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Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD)

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Our program prepares educators for government and private sector top-level P-20 administrative and policy-making positions.

Overview & Distinctions


The doctoral program in Educational Leadership at D'Youville College is designed to prepare educational professionals to confront leadership challenges and engage in effective policy research, analysis, and implementation.

Our program prepares educators for government and private sector top-level P-20 administrative and policy-making positions. Our students are inspired to make a difference in improving the educational processes in the organizations and communities they serve.

Choose either the Professional Concentration in K-12 or the Professional Concentration in Higher Education.

What You'll Learn

  • Take professional core courses in cultural perspectives, advanced curriculum issues, assessment of teaching and learning, and best use of technology in education.
  • Gain extensive knowledge of research and analysis, organizational behavior, communications, law and policy, and finance.
  • Learn from established and diverse educational leaders who will serve as advisors, dissertation committee members, and program consultants and reviewers.

D'Youville Advantages

  • Our program can be completed part-time or full-time, ideal for working professionals who want to give their career a boost. Most courses are offered during evenings – with some also offered on the weekends and during the summer.
  • Our faculty bring a diverse range of research, education, and professional experience to the classroom, providing you with a comprehensive education informed by real-world experience.
  • Through close interactions with faculty and collaboration with your classmates, you’ll develop the kinds of professional and personal networks that will support you as you progress through your career.
  • Collaborate and network with peer learners in a small-class environment.
  • Graduate from a college whose reputation in teacher education is well-known and highly respected.
  • Benefit from D'Youville's admissions partnerships


We offer numerous scholarship and financial aid opportunities for graduate students, including a 20% discount for Canadian citizens and opportunities for tuition waivers and discounts for military veterans.


Research Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 732 Advanced Statistics & Lab 4
EDL 733 Quantitative Research Design 3
EDL 734 Qualitative Research Design 3
EDL 735 Case Study Method & Design 3
  TOTAL 13

Academic Core

Course # Course Name Credits
EDL 731 Doctoral Seminar 3
EDL 737 The Persistent Problems of Inequality for Education Theory and Practice 3
EDL 738 History and Future of Education Reform 3
EDL 739 Cultured Perspectives in Education 3
  TOTAL 12

K-12 Professional Core

Course # Course Name Credits
ELK 741 K-12 Education Governance, Law and policy 3
ELK 742 K-12 Education Finance and Planning 3
ELK 743 School-Community Relations 3
ELK 744 Curriculum, Instruction and the Assessment of Learning 3
ELK 745 Applied Research Practicum I 2
ELK 746 Applied Research Practicum II 2
  TOTAL 16

Higher Education Professional Core

Course # Course Name Credits
ELH 741 Higher Education Governance, Law and Policy 3
ELH 742 Higher Education Finance and Strategic Planning 3
ELH 743 Higher Education Curriculum 3
ELH 744 Program Evaluation, Outcomes, Assessment and Accreditation 3
ELH 745 Applied Research Practicum I 2
ELH 746 Applied Research Practicum II 2
  TOTAL 16

Dissertation Core

Course # Course Name Credits
EDL 752 Dissertation Proposal I 3
EDL 753  Dissertation Proposal II 2
EDL 831 Dissertation Guidance 1-4

Total Credits

Credits required for EdD courses: 50
Transfer Credits: 40
TOTAL required for EdD: 90



D'Youville graduates become top-level administrators, superintendents, and teacher educators who make a difference in the schools and communities they serve*. 

As executive administrators, D'Youville educational leadership graduates set standards and goals. They establish policies and procedures, supervise managers, lead academic departments, hire and develop staff.

Higher Education

For higher education administrators, D'Youville's doctoral program in Educational Leadership enhances the leadership and managerial abilities needed in colleges and universities.

K-12 Administrators

Doctoral degrees are often the preferred qualifications for district leadership positions.

**The Educational Leadership EdD program is not intended to lead to certification as a school principal.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To apply, please use the doctoral programs application and complete the general requirements.

In addition, candidates must present the following:

Application Requirements
Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts for all institutions attended
Submission of any one of the following: GRE, GMAT or LSAT scores.
Admission Requirements
A completed master's degree 
Evidence of leadership and professionalism in education or a related field
A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.50 (based on a 4.0 scale)
Two letters of professional recommendation
A brief (500-1,000 word) written statement of goals for pursuing doctoral study
One writing sample, including examples from within your graduate program coursework or an individual scholarly publication
Professional resume or curriculum vitae
Students being considered for admission will be asked to come to campus to be interviewed by educational leadership faculty

Applications for admission are considered on a competitive basis; applicants not meeting minimum requirements may not be admitted. 

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