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.
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.
- 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:
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 interseted 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.
|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
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.
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.
Kristen Betts, Ed.D.
2018-2019 Academic Year
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