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Doctor of Education Degree (EdD)

The Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership (EdD) program is designed to provide advanced study in district or state leadership, a unique focus among doctoral programs. The program provides a pathway to prepare school practitioners to become practitioner-scholars and to serve in a variety of leadership positions. To accommodate your status as a working professional, the program will use a an online delivery system with ongoing individual support.

Graduates will be prepared to generate and apply research leading to new instructional programs, curriculum improvement, policy changes, and organizational development that supports effective and just school districts.

EdD Program Hallmarks

  • Rigorous high-level academic experience
  • Preparation to serve as school district leaders
  • Application of knowledge to current school problems
  • The culminating doctoral applied research study focuses on examining and addressing a problem of practice at the district level.


Core Courses (9 hours)
EDAM 610 Advanced Seminar in Leadership Theory
EDAM 670 Values and Ethics in Educational Leadership
EDAM 680 Administration of Complex Organizations
Foundation Courses (9 hours)
EDAM 695 History and Philosophy of Education
EDAM 695 Comparative Studies in Global Leadership
EDAM 629 Seminar in Policy Issues in Education
Research Foundation Courses (9 hours)
ELPS 615 Research Design
EDPY 577 Statistics in Applied Fields
HEAM 695 Qualitative Research Design and Methods
Specialization Courses (21 hours)
EDAM 629 Policy Analysis
EDAM 630 Politics of Education
EDAM 631 Educational Change Management
EDAM 632 School District Leadership
EDAM 646 Personnel Administration
EDAM 656 Legal Issues in Education
1 Elective
Doctoral Applied Research (12 hours)
ELPS 601 Doctoral Applied Research

Please Note: Students are admitted to the EdD program in the spring. A cohort begins in the Fall semester.