Doctorate in Leadership -

Teacher Leadership

with OH Teacher Leader Endorsement

Online 61 - 67 credits * 4 years

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*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

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Most affordable Teacher Leader Doctorate in the state

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The leadership 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 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 Objectives

Concordia’s Ohio Teacher Leader Endorsement program will enable graduate candidates to:

  • Develop a leadership style to fit diverse populations, situations, and settings
  • Gain knowledge of leadership frameworks and models of shared governance and to understand and use teacher evaluation models
  • Become skilled in building and leading effective teams; including team formation, dynamics, management, and growth
  • Become a self-assured and effective instructional coach taking a mentoring/teaming approach in improvement of classroom instruction
  • Improve instruction through multiple uses of building and district student data; research-based instructional models; and collaboration with colleagues
  • Understand and serve diverse learners’ educational needs (including students with IEP, ELL, underrepresented, gifted, and at-risk students)
  • Serve as a facilitator of change within a school and engage in planning and management of tasks to support change and implement planned initiatives
  • Work with families, colleagues, building/district leadership, and the larger school community for increased student performance

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)
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis (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.: 61 sh

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.: 67 sh

Please Note:

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

Tuition Guarantee

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $468. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of the cohort. In addition, a technology fee of $17 per credit hour ($51 per 3 credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning (Concordia e-mail, Blackboard, text notifications). The graduation fee will be assessed. We reserve the right to offer different tuition rates, or change the prices of other programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Earned master’s degree with a minimum 3.00 GPA
  • 2 years teaching experience with 4 years total teaching experience at the time of application for Ohio Teacher Leader endorsement
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned
  • Submission of Professional Resume
  • Copy of current Ohio teaching license (Program is limited to educators who possess a professional teaching license or professional or permanent teaching certificate.)

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).

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.