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Doctor of Education (EdD) - School Leadership

Why choose a degree in School Leadership at Saint Leo?

The College of Education & Social Services' online Doctorate of Education in School Leadership provides an advanced study for those who are interested in advancing their education career, growing their knowledge base, and enhancing their professional practice.

Graduates of the EdD program with a concentration in School leadership can expect to have acquired and honed the skills necessary to become top organizational leaders within K-12 schools and similar organizations. Saint Leo is excited and honored to take an active part in that growth, which is why this degree is now offered via the school’s convenient online format (along with one, on-campus residency held in July).

Entry into this program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to effectively engage all of the educational stakeholders involved with the achievement of student, school, and organizational success. Graduates of this EdD program are tomorrow’s leaders in school improvement. Leaders with the ability to critically analyze and solve problems. Leaders capable of creating and sustaining key partnerships.

This program is 60 hours in length and can be completed within three years by attending classes in fall, spring, and summer terms.

Why choose the Doctorate of Education in School Leadership at Saint Leo?

One factor that is unique and exciting about this program and sets it apart from many other programs out there is that, instead of schoolwork being an obligation that is in direct competition with the student’s work schedule, it actually functions in unison with it. This is because this program was designed in a way where course assignments and projects (including dissertation) can be easily integrated into a work environment.

Additionally, the EdD program with a concentration in School Leadership is a cohort model, providing the flexibility of online courses with a residency held in July. This enables students to customize the coursework to their home and work schedules, while still providing the opportunity to engage with one another, further actualizing their course, program, and professional goals.

Students are also offered continual support as they pursue their EdD, School Leadership degree. This support is available during the life of the program, which consists of courses being offered every eight weeks so students are able to complete this advanced program within three years.

Another notable differentiation is that dissertation chairs are assigned early in the program. These chairs work along with the instructors, providing maximum benefit for the students as they work toward the completion of 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. All of our online students receive the same educational degrees as campus-based students, benefiting from faculty who are experienced professionals.

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.

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Where can you work with a degree in School Leadership?

School Leadership is used to create education and training programs for schools, private companies, and agencies. If you're interested in developing materials to help others learn, and you have an aptitude for technology, you may find new career opportunities as a:

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

Professional Development

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

  • Licensure readiness: Students acquire the information and skills required to pass state licensure exams as dictated by each individual state’s Department of Education.
  • Providing elevated results: Whether your goal is to engage adult learners, manage systemic change, or assess progress through cyclic strategic planning (or all three), this program will provide the education necessary to be as successful as you can be in all of these areas.
  • Access to the most current information: The EdD with a concentration in School Leadership curriculum was developed from the most recent national standards for educational administrators as set by the National Policy Board for Educational Administrators (NPBEA). These are called the Professional Standards for Education Leaders, or PSEL, and incorporate recent research regarding how to create a learning environment that delivers the most effective and consistent results.
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