The Doctor of Education Degree requires a minimum of 90 hours of graduate credit, with a minimum of 60 credit hours earned beyond the Master’s Degree and a minimum of 30 credit hours earned beyond the Specialist’s Degree. Included in this requirement is 15 hours of credit for the writing of a dissertation. In some instances, it may be necessary that the candidate earn hours in excess of 90 credit hours to prepare him/her adequately with the necessary background for assuming the position of secondary school principal.
Although the Doctor of Education Degree program is designed for flexibility to meet adequately the needs of individual students, certain requirements must be met in at least two areas. At least 47 credit hours must be in the field of Educational Administration and at least 15 credit hours in a supporting area.
No one may be admitted to the secondary principal’s program unless he/she holds a teacher’s certificate (not a temporary permit) based on a Bachelor’s degree and has had at least three years of successful teaching experience.
Doctor of Education, Secondary School Principal: Total 90-95 credit hours with a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond a conferred master’s degree and a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond a conferred master’s degree and specialist’s degree.