Educational Leadership Doctoral Program
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does this doctoral program require a dissertation?
- Yes, this doctoral program does require a dissertation.
- Does this doctoral program require a GRE?
- Yes, this doctoral program does require a GRE.
- Is there an advisor I can meet with to discuss my options?
- If after reviewing the website, you are unsure which program specialization would be the best fit for you, and would like to meet with an advisor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-745-3061 to schedule an appointment.
- Is it possible to continue to work full-time and complete the doctoral program?
- It is not only possible for you to continue to work full-time and complete the doctoral program, but it is preferred. Our classes are a blended format of face-to-face, digital media (Blackboard, ITV, Podcasts, etc.), and current work location. We are trying to address adult learning theory and best practices in how we teach. Therefore, those things that need to be done face-to-face are taught in that manner on weekends and those elements that can be done effectively on-line are being done so. To insure that students are learning, you will also apply techniques in on-the job settings through assignments and practica.
- Are courses/meetings offered at extended campuses such as Elizabethtown or Owensboro campuses?
- Currently the face-to-face meetings are all being held on WKU's main campus; however, as stated in the previous answer, the classes are a blended format and we are trying to address adult learning in the most accommodating way possible.
- If I wanted to teach at a college level, which program specialization would be best for me?
- None of the specializations- This is not a program designed to create or improve college instructors; it is about educational leadership.
- Is it possible to earn Rank I status while earning my doctoral degree?
- Yes, it is possible but you must plan the programs separately both in the Office of Doctoral Studies and with the Office of Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research. For details concerning this process, please read more in the Graduate Studies catalog.
- I have read about your program and am excited to get started! Where do I apply?
- Go here. Then click on "Doctoral Degree Applicants" to get started on the application.
- I have asked for letters of recommendations to be written on my behalf. What should the letters include? Where should they be sent?
- The focus of the letters of recommendation should focus on three things: 1) how the recommender knows you, 2) what knowledge the recommender can share about your ability/potential as a leader, and 3) his/her evaluation of your likely success in our EDD program/doctoral level studies. They can be emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to: The Graduate School, Western Kentucky University, Wetherby Administration Building, Room 207, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1010.
- I am having issues with the application process. What should I do
- Should you need any assistance, please feel free to contact the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (270) 745-2446.
- Do I have to take the courses in order?
- It is recommended that the core courses be taken in order.
- I am only able to take one course this semester, instead of two. What do you recommend I take?
- It is recommended that the core courses be taken so that you can continue through the program with your cohort.
- If I decide to take a semester off, what should I do?
- If you are truly not making progress toward degree completion (no classes, not working on a practicum, the dissertation, etc.) in a particular semester/term, then registration is not required. However, we would appreciate you contacting the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program office to inform us, so we are aware of your decision.
- What happens if I sit out more than one semester?
- The Graduate School requires students who are not registered for three consecutive terms (Spring, Summer, Fall) to reapply to the program. There will be an application fee.
- I'm having trouble registering for my course. What should I do?
- If the course is restricted, you must call the Educational Leadership Doctoral Office to have the restriction lifted (270-745-3061). If there is a prerequisite or a corequisite error code, the Educational Leadership Doctoral office can lift that restriction as well. If there is a time conflict (two classes meet at the same time), the Registrar's Office will have to be contacted (270-745-3351 or 270-745-3352).
- Does the program offer graduate assistantships?
- Although this program is designed for working professionals, there are a limited number of competitive GA scholarships for students seeking to enroll full-time.
- Can I apply to receive graduate credit for successful completion of the National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) process?
- Students admitted to the EdD program may apply to receive graduate credit for successful
completion of the National Board Certified Teacher process. Those approved will receive
up to six (6) hours of credit for EDU 695. To be eligible to receive credit, students
must document that they: have been admitted to the EdD program in either the Teacher
Leader or P-12 Administrative Leadership concentration; have completed at least 9
hours in the EdD program; and hold current National Board Certification status.
The student must submit an application form to the Doctoral Studies Leadership Council, which will consider whether to approve the application and then determine the number of EDU 695 hours to credit to the student's program. The hours may not be substituted for required (core) courses in the program. Once a recommendation for the awarding of hours for NBCT completion is approved by the Doctoral Studies Leadership Council, the student must arrange for the American Council on Education (ACE) to send an official transcript documenting the student's NBCT status to WKU's Office of Graduate Studies and Research so that the credit may be entered on the student's transcript. No charge will be assessed by WKU.
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