Interdisciplinary Ed.D. for Educational Leaders

Our Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) and Certification Program prepares transformational leaders across K-12, higher education, social sector, and healthcare fields who are committed to equity-oriented change. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program is a 60-credit program that follows a hybrid, cohort model with one night a week of on-campus courses and the remaining instructional hours taking pace in asynchronous online learning. Within the cohort model (new cohorts begin each Fall), students complete three years of coursework, followed by a year of dissertation advisement.

The curriculum for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership includes two key strands: (a) content courses that cover theories, subject-matter knowledge, and professional skills needed to lead in educational settings, and (b) research courses that cover concepts and skills for designing, conducting, analyzing and presenting a scholarly study and dissertation.  The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program offers four concentrations and four certification options:


  • K-12 Education 
  • Higher Education
  • Social Sectors (e.g., leadership in organizations, government, non-profits, healthcare, and criminal justice)
  • Healthcare Education (refer to the Ed.D. in Healthcare Education page)

Goal 1Our graduates will develop strong qualitative and quantitative research skills in order to be critical consumers and producers of knowledge.

Objective 1.1: Students will acquire qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research skills as a tool for collecting and using data for leading change and making decisions in their fields

Objective 1.2: Students will develop the capacity to design and implement their dissertation research according to the scholarly and technical requirements of the field.

Goal 2Our graduates will develop a strong foundation in their field’s theoretical and empirical literature, as well as the capacity to apply theory to practice-based problems.

Objective 2.1: Students will develop a strong foundation in their field’s theoretical and empirical literature.

Objective 2.2: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply a theoretical framework or empirical study to a problem of practice, as well as the capacity to reflect on the efficacy of their decision-making.

Goal 3Our graduates will develop a strong foundation in leadership focused on inclusive cultures, social justice, and equity-minded change.

Objective 3.1: Students will develop the capacity to participate in and lead inclusive cultures in their field. 

Objective 3.2: Students will develop critical analysis skills and practices around the role of social justice in equity-minded change.

Goal 4Our graduates will develop mastery of specific skills that they can apply to their professional fields.

Objective 4.1: Students will develop an understanding of the impact of historical, political, and contextual perspectives on their professional practices.

Objective 4.2: Students will develop the capacity to apply effective leadership practices in their field, including mission, strategic planning, finance/operations, learning design, and communications.

EDL 800Prof Sem: Doctoral Studies3
EDL 805Quantitative Research I3
EDL 820Interdisciplinary Ldsh Theory3
EDL 830Critical Ldsh: Social Justice3
EDL 835Qualitative Research I3
EDL 840Mixed Methods Research3
EDL 845Historical, Political, & Legal Contexts of Leadership: K-123
EDL 850Learning Design&Env: K-123
or EDL 851 Learning Design&Env: HE
EDL 855Scholar-Practitioner Sem: K-123
or EDL 856 Scholar-Practi Sem:Higher Ed
EDL 860Strat Plan,Eval,Fiscal Resour3
EDL 865Comm & Research Dissemination3
EDL 870Proposal Writing: K-123
or EDL 871 Proposal Writing: Higher Educa
EDL 875Organizational Theory&Change3
or EDL 846 Hist/Pol/LegalContxt Ldsh: HE
EDL 880Community Engaged Leadership3
EDL 885Global Perspectives on Ldsh3
EDL 893Dissertation Study I6
EDL 894Dissertation Study II6
EDL 890Adv Resrch Method: Quant/Mixed3
or EDL 891 Adv Resrch Method: Qualitative
EDL 899Dissertation Study III0
Total Hours60
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
EDL 800 Prof Sem: Doctoral Studies 3
EDL 830 Critical Ldsh: Social Justice 3
EDL 805 Quantitative Research I 3
EDL 820 Interdisciplinary Ldsh Theory 3
EDL 845 Historical, Political, & Legal Contexts of Leadership: K-12 3
EDL 875
Organizational Theory&Change
or Hist/Pol/LegalContxt Ldsh: HE
Second Year
EDL 835 Qualitative Research I 3
EDL 850
Learning Design&Env: K-12
or Learning Design&Env: HE
EDL 840 Mixed Methods Research 3
EDL 860 Strat Plan,Eval,Fiscal Resour 3
EDL 880 Community Engaged Leadership 3
EDL 885 Global Perspectives on Ldsh 3
Third Year
EDL 870
Proposal Writing: K-12
or Proposal Writing: Higher Educa
EDL 855
Scholar-Practitioner Sem: K-12
or Scholar-Practi Sem:Higher Ed
EDL 890
Adv Resrch Method: Quant/Mixed
or Adv Resrch Method: Qualitative
EDL 865 Comm & Research Dissemination 3
Fourth Year
EDL 893 Dissertation Study I 6
EDL 894 Dissertation Study II 6
Fifth Year
EDL 899 Dissertation Study III (Only Required if Dissertation is Incomplete ) 0
 Total Hours60