Educational Administration and Leadership (Ed.D.)


The applied doctorate 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 areas.

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.

This is a terminal degree program which will interface with administrative licensure programs offered at the Post Masters graduate level.  The program increases skills and builds rewarding career opportunities for the professional practice of educational administration throughout the world.  Graduates are prepared to design and conduct doctoral level research focused on practical and applied problem-solving.

Program Highlights

  • Apply knowledge immediately to the challenges you face as a professional
  • Convenient hybrid (mix online and on-campus) and accelerated courses
  • Take 2 courses a semester, 3 weekends per course
  • Classes typically meet online synchronously (Friday evening) and on-campus on Saturday
  • Summer courses may be offered in a 1-week accelerated format
  • Structured to actively connect and engage with your professors and colleagues
  • Select your own dissertation research topic
  • Ability to 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./Specialist/Doctorate) toward doctoral elective courses
  • No GRE application requirement

Program Distinctions

Graduate Director

Dr. John Eller

Student Organizations

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

Application Deadlines

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Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
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Spring N/A N/A N/A
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University Facts & Stats

  • Doctoral graduate assistants may receive a $9,250 stipend per year and a tuition reimbursement.
  • 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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