Doctor of Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

When Predominantly evenings
Average Time to Complete 2 years

About the Program

VT | Doctorate | On-site – This Educational Leadership doctorate (Ed.D.) program is designed for practicing school administrators and supervisors who are seeking advanced preparation for positions in public or private schools.

Courses & Requirements

69 Credits | Course Checklist

Doctoral students complete a minimum of 69 hours of research and coursework on a mostly part-time basis. Courses are conducted in the evening to fit the schedules of full-time educators, and the majority of courses are taught in-person or via blended learning.

Students complete all core coursework within six semesters, and graduate after a minimum of eight semesters, or approximately three years. Some students require additional semesters to complete their dissertation research, but most still graduate within three to four years of starting the program.

Course topics include advanced school law, advanced school finance, instructional leadership, governance and policy, facilities planning, theories of administration, and quantitative research methods. Each course touches upon relevant, contemporary issues in K-12 education, such as standardized testing, school safety, special education, school accreditation, diversity, educational politics, and educational reform.

Cost & Financial Aid

Requests for financial assistance should be directed to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in Blacksburg, (540) 231-5179.

The Virginia Tech Roanoke Center programs are primarily for part-time students and financial assistance is unavailable. Virginia K-12 teachers under contract usually have reduced tuition at state universities. Contact the School of Education at (540) 231-1802 for more information.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

As a student of Virginia Tech, you will have access to:

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