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Be an Advocate for Change

EdD IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP & LEARNING

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Learning

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership and Learning prepares current and future K-12, higher education and adult education leaders to engage in and advocate for continuous improvement, systematic reform and social justice within educational institutions and communities. All courses can be completed online, plus a Summer Residency (face-to-face or online).

The EdD Program provides professional preparation experiences for a variety of K-12 education careers, including peer coach, principal, central office leader or director, and superintendent of schools. The doctoral program also supports those in higher education careers, such as student affairs professional; tenure-track, adjunct and clinical faculty; chair; dean and administrator. We also support those interested in adult education careers, including adult basic education (ABE), community education and organizing, cooperative extension, health education, and social advocacy in non-formal sectors.

Students will be challenged to engage in critical thinking, consider and expand their perspectives, acquire knowledge regarding research and best practices in education, and act as allies and activists for educational reform and social justice. As graduates, you'll use the knowledge and effective practices to facilitate continuous improvement and systemic reform by collaborating with others to ensure equity, access and opportunity for all children and adults learning in educational and community settings. All for the common good.

Where you'll learn:

All courses can be completed online plus a Summer Residency (co-flex)

When to start:

Doctoral cohort residencies begin in July

Contact

Jackie Grossklaus

Coordinator II
Phone Number
(651) 962-4885 

Online and On Campus

Learn on Your Terms

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01 You Have Options

Flexible Learning for Your Life

The Doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Learning coursework has been developed to meet your scheduling needs and provides working professionals with the opportunity to obtain this doctoral degree while maintaining a reasonable work-life balance. During the fall and spring terms, students will participate in online core coursework with electives available online or on campus. Each summer students will gather for classes with members of their cohort during the last two weeks in July.

EdD in Educational Leadership & Learning

  • Year One
  • Year Two
  • Year Three
  • Year Four
  • Concentrations Program Electives
  • Year One

    Year 1
    12 Core Credits + 6 Elective Credits

    Summer Residency
    EDLD 916: Education Leaders & Learners
    EDLD 917: Scholars and Researchers in Education

    Fall
    EDLD 918: Social and Cultural Foundation & Possible Concentration Elective

    January
    Possible Concentration Elective

    Spring
    EDLD 919: Leadership for Social Justice in Education & Possible Concentration Elective

    Year Two

    Year 2
    9 Core Credits + 6 Elective Credits

    Summer Residency
    EDLD 889: Research Paradigms in Education

    Fall
    EDLD 902: Quantitative Research Methods & Possible Concentration Elective

    January
    Possible Concentration Elective

    Spring
    EDLD 904: Qualitative Research Methods & Possible Concentration Elective

    Year Three

    Year 3
    9 Core Credits + 6 Elective Credits

    Summer Residency
    EDLD 920: Framing a Research Question & Possible Concentration Elective

    Milestone: Research Prospectus

    Fall
    EDLD 921: Dissertation Proposal Design & Possible Concentration Elective

    January
    Possible Concentration Elective

    Spring
    EDLD 905: Analysis of Research Data

    Year Four

    Year 4
    3 Core Credits + 12 Dissertation Credits

    Summer Milestones: Proposal Defense & IRB Application

    Fall
    EDLD 915: Leadership Narratives Seminar

    6 Dissertation Credits

    Spring
    6 Dissertation Credits + Dissertation Defense

    Concentrations Program Electives

    The 66-credit doctoral program consists of 45 credits of core courses and 21 credits of electives.

    Students may begin coursework in concentration areas with permission from an academic advisor. Concentrations or program tracks include: PK-12 and Higher Education Administration, Music Education, Leadership in Student Affairs, Adult Learning, and Learning Technology Leadership and Innovation.

    Year One

    Year 1
    12 Core Credits + 6 Elective Credits

    Summer Residency
    EDLD 916: Education Leaders & Learners
    EDLD 917: Scholars and Researchers in Education

    Fall
    EDLD 918: Social and Cultural Foundation & Possible Concentration Elective

    January
    Possible Concentration Elective

    Spring
    EDLD 919: Leadership for Social Justice in Education & Possible Concentration Elective

    Year Two

    Year 2
    9 Core Credits + 6 Elective Credits

    Summer Residency
    EDLD 889: Research Paradigms in Education

    Fall
    EDLD 902: Quantitative Research Methods & Possible Concentration Elective

    January
    Possible Concentration Elective

    Spring
    EDLD 904: Qualitative Research Methods & Possible Concentration Elective

    Year Three

    Year 3
    9 Core Credits + 6 Elective Credits

    Summer Residency
    EDLD 920: Framing a Research Question & Possible Concentration Elective

    Milestone: Research Prospectus

    Fall
    EDLD 921: Dissertation Proposal Design & Possible Concentration Elective

    January
    Possible Concentration Elective

    Spring
    EDLD 905: Analysis of Research Data

    Year Four

    Year 4
    3 Core Credits + 12 Dissertation Credits

    Summer Milestones: Proposal Defense & IRB Application

    Fall
    EDLD 915: Leadership Narratives Seminar

    6 Dissertation Credits

    Spring
    6 Dissertation Credits + Dissertation Defense

    Concentrations Program Electives

    The 66-credit doctoral program consists of 45 credits of core courses and 21 credits of electives.

    Students may begin coursework in concentration areas with permission from an academic advisor. Concentrations or program tracks include: PK-12 and Higher Education Administration, Music Education, Leadership in Student Affairs, Adult Learning, and Learning Technology Leadership and Innovation.

    FACULTY  

    Our faculty make their marks through teaching, research, professional engagement and mentoring.

    Headshot of Aura Wharton-Beck

    Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck

    Director, K-12 Administrative Licensure Programs

    Dr. Wharton-Beck joined the School of Education in 2018 after 36 years as an educator and school administrator. She has received awards as a school principal and researcher advocating for equity. Her areas of expertise include K-12 school leadership, arts education, race, diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck
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    Dr. Jayne Sommers

    Director, LSA MA Program

    Dr. Sommers' areas of expertise include higher education leadership and the field of student affairs. Her specific areas of interest include holistic approaches to undergraduate student wellbeing, the role of mindfulness and self-care in student affairs work, social justice in higher education, and intersectionality in student affairs work.

    Dr. Jayne Sommers
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    Fr. Jean-Pierre Bongila

    Director, MA in Education Leadership

    Dr. Bongila is a champion of building cultural bridges of learning and understanding. His most recent book, "Developing global positioning leadership: learning experience in Cuba" (2018), deals with the pedagogy of study abroad. He is the recipient of the 2017's International Citizen Educator Award from the International Leadership Institute (MN).

    Fr. Jean-Pierre Bongila
    Latanya Daniel posing near windows

    01 Never Afraid of a Challenge

    Latanya Daniels

    As a high school principal at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Latanya Daniels worked on many issues, including violent altercations on school property, graduation rates and a frustrated staff. During her time there, math scores increased and U.S. News & World Report named Patrick Henry the third best high school in Minnesota.

    Dr. Latanya Daniels graduated from the St. Thomas EdD program in 2019 and has since gone on to become the Assistant Superintendent of Richfield Public Schools in Minnesota.  

    Latanya Daniel's Story