Department of Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership (DEL) assumes a leading role locally, nationally and internationally in preparing a new generation of transformative educational leaders and policy analysts committed to the pursuit of scholarship and serving those most in need. 

Unique cohort model

Upon entering the program, students become part of a cohort who work together for the duration of the program. This model helps to encourage a more dynamic, supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Choose between the EdD or PhD

The EdD path seeks to prepare reflective practitioners with the leadership and management skills necessary to transform educational institutions and improve student learning in a variety of school environments.

The PhD path is designed for those who wish to combine a strong base of theoretical knowledge with an individualized focus to analyze policy about PreK-12, postsecondary and adult learning environments.

What can you do with an EdD or Phd

The doctoral program prepares future practitioners and scholars who will work in a variety of positions.

  • academic researchers
  • administrators 
  • educational consultants
  • educational theorists
  • executives in leadership roles
  • policy makers
  • professors

The program, which is designed to be completed in four years, gives students the opportunity to earn either an EdD or PhD. The application deadline is April 30th.

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