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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Curriculum/Timeline

Honoring the Life Demands of Working Professionals

The strategic challenges facing today's schools and educational organizations often produce ethical dilemmas steeped in issues of social justice. From the classroom to the boardroom and from the schoolhouse to the White House, educational leaders must engage their minds, hearts, and spirits to promote success for all children and youth.


The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership curriculum (54 credits across three years) is designed for working professionals. Convenient Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters and eight full-day summer seminars each July honor the busy schedules of working professionals.

CURRICULUM YEAR 1 (18 Credits)
Understanding the Problem and Seeing the System: Scholars Before Researchers
Summer Fall Spring
EDDL 701:
Stewardship of Practice (Orientation)
EDDL 710:
Educational Policy and Politics
EDDL 720:
Learning and Learning Environments
EDDL 702:
Education and Social Justice
EDDL 711:
Research Literacy for Educational Leadership
EDDL 721:
Educational Improvement and Accountability
CURRICULUM YEAR 2 (18 Credits)
Establishing an Aim and Developing a Theory of Improvement
Summer Fall Spring

EDDL 730:
Community-Engaged Leadership for Social Justice

EDDL 740:
Ethics and Educational Law
EDDL 750:
Assessing Learning and Achievement
EDDL 731:
Program Evaluation
EDDL 751:
Data Analysis and Evidence-Based Improvement
EDDL 752:
Qualitative Inquiry and Social Justice Advocacy
CURRICULUM YEAR 3 (18 Credits)
Socially-Just, Community-Engaged Research Design and Implementation
Summer Fall Spring
EDDL 801:
Qualifying Portfolio Seminar
EDDL 810:
Catalyzing and Communicating Improvement Across Boundaries
EDDL 820:
Scholarly Practitioner
EDDL 802:
Dissertation in Practice Seminar
EDDL 811:
Dissertation in Practice I
EDDL 821:
Dissertation in Practice II

FULL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS