Doctoral Level

Doctoral students may pursue an EdD or PhD in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership with an emphasis in gifted education. The advanced program in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership with an emphasis in Gifted Education is designed for holders of Master's degrees who wish to prepare themselves with the knowledge and skills required to assume leadership roles in gifted education at local, state, and national levels.

EdD in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership - Prepares professionals with the commitment and competence necessary to enhance educational policy and practice in a variety of settings ranging from the individual classroom to administrative offices and government agencies.

PhD in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership - Prepares scholars for service as college and university professors, educational administrators, government or foundation officers, or independent researchers and practitioners

Admission Requirements

Steps for applying, including the application, are available online. If you have questions regarding the admission process, please contact the admission office at 757-221-2317 or [[graded, email]] us.

If you would like to receive a recruitment packet, please complete the appropriate form.

Location: The William & Mary School of Education is located at 301 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 (60 minutes from Richmond, 30 minutes from Newport News, and 60-90 minutes from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and other southeastern Virginia cities and counties).

Doctor of Education degree (EdD)

The goal of this program is to prepare professionals with the commitment and competence necessary to enhance educational policy and practice in a variety of settings ranging from the individual classroom to administrative offices and government agencies.

  • 48 semester hours of study: Core (12 hrs), Gifted Education Concentration (21 hrs), Research (9 hrs), and Dissertation (6 hrs)
  • A maximum of 12 hours from other institutions may count toward the required total for the EdD
  • Seven-year limit to complete degree if holding a Master's degree as a newly admitted student; four-year limit if holding or in process of earning an educational specialist degree (EdS)
  • Residency requirement: EdD students must enroll in six hours of course work for two consecutive semesters (fall, spring, or summer), excluding internships and dissertation credit
Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD)

The goal of this program is to prepare scholars for service as college and university professors, educational administrators, government or foundation officers, or independent researchers and practitioners.

  • 69 semester hours of study: Core (12 hrs), Gifted Education Concentration (21 hrs), Research (15 hrs), Cognate (12 hrs), and Dissertation (9 hrs)
  • A maximum of 12 hours from other institutions may count toward the required total for the PhD
  • Seven-year limit to complete degree if holding a Master's degree as a newly admitted student; four-year limit if holding or in process of earning an educational specialist degree (EdS)
  • Residency requirement: PhD students must enroll in nine hours of course work for two consecutive semesters (fall, spring, or summer), excluding internships and dissertation credit