Leadership and Innovation, EdD

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The Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation prepares educators working in a range of settings to transform their practice and create better learning opportunities for all students. The EdD is an award-winning, cohort-based degree offered in on-campus and online formats, each with similar coursework and structure. Beginning as a teacher, teacher-leader, principal, superintendent, higher education professional or educator-leader in another context, you’ll complete coursework that deepens your ability to lead change and implement innovation in your local educational organizations.

The EdD focuses on action research, with options for advancing your professional studies in pre-K–12 change leadership; higher education change leadership; and systems, professional and reimagined change leadership. You’ll conduct multiple cycles of inquiry throughout the program, learning research within your own workplace. As part of a leader-scholar community formed at the end of your first year, you’ll share your research each semester through roundtables, posters and symposia in a public doctoral research forum. The culminating requirement is an action-research dissertation.

Plan of study

Total hours: 60 when you enter the program with a master's degree in a related discipline (30 credit hours)

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Locations & start dates

West campus (Summer)
Online (Fall, Spring and Summer)

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Admission requirements

You must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and MLFTC.

You must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in your master’s degree coursework.

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