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This Is How Concordia’s Doctorate of Education Program Defines A Great Leader

By The Room 241 Team December 19, 2017

Although every prospective Doctorate of Education candidate has their own personal and professional reasons for advancing their career, and while they hail from a variety of different workplace settings—schools, hospitals, nonprofits—for the most part, it’s safe to say that most share something very special in common: they’re eager to lead.

Is it your turn now to step forward as a leader? Or if you already have, are you yearning to enhance your work in more meaningful and practical ways? If so, choosing the right EdD program is a good first step. To determine which EdD program is the best fit for you, from all of the quality universities that offer this degree, we recommend finding out how each school defines a leader.

Yes, you’re ready to lead. You may already be in a position of influence. But either way, to truly find value in your EdD experience and feel transformed by the lessons you absorb and the connections you make, it’s important to understand what kind of leader you’ll become from a particular program, and if your background and passion are the right fit to help you thrive.

How Concordia’s EdD program defines a great leader

At Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education, our EdD candidates enter the program with the potential for leadership and graduate as leaders with the following qualities and abilities.

We believe leaders have tolerance for ambiguity and discomfort. They possess a humility and willingness to lead within a “gray” zone. They have sharp social science skills, are amicable reasoners, and embrace inclusion.

Great leaders have a firm grasp on reality, and exude dignity, grace, and generosity at every turn—exactly how Concordia approaches problems and delivers solutions.

Great leaders are collaborative, open to ideas, and welcome critique if it helps them become more effective—which is why our faculty members give plenty of comments along with their grades, and our best students take them to heart and grow from there. Leadership, after all, is movement with other human beings.

But perhaps most importantly, we believe leaders demonstrate stability in times of difficulty and complexity—a trait that, in today’s volatile world, has never been more important. And whereas other EdD programs may encourage their leaders to have the loudest voice in the room, we want our graduates to have the most reasonable voice. To have compassion and stability.

That being said, we never confuse stability with immobility; we believe that a leader can be stable in motion.

Is our EdD program right for you?

If our definition of leadership aligns with your vision for where you head next in your career, and if you’re looking to make more positive changes in your local district or workplace, we invite you to explore Concordia.

We are a collaborative community of scholar-practitioners, who seek to possess a broad set of gifts that will enable us to bring increasing, positive benefits to the world. That’s why our program’s conceptual framework is founded on the core principles of: democratic participation; ethical formation; and leadership, inquiry, and transformation.

With nearly 30 full-time faculty chairs and a 100-year history of preparing educators, our EdD program is bolstered by extensive knowledge and experience. And our community of forward-thinking professionals includes approximately 60 on-campus EdD candidates and 1,400 online EdD candidates.

Each of our five leadership-focused concentrations is offered 100% online—so you can log in at any time of day to connect with your professors and fellow candidates. All you need to take the first step is an internet connection, an open mind, and the desire to influence the future of education. Concordia will walk with you through your journey of earning your EdD and support you through all of your hard work.

Let’s connect

We believe in creating transformative educators who engage in reflection, cultivate professional discourse, collaborate purposefully, turn theory into practice, and create partnerships.

On that last note, let’s create ours.

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