University of North Texas

College of Education

Counseling & Higher Education

Ed.D. in Higher Education

  • Ed D.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Adult Education
  • College Teaching
  • Community College Leadership
  • Student Learning & Development


Dr. Barrett Taylor
1155 Union Circle #305187
Denton, TX 76209

Program Statement

The EdD program with a major in higher education is designed for individuals interested primarily in the application of theory to practice. It is particularly appropriate for persons who aspire to administrative leadership careers in one or more of the following areas.

  • Senior leadership positions in four-year colleges and universities, such as dean of students, vice president for student affairs, dean of administration, vice president for administration, vice president for development, assistant to the president, dean of continuing education and dean of a college of education.
  • Senior leadership positions in two-year community colleges, junior colleges and vocational/technical institutes, such as department chair, dean of learning resource centers, chief academic affairs officer, vice president for student services, dean of business services, and president.
  • Higher education middle management administrative positions in student affairs, administrative affairs, business affairs and development in all types of institutions of higher education, including such positions as director of housing, director of financial aid, coordinator of student life/student activities, student center director, director of institutional research, director of development, and director of continuing education.
  • Senior administrative and staff positions in higher education coordinating and/or policy agencies in state, regional and federal government.
  • Administrative leadership positions with higher education accrediting agencies, professional associations, consortia and other professional organizations.
Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
5 years

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
Course Schedule: 
  • Day
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: