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EdD in Educational Studies, Educational Administration

Understanding that effective educational leaders play a critical role in transforming schools, districts, and communities, the EdD in Educational Studies, specializing in Educational Administration, bridges culture and community, explores innovative ideas, and extends the leadership capacity of education professionals in urban, suburban, and rural K-12 settings.

My experience at The Ohio State University was fantastic! I received practical learning opportunities that I have been able to apply directly in the school district in which I serve. I am so very proud to be an alumnus and to represent Buckeyes all over the world!
Melvin Brown, EdD (’20)
Reynoldsburg City Schools


The Ed.D. program is cohort-based and accommodates the needs of working education professionals through clear timelines and a blend of in-person, synchronous, and online course delivery methods. Based on a three-year model, coursework is completed within the first two years and writing of the dissertation in practice occurs during year three.

Our doctoral coursework is designed to enrich the learning of educational professionals and bolster their ability to define and address problems of practice in their own educational settings. Coursework ranges from organizational theory, place-based leadership in K-12 settings, economic viewpoints, social and political contexts, and culturally responsive leadership.

Upon completion of coursework, students will write a dissertation in practice, a scholarly work that "frames and critically inquiries into a significant educational problem of practice" (Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate). Students are guided through this process by an Educational Administration faculty member.

The program is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.

Program Goals

Students will:

  • Develop creative solutions to complex problems
  • Engage in sustained clinical and/or professional experience
  • Consider socio-cultural issues and their impacts on education broadly and articulate and enact appropriate responses to problems of practice
  • Serve as leaders in K-12 school districts, state education agencies, education advocacy groups, and/or policy entities


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1, 2021 – (Admit Even Years Only)
Program Start: 
Summer semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Master's degree, previous K-12 leadership experience
Minimum Program Hours: 
View the Curriculum Sheet


Superintendents in Residence

John Marschhausen, PhD, Dublin City Schools
Talisa Dixon, EdD, Columbus City Schools
Marie Ward, PhD, Fairfield County Educational Service Center


Dustin Miller, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, EdD in Educational Administration