EdS in Instructional Leadership

In some states, teachers are required to further their education to move up the pay scale — but if you’re like many educators, you might want to advance your education simply to become a more effective teacher and leader. Whether you’re looking to stay in the classroom, potentially working at the collegiate level later in life, or just want to get better at instruction and guiding others to improve, our EdS in Instructional Leadership is for you.

Concordia’s non-licensure EdS concentration in Instructional Leadership will develop your skills and capacity to positively impact practice, programs, and policy. You’ll also graduate with a deeper understanding of how to analyze and improve the college readiness of students, and how to improve your workplace’s culture overall.

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 Instructional Leadership Concentration Objectives

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

  • Design and conduct reliable and accurate assessments of student learning
  • Apply the principles and methods of servant leadership to effect organizational change without authority
  • Understand how to foster healthy family, school, and community partnerships through trust and collaboration
  • Communicate clearly and effectively within the organization and with outside stakeholders about critical topics in education
  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses of American public and private educational systems with international models
  • Understand the dynamics of change leadership and how to encourage personal and professional development in teachers
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When you celebrate and recognize educators the way Concordia does, it gives educators that motivation and sense of value that what I'm doing makes a difference in the lives of my community.
WILKIE V LAW, III, EdD in Instructional Leadership

Career Outcomes

The Instructional Leadership concentration is ideal for:

Candidates who plan on leadership roles, including:

  • team leaders
  • department heads
  • instructional coaches
  • staff developers
  • mentors
  • teachers on special assignment

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 Instructional Leadership in less than two years

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  • YEAR 1
  • YEAR 2

CORE & CONCENTRATION COURSES

Instructional Leadership Year 1
21 credits

CONCENTRATION & RESEARCH COURSES

EdS Instructional Leadership Year 2
15 credits