Doctor of Education: Educational Leadership (Non‐Endorsement Program)

What you Learn:

This doctoral program prepares candidates for public or non-public school or district-wide administrative responsibilities. The program is designed to help the doctoral candidate:

  • Promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning that supports the learning process.
  • Develop advanced skills in management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment in schools and the district.
  • Collaborate with staff, boards of education, students, families and community membersin response to diverse educational and community interests and needs as well as mobilize community resources.
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to support and advance the development of a moral educational community.
  • Understand and respond to the larger political,social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.

Benefits of the Online Format:

  • Earn same degree online as on campus
  • No special computer skills required; user-friendly format
  • Professors and Advisors are readily available
  • Accessible interaction with classmates
  • Computer Help Desk is available for tech support

Areas of Study:

Ed.D. Track

Course Title
RES 7900 Research Design (4)
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis (3)
RES 7800 Qualitative Research (3)
EDL 7140 Organizational Change (3)
FPR 7011 Phil & Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
EDL 7300 Ethics for Ed. Leaders (3)
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis (3)
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee)
DISS 7010 Dissertation (3)
DISS 7020 Dissertation (3)
DISS 7030 Dissertation (3)
DISS 8000 Dissertation Supervision (fee)
EDL 6715 Providing Instr Support (3)
EDL 6775 Leading School-Based Prof Learning Communities (PLC’s) (3)
EDL 7110 Strategies of Ed. Leaders (3)
EDL 7220 HR Admin. and Bargaining (3)
EDL 7230 Educational Finance (3)
EDL 7240 Super. Theory and Practice (3)
EDL 7250 Legal Issues for Sch Districts (3)
EDL 7260 School/District Improvement Using Data Analysis (3)
EDL 7310 Organization and Community Partnerships (3)
EDL 7120 Research-Based Decision Making (3)

Ph.D. Track

Course Title
RES 7900 Research Design (4)
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis (3)
RES 7700 Qualitative Research (3)
RES 7800 Mixed Methods Research (3)
RES 7620 Advanced Topics in Statistics (3)
EDL 7140 Organizational Change (3)
FPR 7300 The Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (3)
EDL 7300 Ethics for Ed. Leaders (3)
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis (3)
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee)
DISS 7010 Dissertation (3)
DISS 7020 Dissertation (3)
DISS 7030 Dissertation (3)
DISS 8000 Dissertation Supervision (fee)
EDL 7120 Research Based Decision-Making (3)
EDL 6775 Leading School-Based PLC’s (3)
EDL 7110 Strategies of Ed Leadership (3)
EDL 7220 HR Admin. and Bargaining (3)
EDL 7230 Educational Finance (3)
EDL 7240 Super. Theory and Practice (3)
EDL 7250 Legal Issues for Sch Districts (3)
EDL 7260 School/District Improvement Using Data Analysis (3)
EDL 7310 Organization and Community Partnerships (3)
EDL 6715 Providing Instruct Support (3)

Please Note:

Those who intend to apply for financial aid should complete the financial aid process at the same time they apply for admission. Financial aid is available to admitted students (not pending/guest status) and is not retroactive.

This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.

Tuition Guarantee:

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $625 for Doctoral Programs. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of the cohort. 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 (Concordia e-mail, Blackboard, text notifications). There is a $300 fee associated with the dissertation and a graduation fee of $143. We reserve the right to offer different tuition rates, or change the prices of other programs

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.85 (on a 4.00 scale) and a Master's Degree with at least a 3.00 GPA
  • Two years teaching experience in grade level(s) of teaching license
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned
  • GRE or MAT test scores
  • Submission of Professional Resume
  • Copy of current Ohio teaching license

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

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.
  2. An admission decision will be reached immediately following the committee review, and you will be notified in writing within a few days.

NOTE: Admission to Concordia University Chicago depends on several factors, including: the cumulative GPA, program fit, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and an objective statement (critical writing sample). Students who do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) will not be considered for admission.

Applicants may enroll in one semester of classes as a "pending" student awaiting an admission decision. Please note that participation and enrollment in the cohort does not guarantee admission to the University. Pending students who are denied admission will not be automatically withdrawn from the class, and will not receive a tuition refund. Pending students are not eligible for financial aid, therefore, please complete the admission process and submit official transcripts by the beginning of the semester for full admission to the graduate cohort program.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter upon receipt of your application, and non-refundable $60.00 application fee (includes 1-year Associate Membership in OAESA). If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 708-209-4093
Fax: 708-209-3454
Email: graduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Other Contacts:

Cohort Information Graduate Information Office 800-946-9608
Payment Plan Office of Student Business Services 708-209-3237
Financial Assistance Office of Student Financial Planning 708-209-3113
Online FAFSA form www.fafsa.ed.gov 800-4-FED AID