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 comprehensive, practitioner-focused program that will sharpen your skills to effectively lead PK-12 schools and districts. Plus, you further refine your skills in the areas that most interest you. And, you'll grow as a leader.

You'll enjoy engaging and interactive learning experiences that accommodate 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
  • Take 2 courses a semester, 3 weekends per course
  • Meet online synchronously (Friday evening) and in-person on Saturday
  • Summer courses may be offered in a 1-week accelerated format
  • Take courses in St. Cloud or Brooklyn Park
    • The Fall 2021 cohort will utilize St. Cloud location
  • Structured to actively connect and engage with your professors and colleagues
  • Select your own dissertation research topic you are passionate about
  • Earn your degree in three years, with two years of coursework and one year of research
  • Apply up to 27 credits (max. 12 M.S. and/or 27 Post-M.S./Doctorate) toward doctoral elective courses
  • No GRE application requirement

Program Distinctions

  • Program offers on- or off-campus graduate assistantships
  • St. Cloud State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association
  • Faculty are accomplished professionals from the field
  • Students have varied experiences and backgrounds. Students come from across the world
  • 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. 1
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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