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Advance Your Career with a Doctor of Education

Offered by the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education at USI, the 100% online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership will develop the tools you need to become an effective administrator and leader in today’s educational environments.

Our affordable and flexible program is designed for working professionals who have completed a master's degree from an accredited university in education or related field.

The EdD focuses on community-based education and offers three areas of concentration: School District Administrative Leadership (which leads to school district-level licensure), Higher Education Administrative Leadership, and Pedagogical Leadership.

Our program provides synchronous learning (meets Wednesday's 5:30-8:30pm CST) that is a personalized, interactive experience for each student. The program is cohort-based, with fall-only admission.

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What Can You Do With a Doctorate in Education?

Upon completion, you’ll discover new opportunities to careers such as: 

  1. Submit an online application, $40 application fee, and a list of 3 references (names, relation to you and email address). One must be an employment supervisor and the other two must be professional references.
  2. Upload the following to your application account:
    1. A current resume/curriculum vitae. The file should be a PDF and use the following naming convention: First Name Last Name EdD resume.pdf (example: Joe Smith EdD resume.pdf).
    2. A second PDF answering the following questions:
      • How do you foresee this program positively impacting your community?
      • What do you perceive as a major social justice issue in your field? How do you hope to address it?
      • How will your work contribute to equitable outcomes in education?
      • Imagine yourself in 5 years from now/after you graduate, what do you see yourself doing professionally and with whom will you be working with?
  3. Submit official transcripts to Graduate Studies.
  4. International applicants may be required to submit additional information.

Courses within the EdD are offered entirely online using a learning management system and videoconferencing. Classes meet on Wednesday evenings 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. CST. Access to a reliable computer with internet access, microphone, speakers and a camera are required. 

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Indiana is a cohort program based on a practitioner-scholar, community-based model. The purpose of the program is to transform leaders, organizations, and communities through focused, flexible study addressing real-world problems and issues. A unique characteristic of the program is a curriculum in which each course is community-based, i.e. course content is connected to the graduate student's community. Academic study is connected to concepts, issues, and content that are familiar, understandable, accessible, and personally relevant to each student. In each course, students will apply learning in practical real-life settings. The program of study includes an 18-hour leadership core, a 12-hour research sequence, the choice of a 15-hour concentration in administrative leadership or pedagogical leadership, and a 15-hour dissertation sequence. Both concentration areas include an internship.

Go Further with an Accredited Doctor of Education Online Program.

CAEP Accredited Provider Logo "Excellence in Educator Preparation Accreditation"Education licensure programs are approved by the Indiana Department of Education and are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Program Curriculum for the Doctor of Education (60 Credit Hours)

The program is cohort-based, with fall-only admission. The program is a 60 credit hour, post-master's degree. Please expand the following drop-downs for detailed information about the different curriculum areas. 

  • EDLE 725 - Becoming a Community-Based Educational Leader 
  • EDLE 731 - Analyzing Race, Class, and Gender Dynamics in American Schooling 
  • EDLE 705 - Introduction to Educational Research 
  • EDLE 706 - Statistical Literacy for Educational Leaders 
  • EDLE 707 - Survey of Qualitative Research Methods 
  • EDLE 708 - Advanced Research Methods and Design

Choose one specialization.

This specialization leads to school district-level licensure.

  • EDLE 726 - Legal and Ethical Issues for Educational Leaders
  • EDLE 727 - Special Education Policy and Practice
  • EDLE 728 - Evaluating School Effectiveness Through a Community Lens
  • EDLE 732 - Creating Community-Based Curricular Change
  • EDLE 755 - Orchestrating a Community-Based Educational Vision 
  • EDLE 756 - School Personnel Management 
  • EDLE 757 - Analytical Decision-Making 
  • EDLE 758 - School Finance
  • EDLE 760 - Internship in School District Administration
  • EDLE 723 - The History and Leadership of Higher Education
  • EDLE 724 - Policy and Practice in Higher Education
  • EDLE 742 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education
  • EDLE 743 - Organization and Management of Colleges and Universities
  • EDLE 744 - Technology & Organizational Innovation
  • EDLE 745 - Competitive Context of Higher Education
  • EDLE 746 - Budgeting and Finance in Higher Education
  • EDLE 748 - The College Student Experience
  • EDLE 780 - Internship in Higher Education Leadership
    • NOTE: EDLE 780 Internship in Higher Education Administration is taken Summer, Fall, and Spring for 1 credit hour for a total of 3 credit hours.

The following courses are required for the Pedagogical Leadership Concentration:

  • EDLE 732 - Creating Community-Based Curricular Change
  • EDLE 744 - Technology & Organizational Innovation
  • EDLE 762 - Curriculum Theory
  • EDLE 763 - Community-Based Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDLE 770 - Internship in Pedagogical Leadership*
    • NOTE: EDLE 770 Internship in Pedagogical Leadership is taken Summer, Fall, and Spring for 1 credit hour for a total of 3 credit hours.

You will then choose 4 courses from the following pairs:

  • EDLE 723 - The History and Leadership of Higher Education OR
    EDLE 728 - Evaluating School Effectiveness through a Community Lens

  • EDLE 724 - Policy and Practice in Higher Education OR
    EDLE 727 - Special Education Policy and Practice

  • EDLE 726 - Legal and Ethical Issues for Educational Leaders OR
    EDLE 742 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education

  • EDLE 748 - The College Student Experience OR
    EDLE 764 - Literacy and Technology in Twenty-First Century Schools

The final 15 credits are the dissertation-in-practice.

  • EDLE 800 - The Research Proposal 
  • EDLE 805 - Seminar in Community-Based Educational Research 
  • EDLE 899 - Dissertation Research - A total of 9 credits is required.

Earn Your Doctor of Education with USI.

Course Start Application Deadline Registration Deadline
08/21/23 04/13/23 08/18/23
08/19/24 04/11/24 08/16/24

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