Doctor of Education (Ed. D.)

Educational and Organizational Leadership

Online 54 hours * 3.5 years

Affordable Tuition

$520/mo

*if using financial aid

How to Pay
8 week courses • Blended Format or Online
Get started today to reserve your seat for Spring!

Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online

3.5 year completion time, including holiday breaks

Finish one course every eight weeks

No weekend classes

For

  • Candidates interested in becoming effective and ethical leaders for schools and organizations who can make significant contributions to their fields of knowledge through applied research.
  • Candidates who are interested in becoming eligible for a Principal K-12 or a Curriculum and Instruction certificate must have a valid teaching certificate and at least three years of professional school experience.
  • Candidates who are interested in becoming eligible for Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility must provide evidence of six years of instructional, educational specialist and supervisory and administrative service of which at least three of the six years must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

What You Learn

Goals of the Doctor of Educational in Educational and Organizational Leadership:

  • To provide a research-based education program that facilitates the development of innovative and ethical school and community leaders.
  • To offer a program that is flexible and is designed for working practitioners allowing them to expand their practice and leadership skills through concentrated interdisciplinary coursework and research.

Students will select one of the four concentrations: 

  1. Organizational Leadership
  2. School Leadership and Administration: PA Principal Certification
  3. School Leadership and Administration: PA Superintendent Letter
  4. Curriculum & Instruction: PA Supervisor C&I PK-12

How You Learn

Classes will be offered in online, eight-week sessions. All courses will require some synchronous online learning. Some courses will require weekly synchronous online learning. Day and time will remain fixed for synchronous, online sessions.

  1. School Leadership and Administration: PA Principal Certification – Prepares teachers and other school personnel to obtain Pennsylvania certification to serve as a public school principal (PreK-12th grade).
  2. School Leadership and Administration: PA Superintendent Letter – Prepares school administrators to obtain Pennsylvania certification to serve as a public school district superintendent.
  3. Curriculum & Instruction: PA Supervisor C&I PK-12 – Prepares teachers and other school personnel to provide leadership in school curriculum models and instructional practices. Individuals may also apply for Pennsylvania certification to serve as a supervisor of curriculum and instruction (PreK-12th grade) in a public school district (pending approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education).
  4. Organizational Leadership – Offers a business perspective on organizational leadership and prepares individuals to lead a wide variety of non-profit, for-profit, and community organizations.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the program will possess skills and knowledge to function as effective leaders in a wide variety of education-related fields. Those who complete the principal or superintendent certification option will be prepared to pursue administrative positions in Pennsylvania K-12 schools. In addition, graduates of the program may pursue leadership opportunities in fields such as higher education, non-profit community organizations, and educational publishing and consulting.

Degree Requirements

Please Note:

Note: This is only an introduction to the program. Coursework may occur in a different order.

Students who follow the course sequence will finish the program in three years and one semester. This timeline includes completing the dissertation, for which a high degree of structure and guidance will be provided. Students develop their dissertation research projects by selecting one of the following general topic areas: (a) Language and Literacy, (b) Disabilities, and (c) Program Evaluation