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Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership

This program is designed for accomplished professionals who seek additional knowledge and experience to enhance their current positions, and who wish to pursue new opportunities in the field of educational leadership. Students prepare for positions in early childhood programs; K–12 schools and school districts; community colleges and institutions of higher education; and nonprofit educational organizations; as well as positions in evaluation, advocacy, and consulting. The EdD program is designed for working professionals and courses take place in the evening.

Students enrolled in the EdD program may concurrently pursue an administrative services credential.

Distinctive Features

  • Designed for working professionals: The program is designed for accomplished professionals who seek to advance their careers to an executive level. Courses are taught in the evening by instructors who are also working professionals and provide opportunities for students to draw on their working experiences.


  • Closely mentored: When students pick a dissertation topic, they select a dissertation chair who works closely with them on the design, implementation, and analysis of their data.


  • Sequential course structure: Studies begin with a five-course sequence known as the doctoral core. This year-long sequence challenges students to develop the components of their dissertation proposal, including their problem statement, literature review, methods section, and conceptual framework. By the end of this sequence, students have a solid rough draft of their dissertation proposal.

Course Work

The course work is designed to prepare students to write a dissertation that is closely aligned with their interests. Students often select problems that arise from their work in the field. In addition to the doctoral core, all students take courses with a self-selected leadership focus. See the Requirements page for a list of courses required for this program; see the Course List & Descriptions page for paragraph-length descriptions of individual courses.

Career Opportunities

Created for accomplished working professionals, the EdD program prepares students to become successful leaders of organizations ranging from early childhood programs to nonprofit educational endeavors to institutions of higher education. Past graduates include a community college president; professors at state universities; public school principals; heads of independent schools; educational researchers; and executives at nonprofit organizations.


Last Updated: 8/16/17