Doctorate Degrees in Educational Leadership

Compare 4 PhD Programs in Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership

A Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD, is a degree awarded to students who have conducted original research and published their findings in a dissertation. It is usually the highest academic achievement available to students and is often earned after bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

What is a PhD in Education Leadership? Education leadership deals with the social, organizational, hierarchical, and political leadership structures in schools. A doctoral program in the field gives students the opportunity to examine the problems in education leadership and conduct research to arrive at possible conclusions. Students could gain rich experience with the public policy behind these leadership positions, the ethics involved in holding such positions, and methods for increasing diversity in educational leadership.

Once a student has earned a PhD in this field, they have often gained leadership skills that carry over into other areas, including future careers and other ventures. They can also develop responsibility for large projects, which is a marketable skill. The ability to think critically about research is also an important skill that doctoral programs can cultivate.

Different scholarships and price points are available at different universities. Contact the school directly for details.

One of the most common career paths that doctors of education leadership pursue is school administration, including positions as principles, deans, or superintendents. In addition to leadership positions, they may choose to become directors of special education programs, coordinators of professional development, or other heads of departments. They may also choose to stay in post-secondary education and become professors of education. There are other positions at universities that may be available with this degree, including research development specialist, education program faculty chair, or director of teaching and learning.

Educational leadership PhD programs may be available at a school near you or as a convenient online option. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Educational Leadership, Policy & Law

Alabama State University The Harold Lloyd Murphy Graduate School
Campus Full time 3 - 8 years August 2018 USA Montgomery

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law will prepare professional educators to be part of a vanguard through the twenty-first century. These educators will be provided with: the necessary knowledge of their subject; an understanding of our diverse culture; technological skills; critical thinking skills required to make informed decisions and implement change; and the ability to provide a just and ethical, accurate, and meaningful education for their students. [+]

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law will prepare professional educators to be part of a vanguard through the twenty-first century. These educators will be provided with: the necessary knowledge of their subject; an understanding of our diverse culture; technological skills; critical thinking skills required to make informed decisions and implement change; and the ability to provide a just and ethical, accurate, and meaningful education for their students.

The program is offered exclusively in a cohort format. The elite group of students selected to begin each fall will progress through their coursework together. The first year of the program focuses on didactic coursework. The second-year combines didactic coursework with field-based internships. The final year of the program focuses on independent research, with results to be published in the form of a dissertation.... [-]


PhD of Education

University of Windsor, Graduate
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 Canada Windsor Thunder Bay + 1 more

Through the three fields of study, Cognition and Learning, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education, the Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies Program aims to promote scholarly inquiry and the production of new knowledge within the context of a research culture. [+]

Through the three fields of study, Cognition and Learning, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education, the Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies Program aims to promote scholarly inquiry and the production of new knowledge within the context of a research culture.

We are committed to methodological advances in educational research and the integration of theory and practice. We nurture our students as developing scholars and leaders in faculties of education, school systems, and other institutional settings, thereby contributing to the growth of research and scholarship in Canada and internationally. We promote professional development through collaboration among scholars, practitioners, educational institutions, and faculties of education, thus fostering links between schools and universities, and promoting partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally. We are committed to excellence in our students and faculty and to producing graduates who are lifelong learners.... [-]


Ph.D. Or Ed.D. In Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education

Cardinal Stritch University
Campus Part time 6 semesters June 2018 USA Milwaukee

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) will prepare you to make significant contributions to your organization and will help you become a transformational leader in higher education. [+]

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) will prepare you to make significant contributions to your organization and will help you become a transformational leader in higher education.

The program is designed for current and aspiring leaders working in two- and four-year colleges and universities and community and technical colleges who seek to be a catalyst for meaningful change within their organization.

The curriculum for the Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education focuses on contemporary leadership theories with a strong foundation in research. A broad understanding of the complex nature of higher education is woven throughout the curriculum, but the primary focus of the program is to prepare you to lead your organization through meaningful change and transformation. Rather than simply building your knowledge of higher education theory, you will learn to become a leader who will function effectively within your organization to create positive change.... [-]


Ph.D. or Ed.D. In Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Services

Cardinal Stritch University
Campus Part time 6 semesters June 2018 USA Milwaukee

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service provides advanced study in leadership that prepares graduates to make significant contributions to their organizations and communities. [+]

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service provides advanced study in leadership that prepares graduates to make significant contributions to their organizations and communities.

The program is designed for professions with present or emerging leadership responsibilities in a variety of learning communities: universities, colleges, business and industry, healthcare institutions, community organizations, social services, unions, libraries, government agencies, vocational education, staff training programs, consulting organizations, international agencies, as well as K-12 public, private and parochial schools. Participants share a common interest in leadership and may use their own work sites as a focus of graduate study. In essence, the program is designed to facilitate the development of effective leaders across a broad community.... [-]