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Educational Leadership (EdD)

Students are admitted in cohort groups each summer. These groups serve as a support network as students advance through the EdD program. [Photo by Jake Koteen]

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD) program reflects the latest thinking and research on leadership, organizations, and institutional change, particularly in higher education. It offers advanced training to mid-career adults leaders interested in shaping their postsecondary education work environments into dynamic learning opportunities.

Students who successfully complete this program are awarded a Doctor of Education (EdD) with a specialization in educational leadership. 

Dedicated to “excellence through relevance,” we offer a rich teaching and learning environment shaped by our own research studies, which are connected to and informed by our community partners.

Special features of the program

  • We deliberately seek to maintain a diverse student body, drawn from universities, colleges, schools, health-related professions, government, and human service organizations. These individuals are typically fully employed, bringing with them significant work experience and dedication to improving their respective constituencies.
  • Students are admitted in cohort groups each summer. The groups serve as a support network as students advance through the program. To the extent possible, courses are scheduled to enable students to complete the program together with colleagues.
  • The diversity of each cohort lends itself to vibrant student-faculty interactions in and out of the classroom. This, in turn, leads to a sense of shared commitment to acquiring knowledge, developing and practicing leadership skills, and conducting research in the context of “a private University with a public purpose.”
  • Active enrollment in summer courses allows students to move through courses rapidly and replaces the residency requirement in more traditional doctoral programs.

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