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Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

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The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills to educational leaders who seek to develop and refine their knowledge and skills to help transform through practice. The centerpiece of the Ph.D. curriculum is a personal transformation to a critical understanding of knowledge and the way it is conveyed.

*We are not accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Unique to the program

  • ​Streamlined course options to allow Ph.D. coursework completion in 2.5 years (excluding dissertation)
  • Evening and weekend courses with schedules tailored to the needs of working professionals
  • Multiple perspectives for you to gain enhanced insight in PreK-12 and higher education environments


Graduate research assistantships are available for doctoral students. Graduate Research Assistants are assigned to faculty to conduct research projects to the faculty's expertise. The workload is twenty hours per week for a full-time Graduate Research Assistant. Tuition remission of up to twenty (20) hours of graduate study per academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms) and a stipend. Assistantship applications must be submitted by February 1st.​
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Department of Educational Leadership
College of Education and Human Services
Central Michigan University
195 Ojibway Ct.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
EHS Building

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College of Education and Human Services | Central Michigan University | | 195 Ojibway Ct | EHS 426 | Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 | (989) 774-3079