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A Small School With A Lot to Offer

Doctoral and Education Specialist Degrees

Doctoral (EdD) and Education Specialist (EdS) Programs

At the University of St. Thomas, it’s not just about leading. It’s about the kind of leadership that results in transformation within organizations, communities, and lives. Our programs will prepare you to lead across a variety of organizations, with a focus on practitioner-based learning. You'll gain the global perspective and practical skills necessary to meet today's leadership challenges and make an impact in education.

Our graduates advance their career as:

  • Faculty, chair, dean, or administrator in higher education;
  • Educational consultant in government or non-profit organization; or
  • Principal, superintendent, director of special education, or other leadership positions in PK-12 Education.

Even better, our curriculum is designed fit into the even busiest of schedules. Most of our programs are offered in-person in the evenings or completely online. Learn more about our program offerings below and take the next step in your career at the University of St. Thomas.;

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Learning to Lead

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership and Learning seeks to prepare 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.

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A Strong Foundation for Your Future

Education Specialist (EdS)

Our Education Specialist (EdS) degree offers a variety of tracks for you to pursue a leadership role in the field of education. Whether you strive to become a licensed principal, superintendent or director of special education, your coursework will provide a strong foundation and understanding of leadership and education. Our degree is designed for busy working professionals. Classes are typically held online or one evening per week and occasional Saturdays.

The St. Thomas Advantage

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Real-World Field Experience

If your program includes a field experience element, the dedicated faculty and staff in your program will work with you to ensure that your experience will meet your interests and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time in your program, regularly scheduled meetings with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter your field.

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Community Partnerships

The School of Education takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the School of Education will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working with these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.

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Ongoing Professional Development

Annual events and conferences sponsored by the department offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities.