Ed.D./Doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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The Ed.D./Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies prepares leaders who are capable of working in a wide range of settings.  These include public and private schools, research and evaluation institutions, and educational advocacy organizations.  Our diverse faculty and student body represent agencies such as P-12 public schools, private and independent schools, government, and higher education.  The variety of perspectives faculty and students bring strengthens our ability to understand and address complex educational issues. 

The mission of the Ed.D. Program is:

The Ed.D./Doctoral Program is designed as a part-time program to meet the needs of working professionals.  The program generally takes four to five years to complete.    

The Ed.D. Program is practice-oriented. Thus, coursework and dissertations are very applied in nature. The curriculum includes foundational coursework and opportunities for field-based activities and immersion projects in schools or other agencies. 

We aim to prepare leaders who can solve real problems facing education systems today and who, through their research or applied work, further academic knowledge toward this end. 

If you are interested in the program, please come to one of our open information sessions. Click here for upcoming sessions.

Program Requirements

The Ed.D./Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies consists of 63-credits of core and advanced topics courses.  Seven of these courses are electives. As students near the end of their coursework, they sit for a comprehensive exam and defend their dissertation proposal.  The doctoral program culminates in the defense of a dissertation. 

There are four content strands in the doctoral program: leadership, organizational development, policy, and research methods.

The General Ed.D./Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies:

These are the core courses that doctoral students will take.  Seven additional elective courses are required to complete the coursework component.

Leadership Strand Core Courses:

Organizational Development Strand Core Courses: 

Policy Strand Core Courses:  

Research Methods Strand Core Courses:

Dissertation Preparation Courses:

Click on the Student Handbook  and the Doctoral Handbook for full details about the Ed.D./Doctoral Program requirements, sequence, policies, and procedures.