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.
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.
As the cornerstone of our innovative education model, 3toPhD®, our College of Education is co-located with a diverse preK-8 public school, a dental and health care clinic run by Kaiser Permanente, a dedicated onsite counselor from Trillium Family Services, and a food pantry that ensures no child or family goes hungry. 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.
Our curriculum, in turn, is informed by what we learn daily through our collaboration with the co-located school. And our courses always reflect the latest research, trends, and practices in education.READ MORE ABOUT 3toPhD
CORE & CONCENTRATION COURSES
CONCENTRATION & RESEARCH COURSES
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.
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.MORE INFO
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
“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.