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  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management


    Drexel University’s online Doctor of Education degree equips ambitious professionals with advanced management competencies for a broad range of learning environments. Offered by Drexel’s award-winning School of Education, this accredited, fully-online program is ideal for all levels of administrators and instructional experts. The program runs for 3 years, part time, and is organized in cohorts (groups) to establish an important learning community that studies and grows together.

    The Ed.D. is a singular program based on the Drexel philosophy that theory springs from practice. Students are encouraged to challenge their own thinking within a group and venture beyond problem solving to a unique model of individual leadership that will become a lifelong pattern of professional communication and growth.


    • Athletic Administration
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Educational Administration
    • Educational Policy
    • Global & International Education
    • Higher Education
    • Human Resource Development
    • Learning Technologies
    • Special Education Leadership

    Program Features

    • Graduates capable of creating and supporting strong, sustainable education environments
    • Courses aimed to develop students’ personal leadership growth applicable to their current careers
    • Training for a full range of emerging educational technologies that effectively communicate to all generations of learners
    • An accredited curriculum that encourages curiosity, reform, and scholarly proficiencies to lead meaningful action in today’s educational environments
    • Focus on skills needed to lead complex organizations in an uncertain industry

    Optional Online/On-Campus Blended Format

    This program is offered entirely online and in a blended online/on-campus format. Both structures allow working professionals to continue their studies, and afford the convenience of part-time study with a collaborative advantage.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    Core Courses 
    BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
    EDUC 800Educational Leadership & Change3.0
    EDUC 801Creative Strategies for Educational Leaders3.0
    EDUC 802Using and Integrating Learning Technologies3.0
    EDUC 804Program Evaluation in Organizations3.0
    ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3.0
    Concentration Course Options (See Below)15.0-16.0
    Research Courses 
    EDUC 803Educational Research Design I3.0
    EDUC 810Educational Research Design II3.0
    EDUC 815Writing for Research, Publication and Funding in Education3.0
    EDUC 818Applied Research Study3.0
    EDUC 835Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis4.0
    EDUC 836Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis4.0
    EDUC 881Doctoral Seminar (EdD)1.5
    EdD Candidacy Courses  
    EDUC 998PhD Dissertation6.0
    Total Credits60.0-61.5

    Concentration Course Options

    Students and their advisors craft a program concentration that is most appropriate for their needs and background. Concentration availability may depend on campus location as well as other factors. Students should work closely with their advisors at the School of Education.

    Higher Education (For those without previous formal study in Higher Education) 
    EDHE 500Foundations of Higher Education3.0
    EDHE 510Governance, Management & Administration in Higher Education3.0
    EDHE 530Higher Education Law3.0
    EDHE 669Diversity in Higher Education3.0
    EDGI 506Comparative Higher Education Systems3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Higher Education - Alternative Concentration (For those with a strong background in Higher Education) 
    EDAE 601Foundations of Adult Education3.0
    EDHE 634Proposal Writing & Sponsored Project Management3.0
    EDHE 640Foundations of Institutional Research3.0
    EDHE 646Survey Tools, Statistical Software & Effective Reporting3.0
    EDHE 664Strategies for Educational Success3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Educational Administration (With Pennsylvania Superintendent Certification) 
    EDEX 712Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education3.0
    EDUC 817Curriculum Models3.0
    EDUC 820School Superintendency3.0
    EDUC 824Parents and Schools3.0
    EDUC 827School Superintendent's Internship: Curriculum Models1.0
    EDUC 828School Superintendent's Internship: Parents and Schools1.0
    EDUC 829School Superintendent's Internship III1.0
    EDUC 830School Superintendent's Internship IV1.0
    Total Credits16.0

    Athletic Administration  
    SMT 601Sports Industry Management3.0
    SMT 602Sport Law & Risk Management3.0
    SMT 606Contemporary Issues in Sport3.0
    SMT 612Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport3.0
    SMT 635Sport Facilities & Event Management3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Human Resource Development 
    EHRD 500Foundations of Human Resources Development *3.0
    EHRD 601Leading and Evaluating Change3.0
    EHRD 602Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning3.0
    EHRD 604Development of Human Resources3.0
    EHRD 606Human and Organizational Performance3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    *A 3.0 credit substitute course will be identified to replace EHRD 500 for those who've already earned a master's degree in Human Resource Development. 

    Educational Policy  
    EDPO 620Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications3.0
    EDPO 624Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces3.0
    EDPO 628American Educational Policy and U.S. Competitiveness3.0
    EDPO 632Ethics in Educational Policy Making3.0
    EDPO 636Access & Equity in Educational Policy Making3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Creativity & Innovation  
    CRTV 501Foundations in Creativity3.0
    CRTV 502Tools and Techniques in Creativity3.0
    CRTV 503Creativity in the Workplace3.0
    CRTV 620Research Methods and Assessment of Creative and Innovative Thinking3.0
    CRTV 630Global Perspectives on Creativity3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Global and International Education 
    EDGI 500Introduction to Global, International & Comparative Education3.0
    EDGI 504History and Theory of Comparative Education3.0
    EDGI 510Culture, Society & Education in Comparative Perspective3.0
    EDGI 512Globalization and Educational Change3.0
    EDGI 514Education and National Development3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Learning Technologies  
    EDLT 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0
    EDLT 537Technologies for Performance Support3.0
    EDLT 543Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture3.0
    EDLT 550Introduction to Instructional Design3.0
    ELL 501The Purpose and Business of E-Learning3.0
    Total Credits15.0

    Special Education Leadership 
    EDEX 710School Law & Policy in Special Education3.0
    EDEX 712Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education3.0
    EDEX 714Development, Supervision & Support of School Personnel3.0
    EDEX 716Organization & Administration of Special Education3.0
    EDEX 721Leadership Internship I: Special Education Leadership1.0
    EDEX 722Leadership Internship II: Instructional Leadership1.0
    EDEX 723Leadership Internship III: Collaborative & Personnel1.0
    EDEX 724Leadership Internship IV: Finance/Management1.0
    Total Credits16.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended verifying completion of a master's degree in education or an appropriate field and an undergraduate degree in an appropriate major
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal Essay - Discuss your professional goals and aspirations, including how your current skills, along with advanced study of educational leadership, will be of support in the attainment of those.
    • Resume
    • Writing Sample (5-30 pages) that demonstrates your writing ability and potential success in the program
      • Examples include, but are not limited to, a journal article, a paper written for a class, or a manual or technical report.
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Supplemental Documents

    The application process is designed to highlight emerging leaders who can display experience leading teams and groups, strategic planning, and research and development. To make your application more competitive, you're encouraged but not required to submit two or more of the following:

    • GRE scores
    • A detailed statement discussing your sustained leadership activities
    • A detailed statement discussing your creative activities or products
    • A detailed statement discussing your significant research activities or publications


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1192 per credit.

    This program is not eligible for any tuition reduction opportunities.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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