Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Doctor of Education in Professional Studies

The Doctor of Education Degree in Professional Studies (EDD) is designed to prepare educators to assume leadership roles in teaching in P-12 and higher education, educational leadership, and counselor education. Candidates choose to focus in one of three major tracks: Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, or Higher Education.

Training professionals to excel in teaching, service, leadership roles, and responsibility.

Doctor of Education in Professional Studies - Brochure

There are three tracks to choose from, each with a specialized program of study. Click below to view courses for each track.

Admission Requirements

1. Complete an application to the DSU Graduate School at https://www.deltastate.edu/graduate-and-continuing-studies/ which includes all transcripts, immunization records, and application fees.
2. Submit scores of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to the Graduate Office in 239 Wyatt and to the Doctoral Coordinator in 384 Ewing Hall. Scores must less than 5 years old and include the verbal, written, and quantitative subsets. See accompanying information for complete details on how scores influence admission.
3. Submit a portfolio of your work; for details, visit DSU Ed.D. Portfolio Requirements

Additional Notes
-New students may enroll for up to six (6) credit hours during the semester of application; after the initial semester of enrollment, students must be fully admitted to continue coursework.
-You will need to access your student information at this site: https://www.deltastate.edu/mydsu/
-You may locate the DSU Graduate Catalog at the following site: https://www.deltastate.edu/academic-affairs/catalog/

Note: Prior to applying for the Doctor of Education Program, a student must meet and attach to the application evidence of the following criteria:
1. Hold a Master’s or Ed. S. degree from a college or university accredited by the regional accrediting agency and/or the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and/or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
2. Hold a minimum of two years of successful teaching experience or its equivalent.

Refer to the doctoral handbook for an explanation of the criteria, weight assignments given to each criterion, procedures for scoring, and other admission procedures. The student is responsible at all times for reading and adhering to the contents of all DSU policies, procedures, materials, and due dates included in the DSU graduate catalog, the DSU Dissertation Manual, and correspondence with DSU faculty and staff.

Candidates applying to the program will need the following evidence/documents:

  • Master’s or an Educational Specialist degree from an accredited college/university
  • Minimum of two years experience in teaching or an equivalent area
  • Graduate transcripts
  • Scores from the GRE Verbal and Quantitative
  • GRE writing scores
  • Doctoral Portfolio

For specific requirements, please contact the coordinator.

Admission Fulfillment Standards

  • Points earned in the verbal and quantitative sections will be added to give a GRE rating
  • GPA on all graduate work must be submitted
  • A weighted point system will be given to each of the criteria above. Once a students has a sufficient score, instructions on the portfolio and structured interview process will be provided

Admission to the Doctoral Program

Admission Portfolio

As a requirement for admission to the doctoral program, a student must develop and submit a copy of a portfolio to the Doctoral Program Coordinator no later than September 1st for spring admission or February 1st for summer or fall admission. The following information will serve as a guide for students in meeting this requirement.

Portfolio Instructions

Submit Portfolio

      • Submit all portfolio materials electronically in one continuous document to Dr. Corlis Snow at csnow@deltastate.edu.
      • All work should be neatly and accurately typed, double-spaced using at least a 12-point font.
      • Each section should contain a heading as well as a description of materials included in the section.
      • The portfolio will remain confidential and will become a part of the doctoral student’s file.

Portfolio Deadlines

Spring admission – September 1
Summer admission – February 1
Fall admission – February 1

Delta State University awards 15 hours of graduate credit to fully admitted doctoral students in leadership who have NISL certification. For higher education majors, Delta State University awards 9 hours of graduate credit to fully admitted students with MCCLA certification. Contact the doctoral program coordinator for more information.

Dissertation Submission Dates for Graduation

DSU doctoral candidates may graduate during the fall, spring, and summer semesters while formal graduation/hooding ceremonies are held in December and May of each year. Candidates are responsible for submitting completed drafts of chapters 1-5 along with accompanying appendices and front/back matter in a timely manner each semester to the individuals denoted in the Dissertation Manual. For eligibility to graduate, candidates must adhere to the following submission dates during the semester they hope to finish.

Fall semester
Submission 1 – During the first full week in September
Submission 2 – During the first full week in October
Dissertation defense – During the month of October
Final Submission – During the first full week in November

Spring semester
Submission 1 – During the first full week in February
Submission 2 – During the first full week in March
Dissertation defense – During the month of March
Final Submission – During the first full week in April

Summer semester
Submission 1 – Before the first full week in June
Submission 2 – During the last full week in June
Dissertation defense – During the month of July
Final Submission – During the last full week in July

Graduation Application Deadlines
Deadline Late Application Deadline Graduation Date
Spring 2021 November 1, 2020 March 1, 2021 April 30, 2021
Summer 2021 April 1, 2021 June 1, 2021 July 29, 2021*
Fall 2021 July 1, 2021 October 1, 2021 December 10, 2021
Spring 2022 November 1, 2021 March 1, 2022 May 6, 2022
Summer 2022 April 1, 2022 June 1, 2022 July 29, 2022*
Fall 2022 July 1, 2022 TBD TBD

*No commencement ceremony

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Campus Resources

Contact Us

Dr. Corlis Snow
Doctoral Program Coordinator
P: 205-655-4878

Dr. Jacqueline Craven
Associate Professor

Dr. Merideth Van Namen
Chair, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership & Research