Ph.D. Program

The Educational Leadership doctoral program requires 90 semester hours (s.h.) beyond a bachelors degree: 12 s.h. of common courses, 9 s.h. of a cognate area in a different department, 29 s.h. of electives, 12 s.h. of a specific area of concentration, 18 s.h. of research courses, and 10 s.h. of dissertation research. The program prepares students for a wide range of leadership positions in education and public sector settings. This degree does not result in any kind of licensure or endorsement.


The purpose of the program is to prepare scholarly professionals for leadership positions in a wide range of educational and public sector settings. The Educational Leadership Ph.D. is designed to provide students with strong backgrounds in three domains: leadership, policy, and research. The program prepares scholarly professionals who discover, integrate, and apply knowledge as transformational leaders.

Educational Leadership Program Alumni in the News

  • Julie Trepa

    Award-winning administrator's path started at UI

    “The College of Education did a phenomenal job of preparing me to be a principal,” Trepa says. “The professors understood the world of administration and challenged us to become educational leaders that championed our students first and foremost.”
  • Dr. Paula Vincent

    Vincent Leads Iowa's Largest AEA

    “My experience at the University of Iowa College of Education was the perfect combination of practical exposure in the field, but also technical education,” says Vincent. “I will be forever appreciative of the professors that worked with me.”