Offered by the School of Education , the Education Policy and Leadership (EdD) is an online executive leadership program that provides professionals with the practical knowledge and skills to transform their organizations and education systems by focusing on connecting impact, policy to practice and system improvement. The program aims to enable more thoughtful, intentional and informed leaders, willing and able to implement and study policy, continuous improvement, and equity-based change. In alignment with the School of Education’s vision of preparing the next generation of highly effective education leaders, the Education Policy and Leadership (EdD) changes how leaders think and work for the benefit of K-12 students, schools, organizations, and communities.
Graduates of the EdD program are equipped with the skills every education leader needs to be effective, including strategic budgeting, collaborative inquiry, talent management, partnership building, learning science, and program evaluation. After completing their coursework and their Problem of Practice (PoP) leading to a Dissertation in Practice (DiP), students have the policy, leadership, and research skills necessary to serve in senior positions in school district central offices, independent schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and more.
Admission to the Program
Typical applicants to the program will include working professionals who want to transform and better their practice and create better learning opportunities for students of all ages. Students must hold an active professional position - whether classroom teacher, counselor, administrator, or other position - that allows them to implement small-scale change. This doctoral program is NOT designed for individuals seeking academic tenure-line positions at research-intensive universities. It might be appropriate for those already in non-tenure line positions (e.g., lecturer, clinical instructor) or working in the community college system. The program is designed for educational leaders who intend to improve their current place of practice or advance in their profession.
Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for admission to graduate study. Admission is based on academic record, three letters of recommendation, a proposed Problem of Practice and a Writing Sample.
- 40-64 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, exclusive of EDU-898 /EDU-899
- Students entering with an approved master’s degree must complete 40 credit hours of approved coursework, exclusive of EDU-898 /EDU-899
- Students entering with only a bachelor’s degree must complete 64 credit hours of approved coursework, exclusive of EDU-898 /EDU-899
- Minimum 3.00 GPA in all coursework required to remain in good standing and to earn the degree
- Successful completion of Qualifying Exam
- Successful completion of Dissertation in Practice
Required (29 credits hours)
Research Methodology (6 credit hours)
On-Site Residencies (2 credit hours)
Complete 2 credits hours from the following:
Electives (3-27 credit hours)
Complete 3-27 credit hours from the following or other approved courses, in consultation with faculty advisor: