Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Lead Powerful Change

Online Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

Balance mission-driven leadership and data-driven practice to lead powerful changes in higher education, as well as fields as diverse as healthcare and IT.

In Benedictine University's online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program, you can transform from a polished professional to an accomplished leader who can lead change, positively impact culture, and build a skillset that makes you unique in the job market.

You will explore leadership development, technology, critical inquiry, thinking and analysis, self-reflection, and educational and organizational development. You can complete this accelerated online program in just three years.

Program Highlights

  • Diverse Cohort. Students include professionals in education, technology, healthcare, and business.
  • Proven, Interdisciplinary Curriculum. The program's foundation combines coursework in organizational change, mission-driven leadership, and data-driven practice.
  • Career-Based Outcomes. Build skills to overcome today's complex issues and prepare for future challenges.
  • Learn Online. Complete coursework when and where it's most convenient for you.

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A Curriculum That Empowers You

While many leadership degrees exist for educational professionals, Benedictine's rigorous program teaches a powerful combination of academic leadership and change management, so you become a leader who can manage mission and marketability in tandem.

The Ed.D. degree is built on a foundation of organization development, change theory and leadership, and educational research to provide you with the skills to affect or respond to higher education issues like the politics of education policy.

The culminating element of the program, your dissertation, is an opportunity to explore your interests and make a significant contribution to your field or the broader discipline of educational leadership.

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Career-Driven Program Outcomes

The Ed.D. program coursework is designed to prepare you for the rigorous challenges you could face as you develop and implement strategically focused projects, manage personnel, and create policies and changes within your organization.

While 80 percent of our graduates work in education, the degree also empowers careers in healthcare, IT, and nonprofits. Learn more about where this program can take your career on the career outlook.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Manage public and private education agencies and associations
  • Conduct highly respected scholarly research
  • Lead organizations through transformative change
  • Make significant knowledge contributions in the field of post-secondary education
  • Expand on theories, concepts, and methodologies in organization development

Learn From Distinguished Faculty

Our Ed.D. faculty has practiced in diverse areas throughout the corporate world and higher education. Their expertise provides you with in-depth insights that can help you explore the direct correlation between theory and real-world experiences and transition lessons into data-driven decision-making.

All of the faculty in this program have an Ed.D. or Ph.D. themselves — so they understand first-hand the commitment you're making in earning your Ed.D., and they are excited and dedicated to help you succeed.

What Graduates Say

"The Ed.D. program at Benedictine gave me the foundation I needed to be a higher education leader." — Tanya M. Spilovoy, Ed.D., '13; Director, Distance Education and State Authorization at North Dakota University System

"I fused my passion for higher education and the world outside of education in a way I never thought imaginable. The Ed.D. program gave me the competence, confidence, and credibility to follow my passion." — Matthew Allen Woolsey, Ed.D., '12; Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant, & Professional Trainer; Managing Director of Matthew Allen Woolsey Consulting

"Throughout my time in the program, I changed positions twice. Each time, I was able to immediately apply what I was learning to my role in budgeting, technology and change ... I learned more applicable and transferable skills than I would have gained from another institution." — Lisa Haas, Ed.D., '15; Assistant Professor, Director of Learning Solutions at Colorado Technical University.

Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow

Take the next steps to achieve your goals and create positive change. Learn more about the online Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University.

Call (866) 295-3104 today to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.