The Department of Educational Leadership’s Ed.D. program engages students in applied inquiry about a problem inherent in leadership, teaching, or school reform.  Students are encouraged to examine topics that inform equity of educational opportunity. Each student will complete a capstone project that involves framing their problem of practice, engaging in empirical inquiry on the topic, and developing a set of recommendations that will contribute to the field on the issue.

Ed.D. Program Mission Statement:

This program aims to provide professional educational leaders with the essential habits of mind and sophisticated reasoning skills necessary for leading systemic school improvement. A secondary goal is to develop a cadre of leaders who engage their profession in pursuing socially just schools.

Days Until Traditional Ed.D. Pathway Application Deadline
Ends On February 1, 2025
Days Until ELP-Ed.D. Bridge Pathway Application Deadline
Ends On March 1, 2026

Please note: Traditional cohorts begin every other year on the odd year (e.g. 2025, 2027, 2029) and ELP-Ed.D. Bridge cohorts begin every other year on the even year (e.g. 2024, 2026, 2028). The next Traditional program application deadline is Feb. 1, 2025. The next ELP-Ed.D. Bridge Program application deadline is March 1, 2026. 

Program Highlights

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