EdD Educational Leadership

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Our Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) is designed to provide advanced preparation for educational leaders (principals, curriculum specialists, teacher educators, and program evaluators with leadership and policy responsibilities) in formal settings in United States, Canadian, Indigenous, and Catholic pre-K-12 school settings. This 51-credit program is delivered across 7 semesters through traditional face-to-face methods, combined with hybrid and online instruction, in a way that enables candidates to continue working in their professions as they complete their doctoral studies. This terminal degree prepares candidates for administrative, academic, professional, and research positions in education, civil organizations, private organizations, and public institutions. In American universities, the EdD is also recognized as qualification for appointment as a professor.

Why Choose Gonzaga's EdD?
  • Our program is delivered in a hybrid fashion that enables candidates to continue working in their professions as they complete their doctoral studies. As a candidate, you will attend classes in-person on our campus during summers; collaborate with your advisor in an online environment during fall and spring; and work continuously with a field-based mentor as an internship.

  • Candidates choose an area of interest to focus on through the duration of the program. Areas of interest are: 1) Pre-K-12 school leadership; 2) Educational Leadership among Indigenous Peoples; and 3) Leadership in Catholic schools. Your advisor and field-based mentor will assist you as you develop your capstone in your chosen area.

  • Our curriculum is designed to practically fit your education into your everyday life. This program is grounded in your work and allows you to practice what you have learned while you are learning it.

  • This program is a 51-credit, terminal degree that can be completed in 7 semesters and is designed to fit within your already busy life!

  • Courses are delivered in a cohort-style. All candidates take the same courses together throughout the program. This dynamic builds rapport, trust, and a network of like-minded professionals that you can rely on as you progress in your career.

Capstone project

The EdD program includes the completion of a capstone project through which candidates will engage in scholarly inquiry to analyze, evaluate, and effectively leverage data in order to deal with a problem of professional practice.  The capstone project will demonstrate a synthesis and culmination of the candidates’ work. The topic and format of the project will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee that consists of the instructor of the research course, the doctoral advisor, and a field-based mentor. The candidate will design, develop, and implement the doctoral project in collaboration with the instructor of the research course, the doctoral advisor, and a field-based mentor, based on the subject-area expertise required. The doctoral advisor, along with an appropriate faculty member and a field-based mentor, will serve as the advisors to the candidate during the Capstone process, and will serve as committee members for the final approval of the completed Capstone project.