Department of Educational Studies & Leadership

Program Requirements

To earn a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in education leadership, you must complete a total of 60 credit hours.

  • Doctorate Degree Program (60 Credits)
  • Master's Degree Program (41 Credits)
  • 19 Credit Administrator One Program (19 Credits)

Your coursework also includes an externship, a research study you design that contributes to the body of knowledge in the area of educational leadership. Research may be quantitative or qualitative. It should be applicative to both urban and suburban schools.

The externship is an opportunity to work with educational leaders and organizations, like charter schools, that will support the research in your dissertation. The goal is to apply your ideas in a real-world setting.

Licensure Disclosure

Students living outside of Maryland in SARA-approved states wishing to join programs which lead to professional licensure or certification should contact the appropriate admissions office prior to application to determine whether the BSU program of study and required online courses meet the requirements for licensure or certification in that state or if other additional steps are needed by the student while attaining or after attaining the formal degree.

BSU programs delivered at BSU or online which require state licensure/certification body approval may include: 

  • Educational Leadership 
  • Reading Education

Once admitted, students wishing to enroll in online courses/programs or enroll in a degree program which leads to licensure or certification (those listed above) must also contact the university to discuss any change in location prior to relocation. Please be advised that continued enrollment cannot be guaranteed if a student moves to a state in which BSU is not authorized to offer education programs.