Leadership and Innovation, EdD

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The Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation is an award-winning degree program that prepares educators working in a range of settings to transform their practice and create better learning opportunities for students of all ages. 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 is a three-year, cohort-based degree offered in two formats — hybrid (a combination of campus and online) and 100-percent online — with similar coursework and structure and taught by the same faculty. It focuses on research in action, 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. Leader Scholar Communities, formed with the fifth term, comprise five to seven students and one faculty member, meeting regularly to offer academic and personal support. You’ll share your research each semester in a variety of formats including yearly symposia in the public Doctoral Research Conference. The culminating requirement is an action-research dissertation.

 New hybrid cohort forming for May 2022 

The Leadership for Equity And Diversity in Special-Education-Administrators (LEADS) cohort will prepare special education leaders to effectively support culturally and linguistically diverse PreK–12 students with disabilities in high-need communities. Seven students will be selected to join and receive funding for tuition. Learn more

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

Hybrid: West campus, Summer
Online: Fall and Spring

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January 18, 2022

The Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation (EdD) program at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is an award-winning degree program that prepares educators working...


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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