Teacher Leader Doctorate with Endorsement

Discounted Tuition • Flexible Online Format

Online 61 - 67 credits * 4 years

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Earn same degree online as on campus

Computer Help Desk is available for tech support

Professors and Advisors readily available

Accessible interaction with classmates

The doctoral program 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.

Program Highlights

  • Up to 50% transfer credits considered
  • Aligned with standards for Ohio Educators and Administrators
  • 4 year completion time
  • 61-67 credit hours

Areas of Study

EDL 6715Providing Instructional Support3
*EDL 6725Building Collaborative Relationships3
EDL 6775Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communities3
*EDL 6988Teacher Leader Practicum3
EDL 7110Strategies in Educational Leadership3
EDL 7120Research-Based Decision Making3
*EDL 7260School/District Improvement Using Data Analysis3
EDL 7310Organization Community Partnerships3
EDU 7100Curriculum Theory and Design3
*EDU 7500Instructional Coaching for Effective Teaching3
 Total Credit Hours:30

*These courses are required for the Ohio TL endorsement.

Ed.D. and Ph.D. Requirements

Ed.D. (31 Semester Hours)

Doctoral Core Areas (12 sem. hours)
FPR 7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (3)
EDL 7140 Organizational Change (3)
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis (3)
EDL 7300 Ethics for Ed Leaders/Philosophy/Ethics (3)

Research (10 sem. hours)
EDU 7500 Instructional Coaching for Effective Teaching (3)
RES 7700 Qualitative Research (3)
RES 7900 Research Design (4)

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation (9 sem. hours)
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee)
DISS 7010 Dissertation (3)
DISS 7020 Dissertation (3)
DISS 7030 Dissertation (3)
DISS 8000 Dissertation Supervision (fee)

Total Credit Hours Ed.D.: 61sh

Ph.D. (37 Semester Hours)

Doctoral Core Areas (12 sem. hours)
FPR 7300 The Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (3)
EDL 7140 Organizational Change (3)
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis (3)
EDL 7300 Ethics for Ed Leaders (3)

Research (16 sem. hours)
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) OR RES 7710 Adv Topics in Qualitative Analysis

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation (9 sem. hours)
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee)
DISS 7010 Dissertation (3)
DISS 7020 Dissertation (3)
DISS 7030 Dissertation (3)
DISS 8000 Dissertation Supervision (fee)

Total Credit Hours Ph.D.: 67sh

Please Note:

Courses are subject to administrative review and change at any time.

Students who complete this program are eligible for the Ohio Teacher Leader Endorsement. Application for this endorsement is made through Concordia University’s Registrar’s Office and the Ohio Department of Education Online Application Process. Please see https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal/and contact your SAIL advisor for further information.

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
  • 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

Other Contacts:
Cohort InformationGraduate Information Office800-946-9608
Payment PlanOffice of Student Business Services708-209-3237
Financial AssistanceOffice of Student Financial Planning708-209-3113
Online FAFSA formwww.fafsa.ed.gov800-4-FED AID


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.