Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership

Welcome Packet: Course Descriptions and How To Apply

“I would like to thank the entire faculty and staff in the Educational Leadership program.  Each individual member has inspired my success in the program and the educational field."

-Erin O'Reilly, M.Ed.

Program Description

The Doctor of Education degree is the terminal research degree in Educational Leadership. This advanced degree program increases the knowledge, expertise, and skill base in Educational Leadership; enhances and refines the research skills and competencies of students; and provides the required terminal degree for those students seeking administrative or teaching positions in higher education or those seeking positions of increased responsibility in K-12 schools. A minimum of 90 academic credits and one credit for the comprehensive exam is required for the Doctor of Education degree. Individual credits from an approved master’s degree and/or Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) as well as post master's graduate credits may be applied toward the Ed.D. The major field of concentration for the Ed.D. is in Educational Leadership with supporting concentrations in Curriculum Leadership, Higher Education, or Technology Leadership. 

Students seeking an administrative license in addition to an Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) are required to complete Field Experience.

Program of Study

The program requirements for the Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) Degree in Educational Leadership are based on the primary area of study (Educational Leadership) and the supporting area of study (Curriculum Leadership, Higher Education, or Technology Leadership) selected by the student. Applicants must also satisfy any additional requirements as may be set, for the individual student by the appropriate Program Admissions Committee. The student is responsible for working with his/her advisor to plan a formal program of study as soon as practical, but certainly by the end of the first semester of coursework.

In addition to the course requirements the following regulations apply:

  1. A minimum of 30 credits in the primary field, exclusive of the dissertation.
  2. A minimum of 20 credits in a chosen supporting area.
  3. A minimum of 9 credits in Foundations Courses
  4. A minimum of 15 credits in Research
  5. A minimum of one third of all course work must be taken in the Educational Leadership Department at UM, including one third of the coursework in the primary area.

Montana Administrative Licensure

All students pursuing a Montana Administrative License at the same time as a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership must complete the State of Montana's Field Experience requirements. A detailed description of these requirements can be found at The Department of Educational Leadership - Field Experiences. If you wish to initiate endorsement paperwork, contact the Department of Educational Leadership. 

Dissertation Requirements

 The dissertation, which is required for all doctoral students, follows the completion and pass of the comprehensive exams. The student must select a consenting dissertation chair.  Under the direction of the dissertation chair, the dissertation proposal  will be developed.   In consultation with the dissertation chair, the student will form a dissertation committee consisting of a minimum of five members. There are specific Graduate School dissertation requirements.  The student is responsible for following these requirements. The dissertation chair is the primary person to direct the research and the student must work closely with that individual to complete the dissertation process.

Spring 2014 Ed.D. Graduates


Dr. Sandra Boham: Vice President Of Academic Affairs, Salish Kootenai College (pictured with Drs. McCaw and Matt, Dept. of Educational Leadership)


Dr. Ted Fuller: Dean of Students, Hellgate High School (pictured with Fuller family and Dr. McCaw, Dept. of Educational Leadership)

Dr. Dobell

Dr. Robert Dobell, Principal Three Forks Middle School/High School (pictured with Dr. Bill McCaw, Department of Educational Leadership)

Dr. Chandler

Dr. Sean Chandler, Director of American Indian Studies at Fort Belknap College (pictured with Dr. Carole Falcon-Chandler, President. Aaniiih Nakoda College)