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Educational Leadership Doctorate

We welcome applications on a rolling basis.

Full and partial assistantships

Online learning options

Full-time or part-time options

Program overview

Whether you want to pursue a leadership role in K-12 schools, prepare the next generation of school leaders, or contribute new knowledge about schools and educational leadership, Warner’s flexible EdD in educational leadership will help you achieve your goals.   

This program provides K-12 school educators who already hold leadership certification, as well as others interested in developing the leadership skills required of today’s educational leaders, with a research-based, doctoral-level credential to support success as an educational leader and advancement in their career.

Key program features

  • Minimum Credits: 90 graduate credits, of which up to 36 can be transferred from previous graduate coursework; graduates of Warner's K-12 leadership certificate program can apply up to 9 additional credits retroactively.
  • Customizable: Includes a mix of required content-based and research methods courses as well as electives to enable you to tailor the degree to your career interests and needs.
  • Develop Key Skills: Core coursework in leadership, educational policy, decision making, program evaluation, and research methods will enable you to develop highly relevant skills for today’s leaders. 
  • Relevant to Your Job: You are encouraged to work on a problem of practice related to your work as the focus of your dissertation.
  • Opportunities for Additional Specializations: You can add an Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation, Online Teaching, Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools, or Urban Teaching & Leadership for only a few additional credits.
  • Flexible: Programs can be completed on a part-time basis while holding a job, or full-time, starting in any semester.


  • A master’s degree in education or a related field.
  • SBL/SDL certification for those who hold or seek administrative positions in K-12 public schools and districts.
  • Prior experience as an educational leader is highly desirable, though not required.

Scholarships, Tuition, & Financial Aid

Warner SBL/SDL certification holders are eligible for a 35% scholarship. Others may apply for additional scholarships. 


EdD in Educational Administration

Prepares and supports experienced educators and educational leaders to advance in their career and/or assume selected higher education faculty positions. Coursework can be taken at one’s own pace. Two options available for the dissertation phase:

EdD Traditional Option

More flexibility with regard to dissertation methodology and pace; dissertation is pursued independently; degree usually takes longer to complete than accelerated option.

EdD Accelerated Option

Includes a highly structured, faculty-supported, and cohort-based dissertation phase that must be completed in one academic year; choice of program evaluation or decision-analysis, field-based dissertation; degree can be completed in as little as three years of part-time study.

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Check out these seven important tips to help you choose the right doctoral program.

Customize your degree

Our degrees are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations. Whether you want to add an advanced certificate or specialize in a distinct area of emphasis, we can help craft the best option for you.

We welcome applications on a rolling basis.

Core program faculty

Brian Brent
Decision making; K-12 and higher education finance

Karen DeAngelis
Decision making; educational policy; quantitative research methods

Nahoko Kawakyu O'Connor
Program evaluation

Patrick McCue
Equitable grading and instructional practices

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