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EdD in Administrative Leadership

When you know something well, you’re one of many. When you know something inside and out, like the back of your hand — you’re the one people think of first. But that only matters if the guidance you provide comes from a place of confidence, compassion, and conviction. For a principal, a superintendent, or even a leader in non-educational settings, one of the most esteemed and effective ways to strengthen the skills you already have and be a leader who can genuinely connect with others is to earn an EdD in Administrative Leadership.

Concordia’s EdD concentration in Administrative Leadership is designed to provide current administrators with additional knowledge and expertise to positively impact the school, district, or organization in which they work. In addition to developing their executive leadership traits in critical thinking, informed decision-making, and more, candidates are charged with applying innovation to sustained critical issues and completing dissertations that directly relate to their careers.

Through intensive curricula, scholarly discussions, and a nurturing faculty of highly regarded instructors, our EdD program produces leaders who inspire ethical change. Each of our five fully online, leadership-focused concentrations incorporates a unique Virtual Residency component, is comprised of eight-week classes and is limited in class size to support quality and collaboration. Accredited, nonprofit, and private, Concordia has been developing leaders since 1905.

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NEXT START DATE
January 6th
MODALITIES
Online
Program Length 3 Years
Credits 59 Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit $880
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $6,000
100% online
100% online with a Virtual Residency
Updated curriculum
Current and relevant curriculum
NWCCU
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Respected
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Time to completion
Complete in 3 years
20,000 alumni
Over 20,000 College of Education alumni
Faith-based university
Nonprofit, private, and faith-based university

OBJECTIVES

EdD in Administrative Leadership Concentration Objectives

In addition to meeting the goals and objectives set forth for Concordia’s doctoral program, the Administrative Leadership concentration develops transformative leaders who:

  • Exhibit executive leadership traits like critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and informed decision-making
  • Understand the principles of effectively leading a learning community across diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and linguistic barriers
  • Demonstrate an ability to embrace the often chaotic nature of education management and discover solutions “in the whitewater”
  • Engage in democratic participation to reframe the discourse and forces that influence the policies and practices of the American education
  • Translate scholarly research and analysis into meaningful action
  • Foster an organizational culture of accountability and transparency that encourages curiosity, creativity, and entrepreneurship at every level

The Administrative Leadership concentration is ideal for:

Chief executives, superintendents, high-level non-school managers, supervisors, owners of NGOs, leaders of organizations formed to administer school functions, program administrators, organizational officers, department heads, law enforcement administrators, health care administrators, and certainly experienced and licensed principals with at least 3 years administrative experience.

3TOPHD®

The 3toPhD® campus is home to our College of Education as well as Faubion School — and its 800+ pre-Kindergarten through 8th-grade students. This means that as an MAT student, your classrooms are just down the hall from their classrooms — creating a highly contextualized learning experience.

The 3toPhD® educational model powerfully demonstrates not only innovation in practice but also compassion in action — a collaborative effort to strengthen the community from the ground up.

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Earn your EdD in Administrative Leadership in three years

CORE & CONCENTRATION COURSES

Administrative Leadership Year 1
21 credits

CONCENTRATION & RESEARCH COURSES

Administrative Leadership Year 2
17 credits

DISSERTATION

Year 3
3 credits

As the culmination of their doctoral program, the dissertations of our EdD candidates are a showcase of their scholarly skills, diligence, and intellect. Click here to browse and read their impressive dissertations.

As I embarked on my first year of the EdD program at Concordia Portland, I can honestly say I was feeling the value of it just in how I was growing as a student, as an educator, as a person, as a thinker.
DR. CAMILLE SCHULER, EdD in Teacher Leadership '18

Concordia University's Virtual Residency Advantage

With our EdD program’s innovative Virtual Residency feature, you’re able to earn your EdD in Administrative Leadership completely online — without having to sacrifice time away from your family, work, and other obligations.

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What’s a Virtual Residency?

The focal point of any doctoral program is the residency. Since Concordia Portland’s online EdD is aimed at the practitioner-scholar who already balances career, family, and other responsibilities, we designed a doctoral residency that can be completed anywhere, anytime, and completely online.

HOW IT WORKS

How does the Virtual Residency work?

  • It utilizes an orientation module to introduce new doctoral candidates to a rigorous course of study and identifies resources needed to engage fully in the doctoral experience
  • It employs the cohort model to generate a source of sustained collaboration and support among peers
  • It provides interactive group projects designed to build community, cooperation, and creativity
  • It provides networking opportunities embedded in proposal and dissertation development, which creates pride, fellowship, and esprit de corps with faculty, dissertation chairs, and fellow students in a cohort
WHY IT WORKS

“It appears clear that one of the main reasons almost 50 percent of students don’t finish their doctoral work is that they don’t have adequate support,” says Dr. Jerry McGuire, Emeritus Professor and former Director of Doctoral Studies at Concordia University-Portland.

As part of our Virtual Residency, students have a rich and expansive support system; they’re linked to mentors who can guide them throughout the program and the doctoral dissertation process.

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