Southeast Missouri State University

Why Should I Study Educational Leadership at Southeast?

Offered in cooperation with the University of Missouri-Columbia

The Educational Administration program at Southeast is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. The Southeast Program has a very experienced faculty with a wealth of experience in leadership positions as well as extensive research in the area of educational leadership.

The Cooperative Ed.D. offers educational leaders or those who aspire to be educational leaders in southeast Missouri to participate in a quality doctoral program from the University of Missouri, with most of the course work being offered on the campus of Southeast Missouri State and being taught by Southeast faculty. This professional degree is an advanced study of educational leadership for a variety of educational leadership positions in public and private education, government, and industry. The goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge and competencies of leaders so they may provide optimal conditions for the education of youth and adult learners.

The Ed.D. is a cohort program with new students admitted into the program on odd numbered years. The program was designed to accommodate the busy schedules of practicing professionals. The regional delivery model has allowed 95% of students who began the program in the first four cohorts complete the coursework component of the program. Graduation rates are higher than those observed for more traditionally delivered doctoral programs. For example, the graduation rate for the first cohort was at 82% at the end of 2005.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must hold at least a Master's degree to be considered for admissions. For more information, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.


Both the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Advising procedures/information

Ed.D. students will have a dissertation advisor at the Southeast campus and will have the opportunity to choose a dissertation committee from faculty teaching in the program.

Courses and Curriculum

For course information, visit the University of Missouri's catalog listings for Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and Educational, School and Counseling Psychology.

First Summer Semester

Course Credit
ED_LPA 9470 Organizational Analysis for Educational Leadership 4 hours
ED_LPA 9471 Educational Leadership Inquiry I 2 hours
ED_LPA 9480 Team Building and Group Dynamics 1 hour

First Fall Semester

Course Credit
ED_LPA 9476 Leadership Theory and Practice 3 hours
ED_LPA 9477 Leadership Theory and Practice Application 1 hour
ED_LPA 9405 Professional Seminar I (online) 2 hours

First Winter Semester

Course Credit
ESC_PS 8610 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research I 3 hours
ED_LPA 9472 Educational Leadership Inquiry II 1 hour

Second Summer Semester

Course Credit
ESC_PS 8630 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I 3 hours
ED_LPA 9478 Policy Analysis for Educational Leadership 4 hours

Second Fall Semester

Course Credit
ED_LPA 9479 Content and Context of Learning 3 hours
ED_LPA 9475 Professional Seminar II (online) 2 hours
ED_LPA 9473 Educational Leadership Inquiry III 1 hour

Second Winter Semester

Course Credit
ESC_PS 8690 Educational Planning and Evaluation 3 hours
ED_LPA 9469 Educational Leadership Inquiry IV 1 hour

Following Course Work: Summative Evaluation (comprehensive electronic portfolio)
ELPA 9090 Dissertation (MU) - 12 Hours

Career Opportunities

Leadership positions if both PreK-12 school districts and Higher Education. The following are positions held by the 75 students of Cohorts 1-3 who reported their positions at the time of graduation. 26 principals and assistant principals;7 superintendents;7 school coordinators/directors for special education, curriculum, technology, and accountability; 4 oth PreK-12 leadership positions including teacher and counselor; 3 registrars/assistant registrars; 4 deans or assistant deans of students or development; 11 assistant/associate professors, lecturers, instructors at higher education institutions; 2 vice-presidents/assistant vice presidents of student affairs; 4 directors/associate directors: University Unions, lab school, academic outreach, career and program support; 2 instructor/coaches at institutions of higher education; 2 coordinators in higher education: school to career and disability services; and 3 other leadership positions: division chair, agricultural specialist and foundation director.


Summer classes will take place in the month of July on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Fall and Winter classes will take place in the Scully Building on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The classrooms at Southeast will be equipped with a technology package and 14 wireless laptop computers for student use.

Related Links

Online Application
Graduate Bulletin
Department Web site at University of Missouri-Columbia
Department of EducationalLeadership and Counseling
School of Graduate Studies
International Students

Contact Us

Ruth Ann Roberts, Coordinator of Cooperative Ed.D. Cohort Program

Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 5550
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Phone: (573) 651-2426
Fax: (573) 986-6812