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  • Hybrid Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Management (EdD)

    Washington, DC Campus

    With Drexel University’s hybrid EdD in Educational Leadership and Management, you can be the change agent your organization needs. Drexel’s hybrid format combines face-to-face learning at our Washington, DC campus with online learning for working professionals. This blended format gives you the benefits of studying in a dynamic and multifunctional academic center in the heart of the nation’s capital with the convenience of online classes.

    What is a Doctorate in Education?

    An EdD is the ideal degree for administrators and instructional experts seeking to become leaders and innovators in a wide variety of organizations. Drexel’s EdD program prepares you to create and support strong and sustainable educational organizations, with an accredited curriculum that encourages curiosity, reform, and scholarly proficiencies to lead meaningful action in today’s complex environment.

    When looking for a doctorate degree, many educators have to decide between a PhD in Education and an EdD. The main difference between the two is substance and focus. While you will do plenty of research in an EdD program, a PhD in Education is far more research-intensive and is designed for those looking for a faculty position in higher education. An EdD, on the other hand, is designed for those who want to work in hands-on administrative leadership roles.

    Hybrid Program Features

    • Courses are aimed to develop your personal leadership growth
    • Core courses are taught in-person at the Drexel DC Center, while concentration courses are completed online
      • 1st Year: Friday and Saturday in person, once a month
      • 2nd Year: Friday OR Saturday in person, once a month
      • 3rd Year: No in-person requirement (all coursework is online)
    • Choose from a variety of concentration options to fit the program to your interests
    • Drexel DC Center located just steps away from the US Department of Education and Congress

    CPED Program of the year

    Drexel's EdD program received the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Program of the Year Award for 2019, a prestigious distinction that recognizes programs demonstrating excellence, innovation, and impact.

    Concentration Options

    • Athletic Administration
      Covers legal and ethical matters, external funding sources, and additional issues that confront athletic departments in K-12 and higher education settings.
    • Creativity and Innovation
      Provides an in-depth understanding of creativity, enhanced communication, and creative problem-solving; and explores how these may be applied to practical situations in the workplace.
    • Educational Administration (with Pennsylvania Superintendent Letter of Eligibility)
      Examines the impact of education on major social issues and provides the skills and knowledge necessary to develop interdisciplinary models of curricula and teaching strategies.
    • Education Policy
      Engages with policies and policy issues that have an impact on education, those working in it, and those served by it. Includes a heavy emphasis on the roles of ethics and ethical decision-making in policy development.
    • Global & International Education
      Reviews the complex economic, political, cultural, and social structures that shape learning in different parts of the world.
    • Higher Education
      Develops practical skills, using the latest learning technologies, strategies, research, software applications, and management systems for universities and the communities they serve.
    • Human Resource Development
      Produces 21st century leaders with the competencies and capabilities to facilitate workplace learning, performance, and change in any organizational setting.
    • Learning Technologies
      Teaches the skills needed to solve the technological learning challenges facing schools and businesses. Includes a focus on areas such as instructional design, performance support, virtual communities, learning in participatory culture, and e-learning leadership.
    • Special Education Leadership
      Provides the unique leadership knowledge and skills needed to successfully direct programs within special education.

    Online Open House

    Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd from 7-8 p.m. EST to learn more about the program and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!

    Archived Webinar

    Additional Program Formats

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses  
    EDUC 800 Educational Leadership & Change 3.0
    EDUC 801 Creative Strategies for Educational Leaders 3.0
    EDUC 802 Using and Integrating Learning Technologies 3.0
    EDUC 804 Program Evaluation in Organizations 3.0
    EDUC 845 Transformative Leadership: Finding One's Source 3.0
    Concentration Course Options (See Below) 15.0-16.0
    Research Courses  
    EDUC 803 Educational Research Design I 3.0
    EDUC 810 Educational Research Design II 3.0
    EDUC 815 Writing for Research, Publication and Funding in Education 3.0
    EDUC 818 Applied Research Study 3.0
    EDUC 835 Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 4.0
    EDUC 836 Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 4.0
    EDUC 837 Advanced Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis 3.0
    EDUC 880 Doctoral Seminar 1.0-1.5
    EdD Candidacy Courses  
    EDUC 997 Doctoral Dissertation 6.0
    Total Credits 60.0-61.5

    Concentration Course Options

    Working closely with your advisor, you'll craft a program concentration most appropriate for your needs and background.

    Athletic Administration   
    SMT 615 Introduction to the College Sport Industry 3.0
    SMT 618 NCAA Compliance 3.0
    SMT 648 Gender Equity in High School & College Sports 3.0
    Select two of the following: 6.0
    SMT 612 Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport  
    SMT 630 Sports Industry Practicum  
    SMT 635 Sport Facilities & Event Management  
    SMT 642 Administration of Interscholastic Sports  
    Total Credits 15.0
    Creativity & Innovation  
    CRTV 501 Foundations in Creativity 3.0
    CRTV 502 Tools and Techniques in Creativity 3.0
    CRTV 503 Creativity in the Workplace 3.0
    CRTV 620 Research Methods and Assessment of Creative and Innovative Thinking 3.0
    CRTV 630 Global Perspectives on Creativity 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Educational Administration (With Pennsylvania Superintendent Certification)  
    EDEX 712 Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education 3.0
    EDUC 817 Curriculum Models 3.0
    EDUC 820 School Superintendency 3.0
    EDUC 824 Parents and Schools 3.0
    EDUC 827 School Superintendent's Internship: Curriculum Models 1.0
    EDUC 828 School Superintendent's Internship: Parents and Schools 1.0
    EDUC 829 School Superintendent's Internship: Budget and Finance 1.0
    EDUC 830 School Superintendent's Internship: Human Resource Development 1.0
    Total Credits 16.0
    Education Policy   
    EDPO 620 Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications 3.0
    EDPO 624 The Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces, Interest Groups, and Politics 3.0
    EDPO 628 American Educational Policy and U.S. Competitiveness 3.0
    EDPO 632 Ethics in Educational Policy Making 3.0
    EDPO 636 Access & Equity in Educational Policy Making 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Global and International Education  
    EDGI 500 Introduction to Global, International & Comparative Education 3.0
    EDGI 504 History and Theory of Comparative Education 3.0
    EDGI 510 Culture, Society & Education in Comparative Perspective 3.0
    EDGI 512 Globalization and Educational Change 3.0
    EDGI 514 Education and National Development 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Higher Education (For those without previous formal study in Higher Education)  
    EDHE 500 Foundations of Higher Education 3.0
    EDHE 510 Governance, Management & Administration in Higher Education 3.0
    EDHE 530 Higher Education Law 3.0
    EDHE 669 Diversity in Higher Education 3.0
    EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education Systems 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Higher Education - Alternative Concentration (For those with a strong background in Higher Education)  
    EDHE 640 Foundations of Institutional Research 3.0
    EDHE 664 Strategies for Educational Success 3.0
    EDHE 669 Diversity in Higher Education 3.0
    EDHE 662 Critical Issues in Student Affairs 3.0
    EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education Systems 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Human Resource Development  
    AEOD 500 Foundations of Human Resources Development * 3.0
    AEOD 601 Leading and Evaluating Change 3.0
    AEOD 602 Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning 3.0
    AEOD 604 Development of Human Resources 3.0
    AEOD 606 Human and Organizational Performance 3.0
    Total Credits

    *A 3.0 credit substitute course will be identified to replace AEOD 500 if you've already earned a master's degree in Human Resource Development. 
    Learning Technologies   
    EDLT 532 Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience 3.0
    EDLT 537 Technologies for Performance Support 3.0
    EDLT 543 Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture 3.0
    EDLT 550 Introduction to Instructional Design 3.0
    ELL 501 The Purpose and Business of E-Learning 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Special Education  
    EDEX 710 School Law & Policy in Special Education 3.0
    EDEX 712 Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education 3.0
    EDEX 714 Development, Supervision, & Support: Special Education Leadership 3.0
    EDEX 716 Organization & Administration of Special Education 3.0
    Supervisor of Special Education Internship Courses  
    EDEX 721 Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Special Education Leadership 1.0
    EDEX 722 Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Instructional Leadership 1.0
    EDEX 723 Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Collaboration & Personnel 1.0
    EDEX 724 Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Finance & Management 1.0
    Total Credits 16.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Master's degree in Education (or another appropriate field) from a regionally accredited institution3 years of work experience relevant to your professional goals
      • Master's GPA of 3.5 or above
    • Materials encouraged (but not required)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    Writing Requirements

    Personal Essay

    • Discuss your professional goals and aspirations, including how your current skills, along with your study of educational leadership, will support the attainment of these goals. (300 words maximum)

    Problem of Practice

    • In the Drexel EdD program, you'll identify a problem of practice that becomes central to your dissertation research. While the final dissertation topic and document evolve over time, generally, our students arrive with one or more ideas for a problem of practice they have an interest in studying.
    • In this essay, please identify and describe a problem of practice relevant to your current (or a former) professional practice. (750 words maximum)
    • Describe the significance of this problem to the organization.
    • Based on your present understanding of the problem, discuss the potential underlying causes and contributing factors that have created the current challenges.
    • What questions could be explored to learn more about the problem that may help to create potential solutions.

    Writing Sample

    • Provide academic papers from prior coursework or journal articles that cite from peer reviewed articles and demonstrate your academic writing abilities. (5-30 pages)
    • If no prior academic papers are available, please create one on a topic of your choice. (5-8 pages)
    • Alternatively, you may provide a writing sample where you are the solo author—this may be a work-based report that evidences your critical thinking and writing skills.

    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:

    • 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 2019-2020 is $1303 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid
    • Additional program fees:
      • Full-Time: $280 per quarter
      • Part-Time: $140 per quarter
    • 30% tuition savings available for:
      • Military members serving on active duty or with the National Guard or reserves, veterans, and military dependents
      • Full-time faculty and staff employed at community colleges
      • Full-time employees of the federal government, partner school districts, and municipalities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area  
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University
    • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify

    Academic Calendar

    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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