Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership)

There is no time like the present to fulfill your personal and professional dreams.

The Doctor of Education program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and is structured around national standards.
There are two concentrations:

  • The Superintendent Endorsement Concentration is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for endorsement on the Professional Educator’s License. It is designed for educators who have the General Administrative (Type 75) endorsement or the Principal Preparation endorsement on their Professional Educator License and want to pursue district-level leadership.
  • The Stewardship, Leadership, and Learning Concentration program is designed for those pursuing higher level management and leadership positions in public and private sector, service-oriented organizations.


Have you heard the news?

  • The Doctor of Education Superintendent Endorsement concentration has been approved by the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board under the new (2016) state statute, rules, and regulations. The USF program received unanimous approval and commendations from the state board.
  • The Doctor of Education in Stewardship Leadership, and Learning concentration is now available in a telecommuter/distance learning format.


Required Technology for Telecommuter/Distance Learning Candidates
1. Creative Live Cam Connect HD-Web Camera (or equivalent)
2. Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset (or equivalent)
3. Access to Adobe Connect


USF doctoral leadership


The application is online and free.