EdS 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 EdS in Administrative Leadership.

Concordia’s EdS 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 that directly relate to their careers.

Through intensive curricula, scholarly discussions, and a nurturing faculty of highly regarded instructors, our EdS program produces leaders who inspire ethical change. Each of our five fully online, leadership-focused concentrations 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
April 27th
MODALITIES
Online
Campus
Program Length Less than two years
Credits 36
Cost Per Credit $880
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* $4,000
100% online
100% online with no dissertation requirement
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 less than 2 years
20,000 alumni
Over 20,000 College of Education alumni
Faith-based university
Nonprofit, private, and faith-based university

OBJECTIVES

EdS in Administrative Leadership Concentration Objectives

In addition to meeting the goals and objectives set forth for Concordia’s EdS 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
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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

Career Outcomes

The Administrative Leadership concentration is ideal for:

  • Chief Executives
  • Department Heads
  • Law Enforcement Administrators
  • Leaders of Organizations Formed to Administer School Functions
  • Health Care Administrators
  • High-level Non-school Managers
  • Organizational Officers
  • Owners of NGOs
  • Principals (with at least 3 years administrative experience)
  • Program Administrators
  • Superintendents
  • Supervisors

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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Course Descriptions

Earn your EdS in Administrative Leadership in less than two years

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  • YEAR 1
  • YEAR 2

CORE & CONCENTRATION COURSES

Administrative Leadership Year 1
21 credits

CONCENTRATION & RESEARCH COURSES

EdS Admin Leadership Year 2
15 credits