Called to lead.

Students are lead through visionary planning, strategic utilization of resources, effective management and leadership, and practical application of research. The department consists of four programs: Master of Educational Leadership, Specialist in Educational Leadership, Specialist in Instructional Leadership, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership. The Master and Specialist of Educational Leadership programs are hybrid and lead to an administrator’s license, which is a 486 endorsement. The Specialist in Instructional Leadership and Doctorate in Educational Leadership are 100% online and do not lead to an administrator’s license. In all programs, students move through the coursework in cohorts and take two classes at a time.

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William Carey University School of Education Educational Leadership Department is accepting applications for the Ed.D. Summer 2021 cohort. Applications are due February 1, 2021. Admission requirements include the following:

  • Complete Online Application for the Ed.D. Educational Leadership program
  • Pay application fee
  • Valid teaching license or waiver
  • Hold a specialist degree in a related field
  • GPA 3.25 in specialist degree
  • Submit GRE scores taken within the past five years
  • Submit two reference forms from present or past administrators who have supervised your work
  • Submit a current resume that includes your teaching and leadership experience and community service

Meet the Chair

Dr. Kathy Sellers

Dr. Kathy Sellers serves as Chair of the Educational leadership department, and is an Associate Professor of Education. She began teaching as an adjunct for William Carey University in 2012, and joined as full time faculty in 2018. Prior to her tenure at William Carey, she worked for four years as Director of South Alabama Research and Inservice Center at the University of South Alabama. She has 29 Years of K-12 experience working as a classroom teacher, elementary principal, and district level administration including curriculum, personnel, and federal programs.

She and her husband Davis have four children and two grandchildren. She is an active member of Crossroads Free Pentecostal Church where she plays the keyboard for the praise team and teaches ladies’ Bible study.

Degrees and Certification

  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Master’s, Elementary Education, William Carey University
  • Educational Administration, University of South Alabama 1995
  • Bachelor’s Elementary Education, University of Southern Mississippi 1981
  • 116 Elementary Education (K-3)
  • 117 Elementary Education (4-6)
  • 221 Mild/Moderate Disabilities (K-12)
  • 486 Career Level Administrator (K-12)

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