Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

The Xavier Ed. D. in Educational Leadership program is unique because it focuses on leadership skills that include social justice making sure all systems involved in the organization are included. The program is framed in a conceptual framework that identifies six constructs: spirituality, diversity, professionalism, inquiry, competence, and technology that are weaved within the fabric of the program and are passed on from the experienced professional to those who will lead effective schools in the future. Through a process of reflection, the core concepts are continuously related to one another and to the vision and mission of Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. 

The Xavier Ed. D. in Educational Leadership program is unique since its focus will be on the urban community and be aligned with the mission of Xavier, to promote a more just and humane society. It will blend face-to-face classroom instruction with online courses. It is designed to be action oriented; candidates will be able to put coursework theory into immediate practice. This doctoral program is designed for practitioners. These individuals are advancing in their fields of education and yet understand the need for the terminal degree. They aspire to continue as practitioners while understanding research and its application to their fields. This program follows programs in law, nursing, pharmacy, and medicine such that the candidates study, learn and practice their profession. 


While there are other Ed. D. and Ph. D. programs in Educational Leadership in New Orleans and the surrounding areas, the Xavier program is the only one that focuses on the urban community and school turnaround.

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Admissions Checklist

  • Submission of a completed ONLINE application found at (http://www.xula.edu/graduate-school/edlead.php) accompanied by the application fee by March 1 for Fall admission. This program has only Fall admission and only ONLINE applications will be accepted.

  • Submission of official transcript(s) of all graduate degrees and graduate coursework beyond the graduate degree. Applicants must possess a graduate degree to apply. The graduate degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 or higher grade point average based on a scale in which A=4.0. 

  • Submission of two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to appraise your scholastic aptitude, leadership ability, and personal and professional potential in a doctoral program. Letters must be current and signed using appropriate letterhead. Graduate School recommendation forms are not acceptable.

  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined score of at least 1000 (verbal and quantitative) or 294 on the revised GRE or a Millers Analogies Test (MAT) score of at least 391 or 37 on the previous test. These scores must be no more than 5 years old. 

  • Submission of a letter of intent explaining why you want to enroll in a doctoral program, your research interests, and why you choose Xavier University of Louisiana.

  • Submission of an example of your best scholarly writing. It should be no more than 5 years old, approximately 8-10 pages, not including the cover page and the list of references, and should be double spaced using APA format. 

  • Selected applicants will be invited to an interview. 

  • Accepted applicants will be sent a letter of acceptance with the due date for the required acceptance fee. 

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