About this Program

The program leading to the Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare educational leaders for a wide variety of professional positions in PK-12 administration and supervision, higher education, and state and national policy making arenas. The goal is to prepare professionals who possess the knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership and to produce meaningful change in educational organizations with the underlying premise of social justice.

Program Highlights

  • The Cohort is designed for educational leaders working full-time in PK-12 schools, divisions, and other educational organizations. PK-12 school leaders take classes as part of a cohort in which students discuss and research educational problems of practice and policy. Course content is designed to help students use research, theory, and their own professional expertise to advance organizational change in their own organizations

  • Our courses, offered once a week, are held in the evening during the work week (not on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays).


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

$107,670 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

$97,440 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.


What are the requirements to apply for Educational Leadership at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Educational Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Have a graduate grade point average of 3.00 overall

  • Provide three letters of recommendation

  • Write a one page, single-spaced essay that explains the applicant's qualifications, professional and career goals, and reasons for seeking the Ph.D.

  • Write a one page, single-spaced statement about a contemporary and critical issue facing educational leaders

  • Write a one page, single-spaced statement about an instructional and/or learning issue facing  your organization and the implication for school leaders and/or policy  


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

25% Discount for Virginia Public School Employees

Receive a 25% discount off of per-credit tuition.



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