Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When do new cohorts begin?

New cohorts begin in the fall semester of every year.

Q. Does the Ed.D. program accept transfer credit?

Credits are not transferable.

Q. Is the program “standards-based”?

Yes, the program is aligned to state standards, Illinois Professional School Leader Standards (IPSLS) and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standards (ELCC).

Q. How long does it take to complete the degree?

The degree will take a minimum of four (4) years and a maximum of seven (7) years.

Q. How many credit hours to complete the program?

Core coursework consists of 42 credit hours. Dissertation consists of a minimum of 12 credit hours. The superintendent endorsement requires an additional 6 credit hours.

Q. Is there a policy regarding GPA?

Yes.  Students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better throughout the program.  Students who fall below this standard will be placed on probation.

Students are not allowed to enter candidacy with a grade below B on their record.  Students receiving a grade lower than B must retake the class before proceeding to candidacy.  Students earning two grades below a B (within the same semester) cannot continue to register for classes. Students must retake the classes and earn a grades of B or better before continuing in the program.  Students are allowed to retake a class in which they earned less than a B only once. The retake option is only afforded twice within the doctoral program.