Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education Ph.D.

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Want to be an instructional administrator and leader in K-12 settings? Our program prepares engaged, collaborative, and effective leaders through the integration of theory, reflection, and applied leadership opportunities.  We consider school leadership to be an intellectual, moral, and craft practice. You will develop your leadership capacity through collaboration, shared decision-making processes, and a focus on student learning and achievement.

Degree Overview | Administrative Certification | Admissions | Initial Registration Requirement | Faculty | Cost & Financial Support

Degree Overview

The Ph.D. program is flexible. You and your advisor work together to determine the best set of courses for you to take. The general distribution of coursework is as follows:

Doctoral Seminar – 6 hrs
Specialty/Core Courses – 24 hrs

These 21 hours are comprised of Educational Leadership courses.

Supporting Courses – 27 Hrs

These courses tend to be distributed between Educational Leadership, Adult Education, Educational Media/Technology and Transfer courses.

Foundations Courses – 9 hrs

These courses are distributed between Educational Foundations and Educational Psychology courses.

Research methods – 15 hrs

There are 9 required hours with the remaining 6 hours left to you to determine in consultation with your advisor.

Dissertation – 10 hrs

You must complete at least 10 hrs of dissertation.  Then, you must successfully defend the dissertation to a committee of the faculty that you and your advisor have agreed upon.

Educational Leadership Course Descriptions
Curriculum Model
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Administrative Certification

  • You must earn a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II test.
  • You must complete and send the certification application to Professional Education Services.
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Application Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree or higher
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Approval of the Department’s Graduate Program Committee, Department Head, faculty members of the Administration of Elementary & Secondary Education program, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Application Materials

  • All official transcripts
    (Hard copies) Send to: Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
    (Electronic copies) — if permitted by granting institution — Send to:
  • Graduate Record Examination Score —
    Competitive Scores:  400/146 Verbal; 400/140 Quantitative; 3.5/Competent Writing
  • Miller’s Analogy Test (as an alternative to GRE) — Competitive Score:  380
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Valid & renewable teaching certificate
  • Clear background check
  • EDUCATEAlabama Professional Learning Plan & feedback
  • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
  • Evidence of leadership & management potential
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Initial Registration Requirement

Auburn University requires on-campus students to provide proof of vaccinations.  Students must only do this before their first term of course registration.  This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.

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Cost & Financial Support

Scholarships Available
  • James R. & Frances R. Molnar Endowment Graduate Award
    • Minimum 3.5 GPA
    • Educational Leadership doctoral student
    • Planning to work as an administrator in P-12 or Higher Education
  • Dr. Dennis J. Sabo Fellowship
    • Graduate student in EFLT
    • Preparing for or presently serving in a leadership role in K-12 education, or preparing to teach in higher education in area of K-12 leadership
    • Evidence of financial need
    • Priority to recipients who have a family for which they are, at least in part, responsible for supporting.
  • Dr. William A. Spencer Annual Fellowship
    • Graduate student in EFLT
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Exhibits exceptional promise and leadership in one of the areas of the EFLT Department
  • JoAnn Granberry Murrell
    • Fully admitted to College of Education
    • Part-time or Full-time student
    • Enrolled in EFLT program
    • Demonstrate financial need
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