Doctor of Education in Education Leadership and Policy Studies


The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies’ mission is to prepare educational professionals in school administration and supervision, within the framework of educational and social policy.  The faculty--through teaching, research, and community service, seek to contribute to the understanding and the resolution of educational leadership and development issues with particular attention to African Americans and other historically excluded ethnic groups.

The Educational Administration Guided Leadership Experiences (EAGLE) Program is a doctoral program leading to the Ed.D. degree. The program reflects the School of Education’s commitment to urban and diverse school systems through course content, faculty composition and clinical experiences. The EAGLE Program is specifically designed for practicing K-12 administrators who aspire to the position of superintendent of schools or some other senior-level position.

The program also aims at producing individuals who have knowledge and skill in all phases of the organization and management of educational institutions, especially school systems; who are familiar with the forces and influences which impinge on the process of education; who can use with intelligence; and discrimination the findings of research and evaluation; and, finally, who are sensitive to the interrelationship between school systems and the communities that they serve. 

The core curriculum for the EAGLE program is aligned to meet current standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The unique aspect of this program is its interdisciplinary content. This professional doctoral (Ed.D.) program focuses on educational administration as an interdisciplinary specialty.  Candidates may select elective course offerings (referred to as cognates) from the other academic departments within Howard University. Those academic departments have traditionally included Business, Communication, Social Work, Sociology, Law, Political Science, and Public Administration to supplement and enhance the major curriculum of educational leadership.  Other academic disciplines may be considered after consultation with your faculty advisor and program coordinator.  Twelve (12) graduate credit hours of these interdisciplinary courses will expand and enhance the skills of the candidates and contribute to the development of administrators as leaders who will be better communicators, decision-makers, politically astute, and oriented toward the family and social climate of the community.