Doctor of Education

Educational Leadership

The EdD in Educational Leadership online is a three-year degree program that will prepare you to be an educational leader in K-12 settings. Designed to accommodate the schedule of working professionals, the program will train you to become a critically conscious leader with the skills to address inequities in education.

Candidates for this program must have a master’s degree, a minimum of three years of relevant full-time work experience and leadership experience. The EdD in Educational Leadership online program is currently offered for the K-12 Leadership in Urban School Settings concentration only. Additional concentrations are offered in our on-campus EDL program.

Lead Equitable K-12 Schools and Districts

The EdD in Educational Leadership online program will prepare you to:


The EdD in Educational Leadership online program coursework consists of four components: core courses, concentration courses, research methods courses and the dissertation in practice.

The dissertation in practice is a doctoral dissertation with a more practical focus than a traditional dissertation. Under the guidance of faculty in your concentration, you will apply relevant research methods to tackle a problem of practice that impedes access to equitable K-12 educational opportunities and outcomes. 

The purpose of the dissertation in practice is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to address existing problems in your workplace well beyond your completion of the program.

Program Specifications 

The EdD in Educational Leadership online program requires a minimum of 43 units. The program can be completed in three years with two courses in most semesters.

Online Learning Experience

Classes are conducted live in a real-time virtual classroom environment. The live sessions are facilitated by faculty and include highly interactive, engaging and collaborative discussions. Prior to attending live sessions, you will complete assignments submitted through the learning management system.