Leadership Doctoral Programs

Teacher Leadership Specialization

In-Person or Online 61 credit hours * 4 years

Affordable Tuition

$461/mo

*if using financial aid

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Program Overview

Concordia University Chicago’s Leadership Ed.D/Ph.D program with a specialization 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 specialization encourages students to draw and build upon 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: Pre-K-12 education, non-profit organizations, corporations and agencies.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Broaden your potential to advance your career by equipping yourself with the tools needed to analyze the leadership challenges facing schools and educational settings.
  • 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. Teachers must hold certification in the state in which they teach.

Areas of Study

Ed.D. Track

CourseTitle
EDL 7110Strategies of Ed. Leadership
EDL 7140Organizational Change
EDL 7120Research Based Decision-Making
RES 7605Quantitative Analysis
FPR 7011Philosophy and Theory Foundations of Leadership
EDL 7210Policy Analysis
EDL 7300Ethics for Ed. Leaders
EDL 6715Providing Instructional Support
EDL 7240Supervisory Theory and Practice
EDL 7260School/District Imp. Using Data Analysis
EDL 6775Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communitites
EDU 7500Instructional Coaching for Effective Teaching
EDU 7100Curriculum Theory and Design
EDL 6988Illinois Teacher Leader Practicum
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)

Ph.D. Track

CourseTitle
EDL 7110Strategies of Ed. 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 6715Providing Instructional Support
EDL 7240Supervisory Theory and Practice
EDL 7260School/District Imp. Using Data Analysis
EDL 6775Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communitites
EDU 7100Curriculum Theory and Design
EDU 7500Instructional Coaching for Effective Teaching
EDL 6988Illinois Teacher Leader Practicum
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)