Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (ELDP)

The ELA department mission is upheld and practiced in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (ELDP). ELDP represents the unique opportunity and responsibility ELA has to prepare educational leaders for socially just leadership, to foster educational programs, and to meet the needs of students across the state and along the U.S./Mexico border.

Students in ELDP should anticipate the academic rigor that ELA embraces as its mission and that NMSU maintains as an educational-leadership-degree-programs-best-online-programs“Extensive Research University.” In meeting the needs of its doctoral students, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program offers the following degrees:

Areas of focus for both degrees: Pk-12 Educational Administration; Community College Administration; University Administration.

Rated #7: Top Online Educational Leadership Degree Programs in the Country!

 

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment refers to taking course work for two or more programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Development (ELA) simultaneously. Enrollment in one ELA program is academically challenging, thus students accepted into the Master of Arts (Pk-12 or Higher Education), Ed.D., or Ph.D. program are not allowed to take courses in another program concurrently.

Prerequisites

  • Master’s Degree
  • Completion of NMSU Graduate School application: http://gradschool.nmsu.edu/
    • Payment of NMSU Graduate School application fee of $45
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended (other than NMSU) received by NMSU Admissions
  • Submission of ELDP Application Portfolio directly to ELA Department

Program Delivery

  • Cohort model
  • Hybrid: face-to-face and distance education delivery
    • Approximately 80% of attendance is face-to-face and 20% will be online.
  • Mandatory participation in orientation on July, 2018 (Tentative until cohort is selected).

Required Credit Hours

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): Educational Administration, 63 credits
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Educational Administration, 78 credits (Includes 15 credits of cognate courses in one of the following areas)
    • Examples of possible cognates
      • Child and Family Development
      • Communication
      • Feminist/Gender Studies
      • Latino/a Studies
      • Native American Studies
      • Program Evaluation/Data Analysis
      • Research Methods
      • Social Justice/Critical Theory
      • Sociocultural Theory

Required Courses

Fall 1—2 classes, 6 credit hours

  • ELA 620 Doctoral Seminar: Organizational Theory
  • ELA 685 Elements of Research

Spring 1—2 classes, 6 credit hours

  • ELA 622 Quantitative Research I
  • ELA 623 Qualitative Research I

Summer 1—2 classes, 6 credit hours

  • ELA 630 Concepts of Leadership in Education
  • ELA 671 Foundations of Educational Administration

Fall 2—2 classes, 6 credit hours

  • ELA 682 Quantitative Research II
  • ELA 670 Advanced Internship I

 Spring 2—3 classes, 9 credit hours

  • ELA 683 Qualitative Research II
  • ELA 670 Advanced Internship II
  • ELA 650 Higher Education Law (CC/Univ) or ELA 679 Public School Law (Pk-12)

Summer 2—3 classes, 9 credits

  • ELA 502 Special Problems: Scholarly Writing & the Southwest Border
  • ELA 689 Evaluation Design in Education
  • ELA 655 Higher Education Finance and Funding (CC/Univ) or ELA 676 Education Financial Management (PK-12)

Fall 3—1 class, 3 credits

  • ELA 693 Dissertation Seminar

Spring 3—3 classes, 9 credit hours

  • ELA 700 Doctoral Dissertation

Summer 3—1 class, 3 credit hours

  • ELA 700 Doctoral Dissertation

Fall 4—2 classes, 6 credits

  • ELA 700 Doctoral Dissertation

Admission Requirements

Beginning October 2, 2017, applicants will be able to submit the following in hard copy, as a portfolio to the Department of ELA:

  1. Receipt of ordered transcripts AND legible copies of all transcripts listed on graduate application included
  2. NMSU graduate application submission and/or payment of graduate application fee
  3. A letter of intent
  4. Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  5. A writing sample (four pages in length)
  6. Statement of Support
  7. Three letters of reference

Application Deadline

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018 Educational Leadership Doctoral Program Cohort beginning October 2, 2017. The application process is two fold as ELA requires applicants to apply both online through the graduate school and submit a hard-copy portfolio of required materials. The deadline for submitting applications and/or portfolios for this program is January 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm MST.

Applications and/or portfolios received after 5:00 pm MST January 16, 2018 will not be accepted.  Incomplete applications and/or portfolios will not be considered. 

Click here for the ELDP Brochure

Click here for the ELDP Application Portfolio Submission Instructions

Click here for the ELDP Student Handbook Revised 9/19/17

Accreditation

New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This program is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).

For more information

Please do not hesitate to contact the ELA Department if you have any questions related to ELDP.  Feel free to send an e-mail message to edmandev@nmsu.edu or call (575) 646-3825.