Educational Administration and Leadership (Ed.D.)

Educational Administration and Leadership (Ed.D.)

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As a doctoral student in Educational Administration and Leadership, you'll prepare for advanced leadership roles in K-12 schools, school districts and state agencies around the world. 

You'll earn knowledge and specialized skills you can apply immediately as a professional. And, you'll grow as a leader.

Program Highlights

  • Delivers the program at the St. Cloud campus or St. Cloud State at Plymouth – location varies each cohort: Fall 2018 cohort will take all courses in Plymouth.  Fall 2019 cohort will take all courses in St. Cloud.
  • Coursework is tailored for working professionals in a weekend format (Friday evening and Saturday) six weekends per semester.
  • Allows you to earn your degree in three years, with two years of coursework and one year of research.
  • Extends your knowledge through interactions with diverse cohort members who are from across the world with a variety of educational backgrounds and professional experiences.
  • Develops the competencies you need to thrive in leadership roles in preK-12 school systems and prepares you for success in a global multicultural world.
  • Allows you to select a dissertation research topic you are passionate about that contributes to the field and can be applied to real-life educational settings.
  • 59 percent of doctoral students are 40 or older, 60 percent are women and 18 percent are students of color. 

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.

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall January 15, March 15, June 1 (Rolling) January 15, March 15, June 1 (Rolling) January 15, March 15, June 1 (Rolling)
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

Graduate Director

Dr. John Eller

Popular Careers

  • K-12 principal
  • K-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 receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and a tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester
  • Top 3% of the most affordable universities in the Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” ranking

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