The Rosauer Center for Education Building

Doctor of Educational Leadership

About This Program

Expand your Skills

Our Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) program provides advanced preparation for educational leaders in diverse school settings across the world. Designed to service those currently working in a K-12 setting, this cohort-based program is delivered mostly online, with three face-to-face courses that occur each summer.

You will complete the program in less than two years, prepared with the professional training to:

  • Improve student learning and the professional environment for all stakeholders
  • Utilize informed data to develop an integrated approach to create school structures grounded in achievement and the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students
  • Develop and implement systems that enhance others by building their competence and commitment
  • Navigate and influence state and federal governmental structures that impact the financial well-being of the system and local school initiatives

Develop your Career

Combining face-to-face instruction with online learning, our program:

  • Provides you with the flexibility to continue working in your current position as you earn your doctorate
  • Emphasizes practical application, allowing you to practice your new knowledge while you learn it
  • Delivers excellent preparation for administrative, academic, professional, and research opportunities in education
  • Promotes collaboration and the opportunity to build life-long networks

Extend your Reach

You will be learning with and from a diverse group of people, as our rich learning environment exposes you to the experiences of your classmates and expert faculty.  You will graduate well positioned for a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Administration
  • Educational policy
  • Leading and operating schools
  • Curriculum/Instruction specialist at the district or state level
  • Training and development management
  • Teaching at the undergraduate or graduate school level
  • Education research and/or academic scholarship
  • Nonprofit management

Capstone Project

You will complete a capstone project in your chosen area of interest. Through this project:

  • You will engage in scholarly inquiry to analyze, evaluate, and effectively leverage data
  • You will identify and address a problem of professional practice
  • Your research course instructor, doctoral advisor, and field-based mentor will serve as your committee, and
  • This committee will offer guidance and approval as you design, develop, and implement your capstone project