The Department of Educational Leadership welcomed a distinguished group of 12 scholars as Cohort One in the new EDD in K-12 Educational Leadership in June of 2017. The doctoral students advance together in the program as a cohort and complete the program in three years.
Students in the first cohort are employed full-time in education and include principals, assistant principals, district-level coordinators and directors, and agency leaders. They hold undergraduate and master’s degrees from such institutions as Yale University, Vanderbilt, George Washington University, SMU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Marquette University, Texas Woman’s University, Baylor, and more.
Program director Dr. John Wilson, clinical professor of educational leadership, said the students in the cohort come from the state’s major population centers, as well as from more rural areas. “They also bring a variety of specializations to the table — ranging from science to special education to communications,” he said. “But the group began quickly to function as a team, supportive of each other and excited to build for the future.”