EdD 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 EdD is a singular program based on the Drexel philosophy that theory springs from practice. You will be encouraged to challenge your 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.
3-Year or 5-Year Plans of Study
The standard program runs for 3 years, part time, and is organized in cohorts (groups) to establish an important learning community that studies and grows together. There is also a 1-course per term non-cohort plan of study that can be completed in 5 years. This option is ideal for those with demanding careers, busy home lives, or students who want to save money through employer-offered tuition reimbursement plans.
- Athletic Administration
- Creativity and Innovation
- Educational Administration
- Educational Policy
- Global & International Education
- Higher Education
- Human Resource Development
- Learning Technologies
- Special Education Leadership
- 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
- No residency requirement
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.
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.
|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|
|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 (EdD)||1.5|
|EdD Candidacy Courses|
|EDUC 997||Doctoral Dissertation||6.0|
Concentration Course Options
Working closely with your advisor, you'll craft a program concentration most appropriate for your needs and background. Concentration availability may depend on campus location as well as other factors.
|SMT 601||Sports Industry Management||3.0|
|SMT 602||Sport Law & Risk Management||3.0|
|SMT 606||Contemporary Issues in Sport||3.0|
|SMT 612||Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport||3.0|
|SMT 635||Sport Facilities & Event Management||3.0|
|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|
|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 III||1.0|
|EDUC 830||School Superintendent's Internship IV||1.0|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Higher Education - Alternative Concentration (For those with a strong background in Higher Education)|
|EDAE 601||Foundations of Adult Education||3.0|
|EDHE 634||Proposal Writing & Sponsored Project Management||3.0|
|EDHE 640||Foundations of Institutional Research||3.0|
|EDHE 646||Survey Tools, Statistical Software & Effective Reporting||3.0|
|EDHE 664||Strategies for Educational Success||3.0|
|Human Resource Development|
|EHRD 500||Foundations of Human Resources Development *||3.0|
|EHRD 601||Leading and Evaluating Change||3.0|
|EHRD 602||Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning||3.0|
|EHRD 604||Development of Human Resources||3.0|
|EHRD 606||Human and Organizational Performance||3.0|
*A 3.0 credit substitute course will be identified to replace EHRD 500 if you've already earned a master's degree in Human Resource Development.
|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|
|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|
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Master's degree in Education (or another appropriate field) from a regionally accredited institution
- Master's GPA of 3.5 or above
- 3 years of work experience relevant to your professional goals
- Materials encouraged (but not required)
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended, verifying completion of your bachelor's and master's degrees
- 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.
- 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
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
If you have already taken graduate level coursework at Drexel, you may apply directly to the School of Education. Please follow the instructions below:
- Print and complete the Readmission Form
- Gather all required materials, including the Readmission Form, into one complete package. Letters of recommendation must remain in their original sealed envelopes.
- Send the package to:
Drexel University School of Education
3401 Market Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1228 per credit.
- The 3-year program is eligible for Financial Aid. The 5-year program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
- 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.
- Military members serving on active duty or with the National Guard or reserves, veterans, and military dependents are eligible for a 30% tuition savings.
- Full-time faculty and staff employed at community colleges are eligible for a 30% tuition savings.
- 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.
The following faculty members are available to speak to you about the program by phone or email. For a full listing of faculty, please visit Drexel's School of Education.
2017-2018 Academic Year
September 25, 2017
December 9, 2017
December 11, 2017
December 16, 2017
January 8, 2018
March 17, 2018
March 19, 2018
March 24, 2018
April 2, 2018
June 9, 2018
June 11, 2018
June 15, 2018
June 25, 2018
September 1, 2018
September 4, 2018
September 8, 2018