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Educational Leadership

Doctorate of Education


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 63
Cost Per Credit: $625
University of Arizona College of Education

College of Education

Program Details

The Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership, in the Educational Leadership & Policy  (EDLP) unit, is designed to advance knowledge and address enduring and future problems in education by:

  • Exploring issues of social justice for educational equity and opportunity,

  • Engaging in research situated in socio-cultural, economic, and political contexts,

  • Addressing the significance of changing and challenging educational contexts.

In the EdD program, you will gain the leadership skills and research background to challenge unjust systems and promote continuous educational improvement in your organizations. You'll continue to work as a full-time practitioner while studying and applying new knowledge to your daily practice. Our program is centered around the Dissertation in Practice, in which students work to address persistent challenges within their current educational organizations. 

The EdD program is a member of the prestigious Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED), the nation’s leading organization focused on the Doctorate of Education.

If you have specific questions about the program, please contact COE-EDD@arizona.edu.

*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 604: Leadership for Educational Change
    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



    Earning your Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership will build core skills, including:

    • Student services
    • Marketing
    • Project management
    • Curriculum development
    • Auditing
    • Finance
    • Accounting
    • Special education
    • Data analysis
    • Higher education

    Graduates of the EdD in Educational Leadership program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

    • Education Administrator, Kindergarten through Secondary
    • Education Administrator
    • Education & Childcare Administrator
    • Education Administrator
    • Assistant Principal
    • Childcare Director
    • Principal
    • Directors of Admissions
    • Registrar
    • Deans of Students