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EdD - Educational Leadership

Capella University's Doctor of Education (EdD) with a specialization in Educational Leadership program is designed to help professionals build the skills needed to become leaders in elementary, middle, or high schools as well as postsecondary institutions. Read more about this doctorate program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students seeking to enter this EdD program should have current experience as an educator and possess strong decision-making, collaborative, and problem-solving skills. Applicants to Capella University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From change management practices to organizational theory, the Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership at Capella University offers students the opportunity to explore various managerial processes and concepts they could apply to academic leadership. Required courses might address the characteristics of leading organizations, practices for achieving organizational goals, performing needs assessments, organizational improvement strategies, and impacts on the roles of educational leaders. Other courses are likely to cover fundamental leadership principles in educational organizations, research methodologies, organizational dynamics, and program evaluation for improvement purposes. In the doctoral capstone, students apply research skills and an understanding of concepts discussed in the program to complete a project addressing and solving a concern within an organization, institution, or community.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

64 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership:

To earn this degree, students must complete five core courses, five specialization courses and a 24-credit doctoral project. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • Foundations of Doctoral Studies in Education
  • The Dynamics of Organizational Improvement
  • Investigating Problems of Practice
  • Research Design for Practitioners
  • Data Literacy for Leaders

Specialization Courses (20 credits)

  • Educational Leadership by Design
  • Leading a Culture of Learning and Inclusion
  • The Future of Educational Leadership
  • Change Leadership in a Learning Organization
  • Assessment and Evaluation in the Learning Organization

Doctoral Project (24 credits)

  • Students complete 24 credits as part of a doctoral project

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the EdD - Educational Leadership program might have developed the managerial skills needed to pursue administrative or directorial positions in academic institutions as well as government agencies, corporate HR departments, or nonprofit educational organizations. They might oversee educational program development, training and career development programs, community learning programs, or overall school operations at the preK-12 levels.

Career titles for these graduates might include:

  • Principal
  • School administrator
  • Chief academic officer
  • Chief learning officer
  • Community program director

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