The Doctor of Education Degree in Professional Studies is designed to prepare educators to assume leadership roles in teaching in P-12 and higher education, educational leadership, and counselor education. The EdD degree is geared toward the practitioner; class offerings are scheduled with the needs of the working professional in mind. Candidates can choose to focus in one of four major tracks: Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, and Higher Education. 

The Thad Cochran Center for Rural School Leadership and Research promotes a vibrant learning community committed to the development of exemplary educational leaders.