The field of education needs leaders and innovators more than ever before, and you can step into this influential role with your doctorate in education leadership and management. Graduates of the doctor of education in educational leadership and management degree (EdD) program can go on to become agents of change in educational organizations from TK-12 to all levels of higher education as effective theorists, prepared to guide the next generation of transformational educators and educational leaders alike.
If you’re a site administrator, director, educational coordinator, coach or athletics director, dean of students, principal, superintendent, chancellor, and any other leader and the EdD program can advance your skills, professional knowledge, and career. If you’re a teacher, the program can also help you make the change to a more stable, long-term career in education.
In the program you’ll develop your dissertation with support from your fellow students and close guidance from faculty who have been in your position and who are committed to your success.
If you have already taken the administrative services credential program, you can reduce the coursework needed for this degree even further—from 46 to 37 credits.
The new online EdD in Educational Leadership and Management degree program includes K–12 Leadership studies and requires 46 credits, potentially removing a year from your path to your EdD.
From projects, research, and readings throughout, to the entire topic of your dissertation, you’ll have guidance from those who have been there before.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your online doctorate in educational leadership, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
What does the dissertation process look like?
The dissertation process for the doctorate in educational leadership program begins after you have successfully completed all required courses and have passed the comprehensive exam. You may conduct a research or an applied dissertation through either a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research project. If you follow the dissertation guided process, you should be able to complete their dissertation at the end of the dissertation preparation course in the third year of the online EdD leadership program.
When does the degree program start?
The program is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. Learn more with our eight-week term academic calendar.
How long does it take to complete the program?
This education degree is a 46-credit program across six terms plus an additional six terms for dissertation preparation and creation.
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