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Online Doctorate in Education Leadership - School Leadership Concentration

Why Choose an Online Doctorate in Education Leadership at Saint Leo?

If you are ready to advance your teaching career, an online doctorate in education leadership at Saint Leo University will help you do just that. The College of Education & Social Services' online Doctorate in Education with a concentration in School Leadership provides an advanced study program for those interested in furthering their education career, growing their knowledge base, and enhancing their professional practice.

Completing the online Doctorate in Education - EdD in School Leadership program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively engage educational stakeholders, promoting the success and achievement of students, schools, or other institutions. Graduates of Saint Leo’s EdD program are tomorrow’s leaders in school improvement. These leaders will critically analyze and solve problems while creating and sustaining key partnerships.

Our EdD program graduates can expect to have acquired and refined the skills necessary for becoming organizational leaders, particularly, in the K-12 school setting. We're excited and honored for the privilege of taking part in this critical area of professional development. For this purpose, we are now offering the EdD through our flexible and convenient online format (along with one, on-campus residency held in July).

The online Doctorate in Education program is 57hours with courses in fall, spring, and summer terms. Depending on each student's availability, our EdD School Leadership concentration can be completed in a three-year period.

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The Doctor of Education with a concentration in School Leadership is only offered online. However, there is also a one week, on-campus residency in July. Our online learning format allows students to earn an advanced degree while maintaining their home and work obligations.

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Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), This means that Saint Leo has satisfied the Commission’s requirements regarding its mission, resources, educational objectives, and achievement assessment. According to SACS, adhering to these requirements is, “a statement of the institution’s continuing commitment to integrity and its capacity to provide effective programs and services based on agreed-upon accreditation standards.”

Program Features & Differentiators

One exciting factor, unique to Saint Leo’s online doctorate in education leadership, is that instead of schoolwork being a requirement in direct competition with students’ work schedules, they function in unison. For this purpose, our online EdD program was designed for course assignments and projects (including dissertation) to integrate with students’ work environments.

Additionally, the online EdD in School Leadership concentration is a cohort model. This provides the opportunity for candidates to engage with one another, further actualizing their course program, and professional goals. The online program also offers flexibility and convenience for students to coordinate coursework with their home and work schedules.

Furthermore, students are offered continual support while pursuing their EdD in School Leadership. Dissertation chairs are assigned early in the EdD program, working alongside instructors, these individuals offer a great benefit for students as they work toward completing their dissertation.

Flexibility for the working professional

Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there. Turn any computer into a vibrant interactive classroom – day or night. Set your own weekly study schedule anywhere, anytime. Our online students receive the same educational degrees as campus-based students and benefit from experienced faculty.

Learning Outcomes

The online Doctorate in Education - EdD School Leadership concentration courses will prepare graduates to:

  • Demonstrate the abilities required to complete applied research strategies
  • Improve outcomes for students across all grades
  • Lead schools and districts
  • Manage change through data-informed decision making
  • Facilitate successful teams of stakeholders, resulting in the ability to obtain and sustain school and student success
  • Develop research-based school cultures that fully support successful student outcomes
  • Identify needs, implement programs to address those needs, and sustain positive change based on data collection, analysis, and research
  • Identify key components of human resources, finance, operations, transportation, and grant development for comprehensive support to the student, school, and district outcomes

Course Highlights

The primary goal for this advanced online degree is preparing candidates to become understanding and effective leaders of tomorrow. Our online doctoral program provides the knowledge and skills needed to engage all stakeholders for student, school, and organizational (district) success.

Graduates of the online Doctorate in Education become leaders in school improvement. Their skill sets include creating and sustaining partnerships; exercising critical thinking skills while analyzing and solving problems; effectively identifying and applying components of action research, using change theory, strategic planning, and collaborative decision making.

Below is a list of courses students will complete for the online Liberal Studies degree. For a complete overview of required courses for our EdD program, including individual course descriptions, please visit our Academic Catalog.

  • Assessment, Accountability and Analysis
  • Instructional Technology
  • Leading the School Organization
  • Doctoral Success Lab
  • Analytical Leadership
  • Building a Collaborative Culture
  • Diversity and Leadership
  • Educational Politics, Policy and Leadership
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Quantitative Design

Professional Development Opportunities

This advanced degree prepares graduates for careers in school leadership by enhancing personal development related to:

Licensure Readiness

Students acquire the knowledge needed to pass state licensing exams, per each state’s Department of Education.

Elevating Results

Whether your goal is to engage adult learners, manage systemic change, assess progress through cyclic strategic planning, or all three - this program will provide the education necessary to be successful in all of these areas.

Access to the Most Current Information

The curriculum for our online Doctor of Education - School Leadership concentration adheres to the most recent national standards for educational administrators. Known as the Professional Standards for Education Leaders, or PSEL- the National Policy Board for Educational Administrators (NPBEA) has established these 10 principles to incorporate recent research for creating learning environments that deliver the most effective and consistent results for students.

What can you do with a Doctorate in Education School Leadership concentration?

Earning an EdD with a concentration in School Leadership qualifies graduates for a number of different career tracks. Some to consider are:

  • School Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Director
  • Principal
  • Executive Director of an Organization
  • Academic-Higher Education


online Doctor of Education graduate - Tara Shemwick-Brewer

“My experience has exceeded all my expectations. It has been so rewarding and has created great friendships and resources to help further my career. Building relationships is the key to success, and this program has gone above that to make this happen.”

Tara Shemwick-Brewer



online Doctorate in Education graduate - Jennifer Mills

“Saint Leo provides a flexible setting that suits my busy life,” Mills says. “This program allows me to meet my educational goals while balancing career and family.”

Jennifer Mills



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Contact your Graduate Admissions for more information on fitting a Doctor of Education degree into your life.

Additional education, licensure or certifications, and work experience may be required.

Please note that accepted candidates for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) program, in the continuation of the admission process, are required to pay a non-refundable $250 Commitment Tuition Deposit. This deposit will be applied toward the first term tuition enrollment. Click here to submit your Commitment Tuition Deposit now. 

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