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Educational Leadership (EdD)

​​​Schools, academia and community organizations are complex institutions in need of exceptional leaders who make informed decisions, analyze policy and take responsible action. They must be able to examine the human, organizational, political, social and technical systems of institutions with an educational mission and be committed to the advancement and transformation of education at the local, regional and national levels.

The Educational Leadership doctoral program provides a rich knowledge base to analyze administrative practices and promote socially just leadership of schools and organizations with an educational purpose. Candidates bring their own particular areas of administrative interest and experience to the program, creating a rich cross-disciplinary basis for discussions, and often, a focus for research.

Graduates of the program may enter a new career or strengthen their current position. They may assume faculty positions in higher education, take leadership positions in local and state education agencies, or become leaders in educational policy and advocacy in organizations and institutions.

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its admission requirements and find out how to apply​.

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Education (E​dD)​
Additional Optio​ns​​: Principal PreparationSuperintendent, or Teacher Leader​

Program Format

Our education doctoral program offers courses in the evening to accommodate working professionals. The program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow. All classes meet at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus.


An Illinois Superintendent endorsement is available through the program for students who already hold a Principal license (formerly called a Type 75 certificate) with the State of Illinois. Students who have not already earned this credential may qualify for it through the doctoral program by taking both coursework required for the EdD and additional coursework required for Principal licensure.

Program Requirements

The Educational Leadership doctoral program includes 76 quarter hours of coursework in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education, Research Methodology, Curriculum Studies and Educational Leadership. In addition, the doctorate requires a candidacy paper, a dissertation proposal and an oral dissertation defense.

Candidates who wish to earn Principal licensure must complete an internship and additional coursework.

Candidates who already hold Principal licensure and wish to earn the Superintendent endorsement must complete an internship.​​​