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Doctor ofEducation

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership is designed for experienced educators seeking to further their knowledge in the field of educational leadership for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession.

Area of Study: Teacher Education

  • Credit Hours: 64
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • On Campus
  • Online
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Curriculum Overview


The Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) at Concordia University St. Paul is designed to address three salient areas with a concentration in leadership. The first area of concentration will addresses a core understanding of leadership issues pertaining to exemplary leadership models, ethics, policy making, and special topics. A second area focuses on scholarship for understanding, and producing and evaluating research applicable to improving organizations. The third area provides comprehensive coursework, integrated with Doctorate Field Experience/Research, and designed with flexibility to allow students to focus on areas of specialization of their choosing within leadership.

How You Learn:

Online Format: This program is an online cohort. In general, you will finish one 3 credit hour course every 7 weeks. Face to face meetings are not required; however, a weekly one hour synchronous audio/visual chat is required. You will still complete one 3 credit course every 7 weeks.

Blended Format: This program is an accelerated cohort program. Curriculum is provided in a blended format. During each course, students will meet face-to-face as a group 3 or 4 times per academic session. On weeks that classes do not meet face-to-face, students will complete online activities and discussions in Blackboard to continue their coursework.


Course Name
  • Relevant Ed Ldrshp/Ed Reform3
  • Intro to Scholarly Research3
  • Data Analys and Use for Leadrs3
  • Adult Lrng Theories and Fndtns3
  • Strategies for Adult Learning3
  • Human Res Mgmt Todays Orgs3
  • Leadership Exemplars3
  • Leading Change in Todays Orgs3
  • Advanced Leadership Ethics3
  • Influences & Assess Pub Policy3
  • Org Theory and Analysis3
  • Intro to Doctorate Level Educ1
  • Doctorate Field Exp/Research3
  • Dissertation Preparation3
  • Overview of Research Method3
  • Quantitative Research Methods3
  • Qualitative Research Methods3
  • Written Comps0
  • Elective Research Methods3
  • Written Dissertation Proposal0
  • Dissertation0
ED-7040 - Relevant Ed Ldrshp/Ed Reform

This course is designed for students who are pursing leadership in education. This course will examine the skills, knowledge and disposition required for Real time/Relevant organizational leaders. Students will study the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts that shape todayÕs organizations.

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  1. Apply Online
  2. The $50 Application Fee (non-refundable) should be payable to Concordia University by check, money order or pay online. Please allow 2-3 business days for online payment processing.
  3. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  4. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax.Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Please note: A 1-week on campus residency is required during summers of the 2nd and 3rd years.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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