Education Leadership

Education Leadership

Education Leadership

The Doctor of Education in Education Leadership (Ed.D) degree is designed for those seeking leadership positions public school districts, higher education, state or federal agencies, private sector. Program is designed for graduation success by providing the quality of a doctoral experience and flexibility for working professionals. Distinctive qualities of program include:

  • In-depth Faculty Support of Students, as is distinctive of all A&M-Texarkana programs.
  • Evidence-based cohort model for peer support. Students meet together three weekends a semester for core content. This program is not available to students unable to travel to campus periodically throughout the semester.
  • Opportunities for state, national, and international travel.
  • Convenient and flexible for students outside the immediate vicinity while providing student/peer support and faculty interaction.
  • Up to 12 hours of competency-based or transfer credit available 

Apply to the Doctoral Program     Doctoral Program Handbook      Superintendent Certification Program

Applications are accepted year-round so doctoral students may start their cognate (concentration area) before starting doctoral coursework with a cohort. For example, applicant may want to earn their superintendent certification in two semesters (Summer and Fall) prior to cohort coursework. Cognate courses are graduate courses (12 SCH) beyond an initial master's degree that meet a candidate's long-term goals. Cognate courses may include but are not limited to, principal or superintendent certification courses or higher education courses. Cognates must be approved by the program chair. Doctoral students must apply to and be accepted by the A&M‑Texarkana Scholars of Practice doctoral program to receive financial aid. 

Cohort coursework starts in the spring semester.

For questions or additional information please contact Dr. Rebeca Cooper at or (903) 223-3011 or the graduate office at (903) 223-3129.

Featured Courses

EDLD 612 - Strategic Management and Change

To succeed in the future, leaders must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain an advantage in traditional and emerging education systems. The focus of this course will be the strategic management for successful change with respect to the intended direction and goals of the organization; the organization’s strengths and weaknesses; the current system structure; and the social, political, technological, economic, and global environments. Leaders must have a solid understanding of how to influence organizational change that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.

EDLD 622 - Communication for Organizational Leaders

Communication style and effectiveness of organizational leaders greatly impacts the success of individual education organizations. Knowledge of the pervasive impact of the computer, Internet, intranet, and other communication modalities will be integrated with time-honored communication principles to enable students to maximize their effectiveness in dynamic educational environments. In addition to community and internal organizational communication, students will focus on leading meetings, presentation skills, and dealing with criticism and conflict.

EDLD 623 - Education Marketing and Public Relations

Effective public relations skills are essential to much of the success in private and public spheres. Public relations efforts address how we wish to present ourselves to others and how to deal with the perceptions of who others believe we are. A successful public relations program helps build and maintain positive relationships through an open exchange of information between and among internal and external stakeholders of an organization. This course will help prepare students to engage in successful marketing and public relations to promote a variety of efforts, including fundraising, bond issues, and other priority efforts in the public administration arena.