Doctorate & Special Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies, PH.D. (Our Lady of the Lake University)

The Doctor of Philosophy in leadership studies is an interdisciplinary program designed for those who have advanced to more complex leadership positions. Emphasizing the study of research methodology, ethics, teamwork, communication and strategy, the program will help you develop into an extremely sophisticated leader ready to assume executive level responsibility and strategic visioning roles.
(For additional information see the Our Lady of the Lake Department of Leadership Studies homepage)

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Ed.D. (Sam Houston State University)

The Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership provides the highest professional degree available in the field to students who aspire to leadership positions at either the school or college / university level. Although the degree requirements include a prescribed curriculum of required and elective courses, the doctoral degree is not awarded only on the basis of coursework completion. In addition, each doctoral student is expected to conduct a major research project resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation. The program design requires a concentration in educational leadership, with at least 18 hours in the leadership core, 21 hours in the research component, 24 hours in the specialization area (instructional leadership and/or content field) and 12 hours in the cognitive electives.
(For additional information see the Sam Houston State University Catalog on-line)

Doctor of Philosophy, PH.D. in Counselor Education (Sam Houston State University)

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education at SHSU provides the highest professional degree available in the field to students who aspire to counseling related education positions at colleges/universities or leadership positions in public schools. The program design requires a concentration in counselor education with nineteen hours in the Counseling Core, fifteen hours in the Research component, nine hours in Research Tools, twenty hours in the Specialization Area (Counselor Education or School Counseling) and six hours in a Cognate area. A minimum of 69 semester hours are required for the doctoral program, beyond a 48 hours (minimum) master's degree in counseling with coursework essentially similar to that of community Counseling or School Counseling coursework requirements specified by CACREP.
(For additional information see the Sam Houston State University Catalog on-line)


Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification - PBTC (Sam Houston State University)

Program options are available for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree and would like to pursue certification to teach in elementary or secondary education without returning to complete an additional undergraduate degree.
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School Counselor Certification (University of St. Thomas)

The Counselor Education Program prepares students to qualify as professional school counselors, licensed professional counselors, or both. All of the Counselor Education Program courses probe the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, including those related to ethnicity, race, class, gender, and distinctive populations. In addition, the Counselor Education Program considers pertinent professional, ethical, and legal issues in professional counseling. Research in professional counseling, role-playing, and in vivo experiences are included in the Counselor Education Program.
(For additional iinformation click to see the University of St. Thomas Education Professional Certification webpage)

Educational Leadership Certification (University of St. Thomas)

The program leading to a professional Principalship certificate is designed to provide individuals with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and practical experience for assuming the role of principal and a variety of other administrative positions in the public schools.
(For additional iinformation click to see the University of St. Thomas Education Professional Certification webpage)

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