Teacher Leadership Doctorate

Program Overview

Are you looking to pursue a doctoral program that can assist you in analyzing the leadership challenges facing schools and educational settings today? Join us for a close and personal online EdD/PhD program at Concordia University Chicago. With approximately 3 years of online course work, plus the successful completion of comprehensive exams and doctoral dissertation, you can earn a doctoral degree that broadens your potential to advance your career. The doctoral program in teacher leadership is designed for graduate students who would like to continue their careers as facilitators, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, coordinators of district initiatives, trainers, and building- and district-level teacher leaders in various educational settings. The teacher leadership doctoral program focuses on the fostering instructional improvement for increased student achievement, promoting teacher and staff development and growth, organizational change and school cultures, and outreach to families and communities. This doctoral program encourages students to draw upon and build on knowledge and experiences related to their professional work, while also requiring students to develop strong research skills and a familiarity with data, school and instructional improvement, adult growth and development, and evidence-based decision-making. While grounded in topics related to teacher leadership, this program also provides opportunities to explore teacher and instructional leadership in various education settings: preK-12 education, non-profit organizations, corporations, and agencies.

Program Objectives

The doctorate in teacher leadership is designed to enable students to:

  • Understand the complexities of educational settings in relation to adult learning and development, culture and organizational change, student achievement, assessment and data-driven decision making, and community outreach and collaboration
  • Apply and analyze learning solutions that support and drive schools and educational settings for improved student achievement and success
  • Strategically support the various stakeholders with informed and judicious decisions
  • Identify and integrate leadership orientations that align with school improvement practices
  • Exercise professional ethical behavior that supports the institutional mission and allocation of resources to support and achieve institutional objectives

Required Professional Experience for Admission:

Candidates who enroll and complete the doctor of education degree in teacher leadership must have a minimum of two years of full-time teaching or training experience, or similar work experience in a leadership role.

Areas of Study:

Ed.D. Course Track

Course Title
EDL 7110 Strategies of Ed. Leadership
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
EDL 7120 Research Based Decision-Making
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
FPR 7011 Philosophy and Theory Foundations of Leadership
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
EDL 7300 Ethics for Ed. Leaders
EDL 6715 Providing Instructional Support
EDL 7240 Supervisory Theory and Practice
EDL 7260 School/District Imp. Using Data Analysis
EDL 6775 Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communitites
EDU 7500 Instructional Coaching for Effective Teaching
EDU 7100 Curriculum Theory and Design
EDL 6988 Illinois Teacher Leader Practicum
EDL 7310 Organization and Community Partnerships
RES 7700 Qualitative Research
RES 7900 Research Design
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee-based)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000 Dissertation Supervision (fee-based)

Ph.D. Course Track

Course Title
EDL 7110 Strategies of Ed. Leadership
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
EDL 7120 Research Based Decision-Making
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
FPR 7300 Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
EDL 7300 Ethics for Ed. Leaders
EDL 6715 Providing Instructional Support
EDL 7240 Supervisory Theory and Practice
EDL 7260 School/District Imp. Using Data Analysis
EDL 6775 Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communitites
EDU 7100 Curriculum Theory and Design
EDU 7500 Instructional Coaching for Effective Teaching
EDL 6988 Illinois Teacher Leader Practicum
EDL 7310 Organization and Community Partnerships
RES 7700 Qualitative Research
RES 7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES 7600 Survey Research
RES 7900 Research Design
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee-based)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000 Dissertation Supervision (fee-based)

Tuition Guarantee:

Tuition for the online Doctoral programs is $730 per credit hour for Spring 2017. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of your enrollment in the program as long as students remain continuously enrolled. In addition, a technology fee of $15 per credit hour ($45 per 3-credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning.

Please contact the Graduate Information Office for document deadlines.

Admission Requirements:

  • Application and $50 Application Fee
  • Objective statement (include educational goals and/or objectives and their relationship to pursuing doctoral work at CUC)
  • Documentation of 2 years of teaching and administrative leadership experience (resume, copy of teaching and principal/administrative certificate)
  • Proof of master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.00
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the applicant’s potential for doctoral study
  • Original, official transcripts from all colleges and universities where degrees were earned
  • Official scores from either the GRE or the MAT within the past three years
  • Writing Sample

Once all materials are submitted and your file is complete, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Executive Director of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services and the Doctoral Admission Committee.
  2. At the committee’s discretion, you may be invited to participate in an interview with the Faculty Doctoral Committee. Applicants who are not considered for the interview process will be notified.
  3. Once an admission decision has been reached, you will be notified personally and in writing within a few days.

Admission to the Doctoral programs depends on several factors, including your cumulative Grade Point Average, program fit, letters of recommendation, professional experience, test scores, and writing abilities.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter and a graduate catalog upon receipt of your application and non-refundable $50.00 application fee. If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 877-282-4422
Fax: 708-209-3454
Email: graduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Important Contact Information:

Graduate Information Office solena@graduateprogram.org 877-453-0380
Payment Plan Office of Student Business Services 866-204-1882
Financial Assistance Office   877-266-7331

GRE / MAT Information

All candidates for the Doctor of Education programs must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) as a part of the application process.

MAT: For more information about the MAT (registration and study guides), contact the Psychological Corporation at 800-622-3231 or visit their website at www.milleranalogies.com. The MAT is 60 minutes in length and is offered in both computerized and paper-and-pencil formats. The online Candidate Information Bulletin lists different locations. You will need to call each location for their testing schedule. The cost for this test varies. Scores are available in about three weeks from the test date. Concordia’s score recipient code for the MAT is 2024.

GRE: For information about the GRE General test, visit the website at www.gre.org or call 609-771-7670. Registration information is available at 800-GRE-CALL. The GRE is administered via computer at various locations in the area, and requires about 3.5 hours to complete. Practice exams and other information about the test are available on the website. The fee for the GRE is $130. Unofficial scores are available to the examinee at the conclusion of the test; official scores are reported in about two weeks. Concordia’s score recipient code for the GRE is R1140.