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EdD in Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation

You may truly enjoy your current role in education, government, or another sector, but perhaps you’re interested in mastering of a variety of subjects so you can successfully analyze and address the complex challenges facing your organization. Or perhaps you have ideas for a career move — department chair, supervisor, transition into administration — and you’re looking for a taste of each. In Concordia’s innovative Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation (PROLIT) EdD concentration, you can design a customized program of study that enhances your abilities and meets you where you are.

Offered 100 percent online, our EdD in Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation program gives candidates the opportunity to choose doctoral coursework outside of a predefined, specific curriculum. In doing so, you’re able to dig deeper into various passions, gain exposure to areas you’re unfamiliar with, and ultimately use what you learn through this prestigious terminal degree program to better position yourself for career success and meeting specific educational goals.

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
March 2nd
MODALITIES
Online
Campus
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 Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation Concentration Objectives

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

  • Want to improve marketability in an ever-changing landscape of occupational opportunities
  • Need to learn and apply a variety of leadership skills in disparate environments
  • Are employed in a leadership position requiring diverse and distinct knowledge and skills
  • Require updated skills to create a better leadership fit in their current position
  • Want to take advantage of a self-initiated and self-tailored course of study
  • Aspire to an enhanced leadership position requiring a different skill base
  • Need expertise in a variety of areas in order to analyze complex challenges

The Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation concentration is ideal for:

Candidates from governmental, community/nonprofit, religious, and other sectors who want to gain in-depth knowledge to further enhance their high-level problem-solving, decision-making, and collaborative skills.

3TOPHD®

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.

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Earn your EdD in Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation in three years.

CORE & CONCENTRATION COURSES

Candidates in the Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation concentration will select 4 courses (total of 12 credit hours) from Concordia's Ed.D. concentration course offering. Courses in the existing Administrative Leadership concentration  cannot be selected.

Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation Year 1
21 credits

CONCENTRATION & RESEARCH COURSES

Candidates in the Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation concentration will select 4 courses (total of 12 credit hours) from Concordia's Ed.D. concentration course offering. Courses in the existing Administrative Leadership concentration cannot be selected.

Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation 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.

It isn’t just a university. It isn’t just a program. You are going to work with people that will feel like family.
DR. LISA FEE, EdD in Higher Education '17

Concordia University's Virtual Residency Advantage

With our EdD program’s innovative Virtual Residency feature, you’re able to earn your EdD in Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation 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
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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