Educational Leadership

Doctorate of Education

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 60
Cost Per Credit: $625
University of Arizona College of Education

College of Education

Program Details

Apply theory and research to issues of leadership in complex organizations including schools, district offices, community centers and policy organizations. Designed by expert faculty members within the Educational Leadership and Policy program, this program will enhance your ability to improve outcomes in your organization. You will tackle challenging educational problems through case studies, stimulations, group activities and individual projects.

Your capstone project will be a dissertation in practice (DiP). The DiP examines a problem of practice, which is an area of concern or issue that has been identified in the context of your professional practice. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to work in a range of educational leadership roles such as teacher-leader, principal and superintendent. The EdD can be completed in as little as 3 years.

If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Dr. Lukretia Beasley-Knecht at

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

    EDL 602: Culturally Responsive Leadership and Policy
    EDL 625: Leadership for the School and Diverse Community
    EDL 626: Leadership for Social Justice: Ethics and Law
    EDL 696: Administration of Bilingual Educational Programs