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The George Washington University
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Final deadline for applications to the January 2015 cohort in Newport News, VA is Oct. 15.

Please contact Terry Hinders ( for more information. The next cohort for Northern Virginia is anticipated to begin Fall 2015.

The program emphasizes the development of original research and culminates in the writing of a scholarly dissertation.
  • Academically rigorous, 48-credit post-master's program
  • 36 credits of course instruction; 12 credits (minimum) of dissertation research
  • Accelerated cohort model
  • Classes meet on selected weekends
  • For 2014-2015, cohort locations will be
    • Fall 2014 Alexandria only
    • Spring 2015 Newport News only
    • No cohort in Ashburn

Program Contacts

GSEHD Admissions
(202) 994-9283

Academic Advisor
Alexandria, Ashburn, Newport News

Kelly Sherrill, JD, Ph.D.
(703) 726-3772

Faculty Director
Jennifer Clayton, Ph.D.

The George Washington University's Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Policy Studies is offered to those pursuing the highest level of preparation for positions in school administration, state- and federal-level administration, foundations, associations, and higher education.

Due to an increasing shortage of school-based professionals prepared to move into leadership positions in schools and school districts, opportunities abound for those with graduate degrees in educational leadership. Graduates of the Educational Administration programs at The George Washington University will be ready to meet today's challenges of school reform, growing school enrollments, and increasing retirements, to name a few.

Our expert program faculty - scholars, authors, and experienced former principals, superintendents, and state educational officers - bring to life in the classroom the obstacles faced by educational administrators in today's society. Our curriculum is designed to help administrators meet the increasing needs and demands that await 21st Century educators - to be intellectual leaders who understand curriculum and instruction, who motivate and support teachers and staff, and whose ideas help lead today's and tomorrow's vibrant educational community.

The Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Policy Studies

This doctoral program prepares students for leadership responsibilities within all facets of the educational arena. This is an academically rigorous program for educational leaders who are currently in, or aspire to, leadership careers. The applicant must have adequate preparation for advanced study. In addition, the applicant must have completed graduate work in fields prerequisite to his or her objective and comparable to that required for the degree of Master of Arts in Education and Human Development at this university. Students with a Master's degree in a field other than education may be considered for doctoral study provided that the degree and previous experience are judged relevant by the program director.

This program emphasizes the development of original research and culminates in the writing of a scholarly dissertation that reflects research skills used throughout the program and that contributes to the body of knowledge in the student's identified area of emphasis. Dissertation work is guided and supported by nationally-recognized faculty with extensive professional experience in educational administration and related fields.

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