Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Change begins here.

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Change begins here. Are you ready to lead?

Together, we are pioneering transformational change in educational leadership. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University empowers leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to guide organizations and institutions in an era of unprecedented change.

The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership is intended for leadership professionals who wish to accelerate, elevate or enhance their career paths or who seek positions of authority in education, healthcare, social services or a variety of community-based and non-profit organizations. Graduates are prepared for leadership and management positions in public and private educational agencies and associations. As scholars they contribute significantly to the understanding and improvement of educational leadership. The accelerated program is designed to be completed in three years and is delivered fully online in an asynchronous, engaging learning platform.

Our Ed.D. students benefit from a unique curriculum that combines rigorous practice-based instruction and research in leadership and change. We partner with our exceptional students as they undergo deep and lasting transformation through a quality, caring and immersive educational experience. We are passionate about helping them realize their full potential as transformational leaders and invite you to contact us to explore your own goals for the future.

About the Ed.D. Program

Students are organized into learning cohorts and progress through the program at the same pace. Discipline-based learning objectives are integrated and reinforced through rigorous coursework that is tied to real-world applications. Highly interactive classes are characterized by small and whole group discussions, case studies and group projects. Scholarship and practice culminate in the dissertation.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Manage public and private educational agencies and associations.
  • Conduct highly-respected scholarly research.
  • Lead organizations through constructive change.
  • Contribute significantly to knowledge in the field of post-secondary education.
  • Expand on theories, concepts and methodologies in organization development.
  • Collaborate with a close-knit group of accomplished peers and faculty.

Program Format

Year One

During the first year of the program, students complete foundational courses providing a strong knowledge base in the principles and practices of doctoral study, educational leadership and organizational change.

Year Two

In the second year, study advances to current topics and trends in leadership, technology, student services, curriculum, teaching, learning and resource and people management. The major theme is leading organizations through constructive change. Work begins on the dissertation from the first year so that students may complete requirements in 42 months.

Year Three

Dissertation preparation and research extend through the program. By the third year, students are actively engaged in completing a dissertation. Related to the student's specialized interests, the study is expected to constitute a significant contribution to knowledge in the field of educational leadership and change. Candidates are expected to relate this knowledge to the theories, concepts and methodologies of their study in organization development, and include implications for further research and theory development. The dissertation is presented and defended at the final oral defense.


The American Council on Education is the premier organization in the field of higher education and its membership consists of presidents and chancellors from all types of institutions across the United States and globally. This organization provides a venue for leaders in the field to grapple with key issues in higher education.

Although attendance at one of the American Council on Education national meetings is not a requirement for our Ed.D. students, it is strongly encouraged since it allows our students to leave thinking differently about the state of higher education and further motivated to explore innovative ways to address many of the challenges facing higher education today. Students are also expected to leave the American Council on Education conference with potential research topics that may evolve into highly relevant and evocative dissertations.

The Academy of Management is the preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars and provides another opportunity for our students to network and engage with scholar-practitioners from across different disciplines. AOM's global members are professors and doctoral students in a variety of social sciences and practitioners who value knowledge creation and application.

Learn more about our online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program by calling (866) 295-3104, or request more information here.