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  • 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.

    Online Open House

    Join us on Wednesday, July 11th from 3 – 5 p.m. EST as Drexel University Online, in conjunction with the School of Education, presents an informative and convenient way for you to learn more about the online education programs at Drexel University. You’ll have the opportunity to explore program components and delve into online learning at Drexel followed by a Q&A session with a program manager. This is a great opportunity for you to find out why Drexel’s program is the right choice for you.

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    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

    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
    • 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.

    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 (EdD) 1.5
    EdD Candidacy Courses  
    EDUC 997 Doctoral Dissertation 6.0
    Total Credits 60.5-61.5

    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.

    Athletic Administration   
    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
    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 III 1.0
    EDUC 830 School Superintendent's Internship IV 1.0
    Total Credits 16.0

    Educational 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)  
    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
    Total Credits 15.0

    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
    Total Credits 15.0

    *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. 

    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 institution
      • Master's GPA of 3.5 or above
    • 3 years of work experience relevant to your professional goals
    • 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.

    • 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.
    • 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:

    • 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 2018-2019 is $1265 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.

    Contact Faculty

    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.

    Allen Grant, Ph.D.
    Department Chair for Education Policy and Leadership Programs

    Kristen Betts, Ed.D.
    Higher education, Neuroscience

    Rebecca Clothey, Ph.D.
    Higher Education
    Higher Education Policy
    Global & International Education

    Kathy Geller, Ph.D. (Based in California)
    Program Director for Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management

    Amy Giddings, PhD
    Program Director for Creativity and Innovation, Learning Technologies, and Sport Coaching Leadership

    John M. Gould, PhD
    Program Director for Educational Administration, Educational Improvement and Transformation, and Higher Education

    Penny Hammrich, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
    Former Ed.D. and Ph.D. Program Director
    Athletic Administration

    Valerie Klein, PhD
    Program Director for Mathematics Learning and Teaching, and Teaching Learning and Curriculum

    Bruce Levine, JD
    Director, Drexel University Washington DC Center
    Program Director of Educational Policy
    Program Director of Global and International Studies

    Fredricka K. Reisman, Ph.D.
    Director of Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation
    Creativity and Innovation

    Janet Sloand, Ed.D.
    Director of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis

    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018


    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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