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  • Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management (EdD)

    In a world where new technologies, federal mandates, and global issues are rapidly changing the landscape of education, the need for educator-leaders – primed to transform the practice and invent the future of learning – is more critical than ever. Drexel’s fully online EdD in Educational Leadership and Management program fosters personal leadership growth, empowering you to move ahead professionally.

    What is a Doctorate in Education?

    The Doctor of Education program is specifically designed to prepare innovative leaders, capable of guiding complex organizations through uncertain times. With its focus on evidence-based theory, action research, and collaborative discourse, you will challenge old ways of thinking, while learning to create new models of effective practice across a wide range of educational and business environments.

    Learn how to complete your EdD dissertation online.

    Online EdD Program Features

    • The EdD program can be completed in three or five years on a part-time basis, allowing you to work full-time while earning your degree.
    • There is no residency requirement—all courses and the dissertation process can be completed 100 percent online.
    • Nine diverse concentration options are available, allowing you to tailor your degree to your area of interest.
    • You will become part of a student cohort, providing ample opportunities to network and receive support from a cohesive community that learns and grows together.
    • The program’s accredited curriculum incorporates the expert knowledge and skills you must have to become an effective 21st century leader in educational or business environments – from instructional technology integration and transformative leadership, to strategic decision-making, institutional finance, and program evaluation.

    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.
    • Educational 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.

    The Drexel Difference

    Learn more about what makes Drexel's EdD program unique and how our graduates have used the degree to further their careers.

    How long does it take to earn a Doctorate of Education online?

    Drexel operates on the quarter system, which means there are four terms in a calendar year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). The online EdD program requires 60.5-61.5 quarter credits. As working professionals, part-time students typically take three years to earn their degree as part of a cohort. There is also a one-course per term non-cohort plan of study that can be completed in five years.

    Drexel's online EdD is specifically designed for working professionals. The online coursework and no residency requirement means that you can learn on your own schedule.

    What can you do with a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Management?

    The EdD program is ideal for:

    • K-12 leadership: superintendents, principals, administrators, teachers
    • Higher education administrators
    • Organizers of community programs
    • Leaders in corporations that serve the educational community

    Drexel’s EdD program graduates go on to become leaders and innovators in the areas of instruction, administration, learning, and strategy within many kinds of organizations, including public and private schools, postsecondary institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, and corporations.

    Doctorate of Education Leadership (EdD) Salary Expectations

    Median Salaries for EdD Related Occupations:

    Job Title

    Median Salary*

    Postsecondary Education Administrator




    High School Teacher


    Middle School Teacher


    Elementary School Teacher


    *2016 figures via Bureau of Labor Statistics

    What is the difference between an EdD and a PhD in Education?

    Once you have earned a master’s degree, you have two options for completing a doctoral degree – an EdD or a PhD in Education. Although they are both doctoral programs, they are distinctly different in substance and focus.

    You might consider pursuing an EdD for these reasons:

    • You aspire to work in a hands-on administrative leadership position in educational or corporate environments, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations
    • You want to become a research-informed leader-practitioner, skilled in real-world problem solving, strategic decision making, and organizational transformation

    If you are interested in a faculty position at a higher education institution, a PhD in education would be a great choice. It is far more research-intensive, with an emphasis on creating "new knowledge" in a specific area of study that enhances the profession.

    Optional Online/On-Campus Blended Format

    This program is offered in two formats: entirely online or in a blended online/on-campus format. Both structures allow working professionals to continue their studies while affording the convenience of part-time study with a collaborative advantage. If you are interested in the blended option, please apply through Drexel's Graduate Admissions Department.

    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
    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)  
    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 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
    Drexel’s 10,000 Hours Podcast: You Live and You Learn (Online)

    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

    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

    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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