Education, Leadership, and Organization

Earn a PhD in as little as 3 years | 75 credit hours (45 post-master's) | 100% online

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Become a leader prepared for any setting.

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Learn to lead. Earn your PhD in Education, Leadership, and Organization (ELO) to become an effective leader in public or higher education, a nonprofit organization or in business. Understand how to ensure a healthy organization.

We empower you with leadership and organizational skills to apply in any type of school, office, business or system. Follow our pathway to superintendent certification or learn how to fill community needs through leadership with our PhD.

Why earn your PhD in Education, Leadership, and Organization at TWU?

At TWU, we meet you where you are. This PhD program is completely online and offers three distinct tracks. We will also accept up to 37 credit hours transferred from a master’s program and provide unmatched mentorship from faculty.

100% online

We have worked hard to create a program that engages you where you are. With the online format, a full-time principal can earn a PhD. Anyone with a full-time career can pursue their PhD in Education, Leadership & Organization.

Three tracks

There are three PhD tracks purposefully created for students to develop a depth of knowledge and understanding in a specific focal area of leadership.

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  • Track 1 - Superintendency: Become a school superintendent. This track provides a pathway to superintendent certification for those with Texas Principal Certification. It aligns with the Texas Superintendent Standards and Competencies.
  • Track 2 – Higher Education: Students with backgrounds in leadership, diversity, student affairs and current issues and trends in higher education will learn more about education, structure and expectations of a university or college.
  • Track 3 – Interdisciplinary Nonprofit: Centers around leading organizations and ensuring successful and healthy progress toward organizational goals.

Transfer up to 37 credit hours

While the complete PhD requires 75 credit hours, you can transfer up to 37 credit hours from a master’s program. Credit hours must align with the student’s chosen track. In fact, a PhD in Education, Leadership, and Organization is a seamless transition from our following master's programs:  

Earn your master's and PhD at Texas Woman's University. 

Faculty mentorship

Faculty offers writing seminars virtually each semester. Students can share their current work and gain feedback from both faculty and peers. Practice presenting work for a future conference, gain varied perspectives and receive assistance from a faculty member on writing and research in our PhD program.

Career Opportunities

The PhD in Education, Leadership, and Organization is so versatile that it can be utilized in any career. We focus on leadership and organization. Those skills apply to limitless opportunities such as:

  • Superintendent, educational administration, leadership and management
  • Senior administration and leadership positions at two- and four-year colleges
  • Education-related nonprofit organizations
  • Leadership positions in higher education policy-related organizations
  • Public, private and preparatory school leadership
  • Leadership roles in public agencies, non-governmental organizations and policymaking related to education
Magda Hernandez Quote

TWU guided me on the right path. Professors are focused and experienced with a high level of expertise. I developed into the leader I am today because of opportunities I had at TWU.

Magda Hernandez, Irving ISD Superintendent

Courses and Curriculum at TWU

The PhD in ELO core courses focus on leadership and organizational health so that students learn leadership skills, styles and attributes. Learn how to build a successful and healthy culture and organization. While core courses provide a leadership foundation, develop a depth of knowledge in your specific focus of leadership as you pursue your chosen track.

ELO Doctoral Degree Plan

Admission to the Ph.D. in Education, Leadership, and Organization

Program Contact

Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Ph.D.

Preferred Application Deadlines

Summer & Fall – February 1
Spring – August 1

Note: When positions remain available, the program will accept applications after the preferred date.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of study
  • Resume/CV (Uploaded to the graduate application)
  • 3 letters of recommendation addressing applicant's academic capabilities and suitability for the degree program (Name, email, and phone number of recommenders entered into graduate application)
  • Statement of Intent (Uploaded to the graduate application)
  • Interview with program faculty
  • For application to Track 1: Superintendency only: Valid teaching certificate and Teaching Service Record submitted to the program director via email at the address above.

For additional information about the program, please see the Department of Teacher Education. For additional information about obtaining educator certification for candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree, please contact TWU’s Office of Educator Preparation Services and visit the Master of Arts in Teaching and Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teaching Certification websites.

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants


Laura Trujillo-Jenks, PhD          Jerry Ausburn, EdD
ELO Program Co-Coordinator ELO Program Co-Coordinator 
940-898-2154 940-898-2447
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Educación, Liderazgo y Organizaciones

Completa un doctorado (PhD) en solo 3 años  |  75 créditos (45-post maestría)  |  100% en línea

Conviértete en un líder para cualquier entorno.

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¡Aprende a liderar! Obtén tu PhD en educación, liderazgo y oraganizaciones (ELO) y conviértete en un líder dentro de la educación pública, la educación superior, las organizaciones sin fines de lucro o en la industria. Comprenda cómo garantizar una organización saludable.

Te empoderaremos con las habilidades organizacionales y de liderazgo necesarias para que las apliques en cualquier tipo de entorno profesional, incluyendo escuelas, oficinas, negocios o sistemas. Continúa el trayecto hacia la certificación de superintendencia o aprende cómo satisfacer las necesidades de la comunidad a través de liderazgo con nuestro PhD.

¿Por qué obtener su doctorado en educación, liderazgo y organizaciones en TWU?

En TWU, nos encontramos contigo donde te encuentres. Este PhD es completamente en línea y ofrece tres senderos a escoger. También acepta hasta 37 créditos transferidos desde un programa de maestría. Sin olvidarnos que brinda mentoría inigualable por parte del profesorado.

100% en línea

Hemos trabajado duro para crear un programa 100% en línea en el que te involucres sin importar el lugar donde estés. Con nuestro formato en línea, un principal de escuela que trabaja a tiempo completo puede obtener un doctorado. Cualquiera con un trabajo a tiempo completo puede realizar su PhD en Educación, Liderazgo y Organizaciones.

Tres especialidades

El PhD cuenta con tres especialidades. Estas fueron creados con el propósito de que nuestros estudiantes desarrollen su conocimiento y comprensión en una área específica de liderazgo.

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  • Primera especialidad-Superintendencia: ¡Conviértete en un superintendente escolar!  Esta especialidad proporciona un camino hacia la certificación de superintendente para aquellos con Certificación de Principal de Texas. Está alineada con los Estándares y Competencias de la Superintendencia de Texas.
  • Segunda especialidad- Educación Superior: Los estudiantes con formación en liderazgo, diversidad, asuntos estudiantiles y otros temas actuales en la educación superior aprenderán más sobre la educación, la estructura y las expectativas de una universidad o colegio universitario.
  • Tercera especialidad- Organizaciones sin fines de lucro interdisciplinarias: Se centra en liderar organizaciones y garantizar un progreso exitoso y saludable hacia las metas organizacionales.

Transfiere hasta 37 créditos

Si bien el PhD completo requiere 75 créditos, el estudiante puede transferir hasta 37 créditos de un programa de maestría. Los créditos deben estar alineados con la especialidad escogida. De hecho, el PhD en Educación, Liderazgo y Organizaciones es una transición perfecta de nuestros siguientes programas de maestría: 

¡Obtenga su maestría y PhD en Texas Woman's University! 

Mentoría del profesorado

La facultad ofrece seminarios de escritura prácticamente cada semestre. Los estudiantes pueden compartir su trabajo actual y obtener comentarios tanto del profesorado como de sus compañeros. Practique la presentación de trabajos para una futura conferencia, obtenga perspectivas variadas y reciba ayuda de un miembro de la facultad sobre escritura e investigación en nuestro PhD.

Oportunidades profesionales

El PhD en Educación, Liderazgo y Organizaciones es tan versátil que puede utilizarse en cualquier carrera. Nos enfocamos en el liderazgo y la organización. Esas habilidades se aplican a oportunidades ilimitadas como:

  • Superintendente, administración, liderazgo y gerencia educativa
  • Puestos administrativos y de liderazgo en instituciones universitarias de dos y cuatro años
  • Organizaciones sin fines de lucro relacionadas con la educación
  • Puestos de liderazgo en organizaciones relacionadas con políticas de educación superior
  • Liderazgo de escuelas públicas, privadas y preparatorias
  • Posiciones de liderazgo en agencias públicas, organizaciones no gubernamentales y formulación de políticas relacionadas con la educación
Magda Hernandez Quote

TWU me guió por el camino correcto. Los profesores están enfocados y tienen experiencia con un alto nivel de peritaje. Me convertí en la líder que soy hoy debido a las oportunidades que tuve en TWU.

Magda Hernandez, Superintendente del Distrito Independiente de Irving

Cursos y currículo en TWU

Los cursos básicos del PhD en Educación, Liderazgo y Organizaciones se enfocan en el liderazgo y la salud organizacional para que los estudiantes aprendan habilidades, estilos y atributos de liderazgo. Aprende a construir una cultura organizacional exitosas y saludable. Si bien los cursos básicos proporcionan una base de liderazgo, podrás desarrollar un conocimiento más profundo a través de tu área de especialidad.

Plan de estudios


Laura Trujillo-Jenks, PhD          Jerry Ausburn, EdD
Co-coordinador del programa Co-coordinador del programa 
940-898-2154 940-898-2447
SH 214 SH 114

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