EdS in Higher Education

It’s an incredible time to work in higher education. Faced with sliding enrollments, increased competition, and shrinking endowments, institutions are making innovative moves to defend their value. Medical schools are integrating with art schools. Universities are bringing their best programs online. More colleges are opening satellite campuses overseas. If you’ve ever wanted to make your mark in higher ed, now is the time. The floor is yours — and with an EdS in Higher Education from Concordia University, people will listen.

This EdS concentration includes an emphasis on both higher education administration and higher education instruction, and is designed to prepare servant-leaders for leadership, teaching, and service positions in colleges, universities, community colleges, governmental agencies, educational associations, and other public and private postsecondary educational settings.

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 Higher Education Concentration Objectives

In addition to meeting the goals and objectives set forth for Concordia’s EdS program, the Higher Education concentration develops transformative leaders who:

  • Understand the history of American higher education and how it relates to the critical issues facing academia today
  • Carefully evaluate research findings to make evidence-based strategic decisions
  • Recognize proven leadership and management strategies for successfully managing diverse and complex organizations
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complex financial realities of higher education, and the factors that affect long-term financial viability
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different curriculum design and instructional models
  • Acknowledge the transformational power of technology and strategically adopt proven innovations in teaching and learning
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Knowing what I know now has changed my entire perspective on teaching and education as a whole. I love Concordia's online program.
JOHN HOSKINS, EdD in Higher Education

Career Outcomes

The Higher Education concentration is ideal for:

Professionals who plan to pursue careers in:

  • teaching
  • admissions
  • student services
  • student records
  • intercollegiate athletics administration
  • campus facilities
  • university business offices
  • institutional advancement
  • institutional research
  • other administrative and support services in higher education

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 Higher Education in less than two years

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  • YEAR 1
  • YEAR 2

CORE & CONCENTRATION COURSES

Higher Education Year 1
21 credits

CONCENTRATION & RESEARCH COURSES

EdS Higher Ed Year 2
15 credits