Be An Educational Leader

Earn your Doctor of Education Degree

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Wilkes University's low-residency Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is designed for professionals seeking to transform the face of education.

Through our rigorous and relevant curriculum, which combines theory, applied research and interactive learning experiences, graduates leave the program prepared to address the unique challenges faced in K-12, higher education or professional environments.

The Ed.D. requires 60 post-master's credits, including nine credits of dissertation. Taking 12 credits a year, students can complete coursework in four years followed by dissertation development. Enjoy online learning with limited campus visits. Attend just three program residencies while participating in virtual class sessions and online learning.

Choose an area of specialization:

  • K-12 Administration with Pennsylvania superintendent's letter of eligibility
    (must hold PA. principal or supervisory certificate at time of admission)
  • Educational Leadership; choose from three concentrations:
    • Educational Technology
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Educational Leadership Studies

Program Highlights:

  • Cohort format - complete the program with the same peer group
  • Competitive tuition
  • Up to 18 post-master's transfer credits accepted


  • Master's degree in education or a related field.


  • Completed application.
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • Copies of certifications or licenses, if applicable.
  • Two references. Official college transcripts.
  • Scholarly or professional project, product or paper with an abstract.
  • Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility

Students interested in the K-12 administrative track can earn their superintendent's letter of eligibility upon successful completion of the first 21 credits of the Ed.D. Wilkes also offers the superintendent's letter of eligibility as a stand-alone program.

"Wilkes is accessible and affordable, and the Ed.D. curriculum is highly applicable to what I do every day."

Matt Barrett, Ed.D. '14
Western Wayne School District