Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at MSU Moorhead will advance your career at both the P-12 and postsecondary levels by preparing you to be an effective educational leader who can respond quickly and decisively to a rapidly changing, culturally diverse and technology-rich society. The doctorate program is designed to develop your leadership skills to meet today’s challenges in education. You will develop in-depth knowledge to be a creative change-agent committed to advocacy, action and equitable education. After you complete your doctorate in Educational Leadership at MSUM, you will be ready to transform educational institutions by putting theory into practice.
The Ed.D. is designed for completion within eight consecutive semesters (three years). You will take two eight-week courses each semester in an interactive online cohort with two face-to-face, one-week summer residencies that occur between the first and second and second and third years. The residency experiences are dynamic opportunities to enhance your learning through sustained collaboration with MSUM faculty and other doctoral learners.
You’ll find our professors to be personable, responsive and invested in your success. Faculty are highly credentialed, possess P-12 and higher education administrative experience, and collaborate to advance your learning and progression though the program.
MSUM’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is delivered via a cohort model through a combination of online courses and interactive instructional mentoring and communications. Created for full-time employees, the program allows you to take classes while working, put theory into action through clinical assignments, and conduct action research to guide the framework for your dissertation.
The cohort admissions model welcomes mid-career and seasoned professionals, making it an interesting and knowledgeable mix of viewpoints and experiences that represents a variety of areas within myriad educational organizations. You’ll find a strong sense of interprofessional collaboration within the program that frequently translates to professional partnerships and joint efforts post-graduation.
In the Ed.D. program, you will conduct applied research to address today’s educational challenges, enhance your soft skills to promote innovative leadership practice, and grow your professional learning network to encourage collaboration. Upon completion of your doctorate in Educational Leadership at MSUM, you will transform educational institutions by putting theory into practice.
Study Online with a One Week Residency. The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is available for international applicants who wish to stay in their home country and study online with the following caveat. The applicant must be able to attend a one week summer residency at Minnesota State University Moorhead. This program is not eligible for a normal student visa (F1 or J1). Students who need a visa to enter the United States for the 1-week residency should obtain a B-1 temporary tourist visa from their local US Embassy.
Careers & Outcomes
MSUM’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership will advance your ability to be a creative, competent and compassionate change agent who is committed to advocacy, action, and attentive to social justice issues.
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Leadership & Learning Journal
MSUM’s Department of Leadership & Learning has published The Interactive Journal of Global Leadership and Learning (IJGLL), a peer-reviewed open-access journal hosted by RED, its institutional repository. The journal’s scope features educational research from the P-12 to the postsecondary level. As an open-access journal, the IJGLL editors and authors agree to provide free access and downloads of all of its contents to the general public.