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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration & Policy

Program Details

The online Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration & Policy program is designed to prepare transformative leaders in K-12 education.  The program equips educators with the skills needed to fill leadership positions that improve education for all children, especially those in marginalized or underserved communities, and focuses on preparing social-justice-minded educational leaders to solve problems and design solutions that benefit schools and student learning.  The curriculum uses improvement science as a primary approach, placing importance on utilizing exploratory learning when seeking new strategies for long-term success in educational systems as students learn to use inquiry, problem-solving, and innovation to continuously design and implement effective solutions across schools, districts, and communities.  There are four core practice areas:

  • Educational Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Leading Teaching and Learning
  • Engaging and Transforming Schools, Districts, and Communities
  • Policy and Advocacy


  • Requires two on-campus immersion experiences
  • At least three years of appropriate leadership experience in a PK-12 educational institution 
  • Master’s degree, including fundamental and intermediate courses equivalent to those required by the division 
  • Minimum graduate GPA of approximately 3.5 on a (4.0 scale) and a 3.0 or better on the undergraduate level 
  • GRE or MAT test scores
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal essay
  • Two letters of recommendation

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)