Education Administration or Gifted and Talented Administration. These are designed for candidates desiring to administer these programs from the district or educational cooperative perspective. Students taking advantage of this option must have a graduate degree in the co-emphasis area.

Arkansas Administrator Licensure

The Superintendent Licensure Assessment must be taken by all candidates seeking administrator licensure (superintendent, associate/assistant superintendent). The exam may be taken during the last semester of the student’s program of study. A student must attain a passing score to apply for the Arkansas Administrator License. A student not meeting this score may graduate and will have up to three years from the date of program graduation to obtain the required score.

The Educational Leadership and Supervision program will prepare an effective school administrator who:

  • Promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school and community;
  • Acts with integrity, fairness, and ethics;
  • Employs good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates the ability to use technology, telecommunications and information systems to enrich curriculum and instruction;
  • Employs knowledge of financial management;
  • Exhibits proficiency in problem solving, strategic planning, change process and personnel administration;
  • Utilizes current research in curriculum and school improvement efforts to provide relevant staff development.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, contact the College of Education or call Disability Support Services at 569-3143 (TTY capabilities). UA Little Rock is committed to the policy of providing equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate in employment, admissions, programs or any other educational functions and services on the basis of sex, disability, age, race, national origin, color, or religion.

Program Mission

The mission of the Educational Administration and Supervision (EDAS) Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is to prepare school leaders for advanced degrees of Master of Education, Educational Specialist, and Doctor of Education and/or to provide the courses required for licensure in Arkansas elementary principal, secondary principal, superintendent, or central office administrator, or supervisor.

The Program strives to:

  1. develop the intellect of our students;
  2. discover and disseminate knowledge;
  3. enhance awareness in the scientific, technical and cultural arena and;
  4. instill a desire for lifelong learning. Also,the program is committed to the development of effective citizenship with particular emphasis on service to the community and respect of all persons.

Program Philosophy

Our goal is to prepare educational leaders of diverse backgrounds. Each educational leader requires knowledge, skills, values, and commitment appropriate for administrative leadership, policy, instructional, and research roles in a pluralistic, interdependent, and global society. Our graduates should be competent in the field of educational administration, both in understanding of theoretical concepts and in relating them to practice in administrative activities.

Dr. Ann Robinson, Program Coordinator

Dr. Bruce Smith, Chair, School of Education

Dr. Ann Bain, Dean, College of Education and Health Professions