Dec 10, 2023  
Graduate Record 2023-2024 
Graduate Record 2023-2024

Administration and Supervision, Ed.D.

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The Executive Studies in Educational Leadership (ExSEL) doctoral program prepares individuals who recognize that America’s future depends on imagination, creativity, disciplined inquiry, and teamwork. The program was designed as an advanced leadership preparation experience for working professionals to reflect the changing demands of educational leadership and the evolving skills required for effective practice. It is unique in its approach, facilitating a deeply engaged cohort of school leaders in a community of practice, similar to what they will create, in turn, for professionals in their own workplaces. The goal of this approach is to integrate knowledge and skills from a variety of relevant disciplines into a set of carefully designed learning experiences to transform individuals into evidence–based leaders.

Completion of the ExSEL doctoral program does not satisfy Virginia licensure requirements for an endorsement in administration and supervision.

Program Requirements


The EdD program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours for graduation. A maximum of 18 credits from a master’s program may be applied to the total credit hours if they meet criteria of fit with the program and are determined to be of equivalent level.

Required Core Courses

The EdD program includes 21 credits in core leadership classes, 18 credits in research, 18 elective credits (including transfer credit), and 12 credits in the capstone dissertation research.

Capstone Dissertation Research

Culminating Experience

Subsequent to the successful completion of a written comprehensive exam, students undertake a capstone dissertation. Successful completion of all capstone dissertation requirements, include (a) defending a dissertation proposal as determined by the doctoral committee; (b) planning the dissertation, obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, and carrying out a research study appropriate to the problem of practice and (c) passing an oral examination on the conduct and conclusions of the dissertation. (All other requirements must be completed before this defense.)

All requirements must be completed within four years after passing comprehensive examinations and within seven years of admission to the Ed.D. program. In special cases, upon approval of the doctoral committee, department chair, and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, out-of-date work may be revalidated by examination.

Public Professional Licensure Disclosure

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)). 

Upon completion of the Doctor of Education in Administration and Supervision at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state.

Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).