Educational Administration and Leadership (Ed.D.)

Educational Administration and Leadership (Ed.D.)

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As an established or emerging leader, you'll enjoy a practitioner-focused curriculum with specialized expertise tailored to sharpen your knowledge to effectively lead PK-12 schools or districts. 

You'll enjoy an engaging and interactive learning experience that accommodates working professionals. Students varied professional backgrounds provide enriching and engaging discussions in which you learn with and from your peers. Together you will advance your knowledge and improve practices in your field.

Program Highlights

  • Apply knowledge immediately to the challenges you face as a professional.
  • Provides coursework on weekends, six weekends per semester (primarily Saturday on-campus with most Friday evenings online)
  • Delivers courses through a combination of face-to-face (minimum 50%) and technology-supported learning components for high level interpersonal interaction.
  • A new cohort starts each fall in either St. Cloud or at North Hennepin Community College. The cohort starting Fall 2021 will take all courses in St. Cloud. 
  • Structured to actively connect and engage with your professors and colleagues.
  • Select your own dissertation research topic you are passionate about that contributes to the field and can be applied to real-life educational settings.
  • Earn your degree in three years, with two years of coursework and one year of research.
  • Same affordable tuition no matter where you live.

Program Distinctions

  • St. Cloud State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association
  • Faculty members are accomplished professionals with experience in the field.
  • Students have varied experiences and backgrounds. Students come from across the world and many commute to campus.
  • 56 percent of doctoral students are 40 or older, 61 percent are women and 26 percent are students of color. 

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Jan. 15, March 15 (Rolling through Aug. 15) Jan. 15, March 15 (rolling through June 1) Jan. 15, March 15 (Rolling through Aug. 15)
Spring N/A N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends SCSU at North Hennepin Community College

Graduate Director

Dr. John Eller

Popular Careers

  • PK-12 principal
  • PK-12 superintendent
  • Special education director
  • International administrator
  • Consultant
  • Executive administrative director
  • Community education director
  • Early childhood and family education director
  • Diversity director

University Facts & Stats

  • Doctoral graduate assistants may receive a $15,000 or $9,250 stipend per year and a tuition reimbursement for up to six graduate credits per semester (fall/spring)
  • Top 3 percent of the most affordable universities in the Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” ranking
  • 100 percent of doctoral students were employed in a related field in 2016-17

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