Doctorate in Educational Leadership


Experienced educators seeking to further their knowledge in the field of educational leadership for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession.

What You Learn:

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) at Concordia University St. Paul is designed to address three salient areas with a concentration in leadership. The first area of concentration will addresses a core understanding of leadership issues pertaining to exemplary leadership models, ethics, policy making, and special topics. A second area focuses on scholarship for understanding, and producing and evaluating research applicable to improving organizations. The third area provides comprehensive coursework, integrated with Doctorate Field Experience/Research, and designed with flexibility to allow students to focus on areas of specialization of their choosing within leadership.

How You Learn:

Online Format: This program is an online cohort. In general, you will finish one 3 credit hour course every 7 weeks. Face to face meetings are not required; however, a weekly one hour synchronous audio/visual chat is required. You will still complete one 3 credit course every 7 weeks.

Blended Format: This program is an accelerated cohort program. Curriculum is provided in a blended format. During each course, students will meet face-to-face as a group 3 or 4 times per academic session. On weeks that classes do not meet face-to-face, students will complete online activities and discussions in Blackboard to continue their coursework.

Career Outcomes:

At completion of the program as outlined below, you will earn a Doctorate in Education. Professionally, you will be referred to as a Doctor of Education and your signature line may include Ed.D. after your name.

Degree Requirements:

Leadership Core

Course Title Hours
ED 7040 Real time/ Relevant Educational Leadership and Educational Reform 3
ED 7046 Introduction to Scholarly Research 3
ED 7041 Data Analysis and Use for Leaders 3
ED 7057 Adult Learning Theories and Foundations 3
ED 7058 Strategies for Adult Learning 3
ED 7042 Human Resource Management in Today’s 21st Century organizations 3
ED 7043 Leadership Exemplars 3
EDL 7044 Leading Change in Today’s Organizations 3
ED 7045 Advanced Leadership Ethics 3
ED 7047 Influences and Assessment of Public Policy 3
ED 7048 Organizational Theory and Analysis 3
  Total Credit Hours: 33

Research Core

Course Title Hours
ED 7049 Intro to Doctorate level Education (Summer I Residency) 1
ED 7055 Doctorate Field Experience/Research 3
ED 7050 Dissertation Preparation (Summer II Residency) 3
ED 7051 Overview of Research Methodology 3
ED 7052 Quantitative Research Methods 3
ED 7053 Qualitative Research Methods 3
ED 7054 Written Comps 0
ED 7056 Elective research methods: i.e. Action Research, ethnological 3
ED 7061 Written dissertation proposal 0
ED 7062 Dissertation 12
  Total Credit Hours: 31

Please Note:

A 1-week on campus residency is required during summers of the 2nd and 3rd years.