Now, more than ever, strong leadership is needed to guide and transform schools. Our EdD in Educational Leadership empowers you to effect change in educational systems through the synthesis of theory, scholarship and practice.
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Why Study Educational Leadership at Wilkes?
Our low-residency EdD program addresses the needs and challenges facing education professionals in contemporary society. We offer globally diverse perspectives on education and leadership. You'll study with students living all over the world, most often working in educational institutions. You'll collaborate with peers in person and online, forming a rich global network that extends beyond graduation. During the program, you'll attend three residencies of four days each and complete a dissertation. Online EdD coursework allows for you to maintain work-life balance and gives working professionals the flexibility they need to complete the program. Earning your doctorate in education can give you the opportunity to grow yourself as a leader and pursue new career opportunities that are both challenging and rewarding.
Choose a specialization that fits your career goals: K-12 Administration with PA Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility or Educational Leadership. Our doctorate in Educational Leadership offers a choice of concentrations. Focus on educational technology, curriculum and instruction, or educational leadership skills.
What Will You Learn as an EdD Student?
- Explore principles of leadership, scholarship and practice to prepare you to effect change in educational and organizational systems.
- You'll study leadership theory, ethical leadership, diversity and inclusion, learning theory/cognition, curriculum/instructional leadership and how to lead strategic organizational transformation.
- You'll develop the essential skills needed to become a better administrator in a dynamic educational environment, able to anticipate and affect meaningful change in your organization.
- The curriculum comprises 60 post-master's credits, including 9 credits of leadership core courses, 30 credits of content area courses, 12 credits of research courses and 9 credits of dissertation. If you take 12 to 18 credits a year, you can complete coursework in three to four years before beginning the dissertation process.