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20 PhD Programs in 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… Read more

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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Aurora University Online
Aurora, USA

Take your school leadership skills to the next level now. Earn Aurora University's online EdD Leadership in Educational Administration: Superintendent Endorsement degree in th ... +

Take your school leadership skills to the next level now. Earn Aurora University's online EdD Leadership in Educational Administration: Superintendent Endorsement degree in three years. You'll study ISBE-approved coursework in topics such as curriculum and assessment for all levels of education and types of students, as well as law, data analysis, and coaching and mentoring. Complete the program with research coursework, dissertation hours, and internships that give you experience and connectio -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Online
 
University of West Alabama Online
Livingston, USA

Earn your advanced degree to best serve students in rural school systems through the University of West Alabama's Doctor of Education in Rural Education. The first fully onlin ... +

Earn your advanced degree to best serve students in rural school systems through the University of West Alabama's Doctor of Education in Rural Education. The first fully online degree of its kind, you'll be prepared to identify real solutions to rural education challenges as you work toward your dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 years
English
Online
 
Atlantic International University
Honolulu, USA

The Doctorate of Education (D.Ed) program objective is to help students develop the individual skills necessary for solving educational problems, whether in teaching, supervis ... +

The Doctorate of Education (D.Ed) program objective is to help students develop the individual skills necessary for solving educational problems, whether in teaching, supervision, or administration, while keeping such solutions in balance with institutional, community, or school system needs and expectations. The Doctorate of Education (D.Ed) program is offered online via distance learning. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Online
 

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Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand

This course is a new program developed in accordance with the philosophy that the education system must be the lead factor in the development of economic, social, and politica ... +

This course is a new program developed in accordance with the philosophy that the education system must be the lead factor in the development of economic, social, and political systems. Therefore, the desired educational administrators and school administrators in the future must be leaders in transforming the education system to develop quality people to drive the economy, society, and politics with innovation for sustainable development. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Nazarbayev University
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

The Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education Ph.D. program combines intensive coursework, a module at one of the partner universities (the University of Cambridge or ... +

The Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education Ph.D. program combines intensive coursework, a module at one of the partner universities (the University of Cambridge or University of Pennsylvania), and an in-depth exploration of advanced research methodology to develop scholars and independent researchers in the field of Education. It is a full-time four-year program. Central to the NUGSE Ph.D. experience is the completion of a substantial piece of independent research, in the form of a Ph.D. dissertation. Graduates of the NUGSE Ph.D. program will be expected to act as key players in education reform and policy development in Kazakhstan. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
University of Texas Arlington
Arlington, USA

The Ph.D. in educational leadership challenges the conventional wisdom that K-12 and postsecondary education are different worlds by bringing together scholars and students fr ... +

The Ph.D. in educational leadership challenges the conventional wisdom that K-12 and postsecondary education are different worlds by bringing together scholars and students from all levels of education to work and study together with the goal of addressing systemic barriers that prevent so many individuals from achieving their fullest potential. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 5 years
English
Aug 2023
15 Mar 2023
Campus
 
Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

This programme is primarily for teachers and school administrators and is designed to help candidates develop and implement three original solutions for decision-making, leade ... +

This programme is primarily for teachers and school administrators and is designed to help candidates develop and implement three original solutions for decision-making, leadership, human resource management, teacher assessment, organization and public relations. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
Union University
Jackson, USA

Our fully online Leadership in School Reform Ed.D. track is designed to prepare school leaders with new and relevant courses in educational leadership. Be equipped to create a ... +

Our fully online Leadership in School Reform Ed.D. track is designed to prepare school leaders with new and relevant courses in educational leadership. Be equipped to create and actualize a vision for leadership in 21st-century schools. Be able to employ the best of research and practice in policy, child development, learning, teaching, and leadership within the context of school reform. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Online
 
Universidad de Sonora
Hermosillo, Mexico

General Objective: To train researchers who are capable of producing original knowledge about educational realities and apply them in a creative way with the purpose of contri ... +

General Objective: To train researchers who are capable of producing original knowledge about educational realities and apply them in a creative way with the purpose of contributing, with ethical sense, to the solution of problems and the attention of educational needs, through the formulation of fundamentals that sustain innovations and educational reforms at the regional and national levels. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish
Campus
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

The proposed Ph.D. program in Leadership and Policy Studies in Education prepares students to address key research issues facing educational leadership in the UAE. Students in ... +

The proposed Ph.D. program in Leadership and Policy Studies in Education prepares students to address key research issues facing educational leadership in the UAE. Students in the program will acquire expertise in applying and evaluating appropriate research methodologies to recent developments in the field of education relevant to leadership and policy issues. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Mind Development Academy
Cape Town, South Africa

The Doctor of Educational Administration is designed to prepare experienced practitioners for senior administrative and policy-making positions, and pursue careers in policy, ... +

The Doctor of Educational Administration is designed to prepare experienced practitioners for senior administrative and policy-making positions, and pursue careers in policy, university or college teaching, and research. The students are able to specialize in the areas of administration and policy analysis in higher education, student development and student affairs, international and comparative higher education, historical and philosophical foundations of higher education, finance and economics of higher education, and organizational culture and change. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online