Keystone logo

24 PhD Programs in Education Educational Leadership 2024



  • PhD
  • Education
  • Educational Leadership
Fields of study
  • Education (24)
  • Back to main category
Find more locations
Degree type
Study pace
Study format

PhD Programs in Education 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.