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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.

    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.

    Online Open House

    Join us on Wednesday, January 31st from 3-4 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. EST to learn more about our online Education programs and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!


    • 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 800Educational Leadership & Change3.0
    EDUC 801Creative Strategies for Educational Leaders3.0
    EDUC 802Using and Integrating Learning Technologies3.0
    EDUC 804Program Evaluation in Organizations3.0
    EDUC 845Transformative Leadership: Finding One's Source3.0
    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 837Advanced Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis3.0
    EDUC 880Doctoral Seminar (EdD)1.5
    EdD Candidacy Courses  
    EDUC 997Doctoral Dissertation6.0
    Total Credits60.5-61.5

    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 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

    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

    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

    Educational Policy  
    EDPO 620Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications3.0
    EDPO 624The Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces, Interest Groups, and Politics3.0
    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

    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

    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

    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 if you've already earned a master's degree in Human Resource Development. 

    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 
    EDEX 710School Law & Policy in Special Education3.0
    EDEX 712Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education3.0
    EDEX 714Development, Supervision, & Support: Special Education Leadership3.0
    EDEX 716Organization & Administration of Special Education3.0
    Supervisor of Special Education Internship Courses 
    EDEX 721Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Special Education Leadership1.0
    EDEX 722Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Instructional Leadership1.0
    EDEX 723Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Collaboration & Personnel1.0
    EDEX 724Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Finance & Management1.0
    Total Credits16.0

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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

    Readmission Instructions

    If you have already taken graduate level coursework at Drexel, you may apply directly to the School of Education. Please follow the instructions below:

    1. Print and complete the Readmission Form
    2. Gather all required materials, including the Readmission Form, into one complete package. Letters of recommendation must remain in their original sealed envelopes.
    3. Send the package to:

      Drexel University School of Education
      EdD Department
      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 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

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