Educational Administration and Leadership - St. Cloud State UniversityEducational Administration and Leadership - St. Cloud State UniversityEducational Administration and Leadership - St. Cloud State University

Doctor of Education Overview

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Doctoral Program Mission

The mission of the doctor of education degree in Educational Administration and Leadership is to advance the skills, knowledge, and dispositions of school practitioners to promote high quality administration of PK-12 schools and school districts benefitting students, communities, and the global society. This mission is grounded in the St. Cloud State University mission of “commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and service fostering scholarship and enhancing collaborative relationships in a global community."

Doctoral Program Description

The doctor of education in Educational Administration and Leadership is designed for experienced school leaders to provide a practical, rigorous and meaningful advanced program of study to enhance skills, knowledge, and dispositions to successfully meet the demands associated with the leadership of schools and school systems operating in dynamic political, social, cultural, and economic arenas.  This is a terminal degree program which will interface with administrative licensure programs offered at the graduate level at accredited colleges and universities. The program increases your skills and builds rewarding career opportunities for professional practice of educational administration throughout the world. Graduates are prepared as innovative leaders for dynamic political, social, and economic arenas.

Cohort Location

A new cohort is planned to begin:

Fall 2015
St. Cloud

Fall 2016
Twin Cities Graduate Center
in Maple Grove

Fall 2017
St. Cloud

*Location is subject to change

Doctoral Program Highlights

  • Convenient Weekend Courses: A weekend model (Friday evening and all day Saturday) of course delivery makes it a great choice for working professionals to balance learning with career and family lives. Students usually take two courses per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and concentrate on one course at a time. Each course typically meets three weekends. Summer courses may be in a three weekend format or a one week time block.
  • Location: A new cohort starts each fall semester on the St. Cloud campus or at the Twin Cities Metro location. The location varies each year. International students may attend the program in either location. 
  • Program Length: Our doctoral program is designed so coursework can be completed in two (2) years. The dissertation proposal, research, and final defense vary depending on the student’s research timeline with a minimum of one (1) additional year.
  • Cohort Approach and Professional Network: A cohort approach is offered with approximately 15 students progressing together through the practitioner-focused curriculum. Students build a camaraderie which fosters a learning community and valuable professional network after graduation.
  • Esteemed Faculty: Professors have strong academic credentials and are accomplished professionals from the field. Classes are taught by faculty members.
  • Hands-On Training: Course learning typically takes place in the classroom allowing students to exchange ideas and build relationships with faculty members and classmates. Some online assignments and hybrid courses may be offered. In addition, some field excursions may be included to provide firsthand observation to discover schools and school districts for academic, social, and cultural enrichment.
  • Gain Real-World Knowledge: The program infuses internationalization and globalization into the curriculum.
  • Engaging Research: Students select their own dissertation research topic that they are passionate about that is appropriate for their field. Students select their advisor and committee members that best fit their research.
  • Career Opportunities: The doctoral program builds upon the sixth-year licensure by increasing your skills and building rewarding career opportunities for professional practice of educational administration throughout the world. Graduates are prepared as school practitioners through a mix of real-life experiences and theory to successfully meet the challenges of school administration and leadership.
  • Elite and Affordable: SCSU is an accredited institution with a history of excellence since 1869. SCSU is ranked in the top 4% Most Affordable among Forbes' America's Top Colleges sorted by annual cost.

Doctoral Student Quick Facts


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Ethnicity of Students

  • Average doctoral class size: 15 studentsCohort 5
  • Our doctoral students possess varied experiences and backgrounds which enrich the classroom.
  • Doctoral students come from all around the world with many of them commuting to campus.
  • A majority of doctoral students work full-time or part-time and have a career before pursing their doctorate.
  • Doctoral students are engaged in research under the advice or in collaboration with faculty members.
  • Students and faculty members may co-author and present together at a variety of regional, national, and international conferences.
  • Doctoral students may participate on committees and professional organizations on and off campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree?
Both the EdD and PhD doctoral degrees are equal in rigor but are only slightly different in substance. The PhD is research oriented typically for careers as research scholars whereas the EdD is practitioner oriented where theory and research is applied by professionals who work in the field. More details about the differences can be found at: Differences between EdD and PhD.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions can be found through Graduate Admissions.

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