Advanced Practitioner Preparation Progam

Campuses: Roanoke, Hampton Roads, Southwest Virginia, National Capital Region, Richmond

Instructions: Residential/On Campus

We strive to meet the preparation needs of educational leaders in all regions of the Commonwealth.

Funding through Assistantships
69 hours of research and coursework
100% faculty commitment
Intensive Research Opportunities
Our Educational Leadership program

Ed.D. students complete a minimum of 69 hours of coursework, conduct practically-focused dissertation research, and usually pursue careers in higher-level educational  administration. Currently, the vast majority of our doctoral students pursue the Ed.D.: as such, we advertise our doctoral cohorts as “Ed.D. cohorts” and treat the Ed.D. as the default degree option. Students may attend the doctoral program at one of five Virginia Tech graduate extension centers: the Hampton Roads Center (in Virginia Beach), the Northern Virginia Center (in Falls Church), the Richmond Center, the Roanoke Center, and the Southwest Virginia Center (in Abingdon).

Why Study Educational Leadership Here?

The VT Educational Leadership Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Education. It is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. Since 2015, the program has been a member of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a consortium of higher education institutions committed to the advancement of educational leadership.

Faculty Research Interests

- School Built Facilities And Achievement

- School Design For 21st Century

- Renovations and Student Outcomes



- School law for teachers

- Special education law


- School Desegregation

- School Finance

- Student Rights

Dr. Carol Mullen

- Mentoring in Education and Innovations in Learning 

- Educational Leadership and Administration

- Social Justice Education and Leadership

- Education Policy and Governance

- Qualitative Research and Field Studies 



- Superintendent/Board of Education actions that promote student success

- Principal Leadership and Effectiveness

- Strengthening School-Community Relations

- Instructional Leadership,

- School Finance


- The school to prison pipeline

- Globally aware leadership development


Educational Leadership Research Highlights

Recent Publications

Alexander, M. David and Jennifer A. Sughrue, “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” Editors, Janet Decker, et al. 6 th edition, The Principal and the Law, Education Law Association, Cleveland, OH 2017.

Mullen, C. A. (2017). Creativity in Chinese schools: Perspectival frames of paradox and possibility. International Journal of Chinese Education, 6(1), 27-56.


Mullen, C. A. (2017). What are corporate education networks? Why ask questions? Kappa Delta Pi Record, 53(3), 100-106.

Mullen, C. A. (2016). Alternative mentoring types. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 52(3), 132-136.

Bolles, E. & Patrizio, K. (2016). Leadership tenets of military veterans working as school administrators. Journal of Leadership Education.

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Ed.D.) should contact Dr. Carol Cash, by email at

Visit our office at 226 War Memorial Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall:  August 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: February 1



For Hampton Roads, Richmond, or Other, please contact:

Carol Cash
Program Leader
VT Richmond Center
2810 Parham Road, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 662-7288

For Northern Virginia, please contact:

William Glenn

Associate Professor

7054 Haycock Rd. 
Falls Church, VA 22043

(703) 538-8483

For Abingdon and Roanoke, please contact:

John Gratto

Clinical Assistant Professor

Abingdon and Roanoke Principal Preparation Program

(540) 759-0197(cell)

(540) 231-3323 (office)


For Abingdon, please contact:

Carol A. Mullen


Abingdon Doctoral Program

(540) 231-3846

For Roanoke, please contact:

M. David Alexander


Roanoke Doctoral Program

(540) 231-5642

School of Education

1750 Kraft Drive, Rm 2100
Blacksburg, VA 24061