Online Doctorate in Education Leadership Degree Overview
This updated, online Ed program is designed to help you adapt to a dynamic environment while teaching you to manage individuals during difficult periods in their lives. Social and restorative justice are fundamental to the teacher leadership program, with an awareness of how such issues impact students in TK-12 through higher education. The educational leadership degree program familiarizes you with the modern digital classroom that integrates technology and media into the everyday learning experience, whether that experience is online or in-person.
The EdD program has two specializations:
- TK-12 concentration for those looking to use their experience to succeed in leadership.
- Higher education leadership for those who want to advance in the profession and expand their career options.
Dissertation development is interwoven throughout the program and may be based on your current workplace with a focus on solving challenging work problems. Alliant offers a unique approach to the dissertation. You’ll begin to envision your topic from your earliest classes and receive support throughout the program from expert faculty and fellow students.
If you have already completed the Alliant administrative services credential program, you can reduce the coursework needed for this degree even further, from 46 to 37 credits.
The teacher education program offers tracks for TK-12 and higher education leadership, so whether you're a school principal, district administrator, experienced teacher, or college administrator, this program will help you reach your education career and organizational leadership goals.
You'll get lots of support with your dissertation, with planning and idea development starting early and continuing throughout the EdD program in partnership with fellow students and the expert leadership of a faculty advisor.
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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 an educational 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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