Leadership Doctoral Programs

Educational Leadership Specialization

In-Person or Online 61 - 67 credits * 4 years

Affordable Tuition

$461/mo

*if using financial aid

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Program Overview

The Concordia University Chicago Department of Leadership is at the forefront in providing educators with quality, relevant, and current graduate education, which enhances the leadership of public and nonpublic teachers and administrators as they positively impact schools. We advocate for our doctoral degree candidates and all students in the public and nonpublic schools. We are reflective professionals who provide quality, relevant, and current education for our graduate candidates in leadership. We prepare our candidates to be teacher and administrator leaders guiding the public and nonpublic schools in the service of students so that they may become effective citizens in a global society.

Program Objectives

This doctoral program prepares candidates for public or non-public 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 which supports the learning process
  • develop advanced skills in management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environments in schools and the district
  • collaborate with staff, boards of education, students, families and community members in 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.

Admission Requirements

The doctorate in leadership with a concentration in educational leadership is aligned with the NCATE ELCC 2008 standards. The program is nationally recognized as an accredited leadership program by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Concordia-Chicago’s education programs received their first recognition by NCATE in 1962 and the colleges in which these programs are housed have been continually accredited since that time. The recognition is a highly sought distinction of excellence granted to select few programs across the country that meet the national accrediting body’s highest and most rigorous standards for the preparation of educational leaders.

Areas of Study

Ed.D. Track

CourseTitle
EDL 7110*Strategies of Educational Leadership
EDL 7140Organizational Change
EDL 7120*Research Based Decision-Making
RES 7605Quantitative Analysis
FPR 7011Philosophy and Theory Foundations of Leadership
EDL 7210Policy Analysis
EDL 7300Ethics for Ed Leaders
EDL 7250*Legal Issues for School Districts
EDL 7240*Supervisory Theory and Practice
EDL 7260School/District Imp. Using Data Analysis
EDL 7230*Ed. Finance
EDL 7220*Human Resources Administration and Bargaining
EDL 7100*The Superintendency
EDL 7891*Internship: Superintendent
EDL 7310Organization and Community Partnerships
RES 7700Qualitative Research
RES 7900Research Design
COMP 7000Comprehensive Exam (fee-based)
DISS 7010Dissertation
DISS 7020Dissertation
DISS 7030Dissertation
DISS 8000Dissertation Supervision (fee-based)

*Courses notated with an asterisk are for the endorsement only track.

Ph.D. Track

CourseTitle
EDL 7110Strategies of Educational Leadership
EDL 7140Organizational Change
EDL 7120Research Based Decision-Making
RES 7605Quantitative Analysis
FPR 7300Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
EDL 7210Policy Analysis
EDL 7300Ethics for Ed. Leaders
EDL 7250Legal Issues for School Districts
EDL 7240Supervisory Theory and Practice
EDL 7260School/District Imp. Using Data Analysis
EDL 7230Ed. Finance
EDL 7220Human Resources Administration and Bargaining
EDL 7100The Superintendency
EDL 7891Internship: Superintendent
EDL 7310Organization and Community Partnerships
RES 7700Qualitative Research
RES 7800Mixed Methods Research
RES 7600Survey Research
RES 7900Research Design
COMP 7000Comprehensive Exam (fee-based)
DISS 7010Dissertation
DISS 7020Dissertation
DISS 7030Dissertation
DISS 8000Dissertation Supervision (fee-based)