School of Education

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

School of Education

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Become a Leader in Education

Our doctoral program in educational leadership is designed for practitioners and scholars working in a variety of educational and education-related organizations, who wish to expand their understanding of and expertise in leadership. We believe that individuals seeking and obtaining this degree will be leaders, broadly defined, in institutions of learning.

Candidates in the Doctor of Education program learn advanced research and practice skills for leading education and related institutions of the 21st century. They refine their understanding of effective leadership in organizations that value educational diversity, inclusiveness, globalism, social responsiveness, and evidence-based practices. They become knowledgeable about recent professional and research trends across multiple levels and fields of education; learn how to be responsive to their organization’s vision and needs; and have the capacity to initiate and implement research-based policies and best practice programs to benefit students, schools, communities, programs, and educational organizations.

What to Expect

Our Doctor of Education degree is earned by engaging in intensive study of research design and content knowledge, culminating in the development, implementation, and completion of an approved doctoral dissertation. The program is designed to support scholar practitioners in developing increased professional expertise in educational leadership, and the skills necessary to initiate and implement sound educational policy and research-based programming through program, supervisory, curricular, and/or administrative roles, among others. 

Program Philosophy

The guiding philosophy of the program integrates several key components into the expectations, coursework and mentorship opportunities in the program. These include:

  • Structured and strategic inquiry
  • Research-based practice
  • Systemic critique and reform
  • Intellectual leadership
  • Social justice and ethical practice
  • Embracing community inclusion and diversity
  • Ongoing scholar-professional development and lifelong learning

These components are essential to the development of leader and scholar dispositions, such as:

  • Ethical professionalism
  • Initiative
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Critical thinking
  • Finding solutions
  • Effective collaboration
  • Self-reflection
  • Commitment to diversity

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