Educational Leadership

If you’re passionate about the education field and want to take on leadership positions in education research, school reform, curriculum and instructional design, educational technology, and administration then earning a doctorate in education is a great choice for you.

Why a doctoral degree?

Yes, getting your Ed.D. is a lot of work that includes hours of research, study, and discussions. But leadership is important. You can apply your knowledge and skills to leading learning organizations like schools, hospitals, companies, or non-profit groups.

Earning your Ed.D. means that you have a deep knowledge of your chosen field. It can open new doors in a highly competitive job market.  There will be new opportunities, new venues, opening up tomorrow. You can make an impact and help improve people’s lives. So, if you want to impact the world in some way, no matter how big or small, getting your Ed.D. may be a good place to start.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Core Curriculum

Required Core Courses (24 semester hours)
EDEL 809 Qualitative/Quantitative Research I (3)
EDEL 810 Qualitative/Quantitative Research II (3)
EDEL 812 Dissertation Experience I (3)
EDEL 813 Dissertation Experience II (3)
EDEL 814 Dissertation Experience III (3)
EDEL 816 Dissertation Experience IV (3)
EDEL 817 Preparation for the Dissertation for Presentation and Publication (3)
EDEL 855 Servant Leadership (3)

Two Ed.D concentrations: Leadership or Superintendent


Leadership, Stewardship & Learning (36 semester hours)

EDEL 800 Dynamics of Organizational Change (3)
EDEL 815 An Overview of Stewardship and Leadership (3)
EDEL 821 Evaluation & Accountability: Defining Organizational Success (3)
EDEL 826 Leadership, Politics and Ethics (3)
EDEL 831 Using Facilities to Fulfill the Mission (3)
EDEL 837 Stewardship of Resources (3)
EDEL 841 Legal, Moral and Ethical Issues (3)
EDEL 845 Human Resource Administration and Collective Bargaining (3)
EDEL 851 Promoting Learning in the Organization (3)
EDEL 861 Ethical Governance of the Organization (3)
EDEL 872 Experiential Leadership Projects I (1-3)
EDEL 873 Experiential Leadership Projects II (1-3)

Optional if needed:
EDEL 818 Dissertation Experience: Advanced (3)
This course may be taken and repeated as needed to complete the dissertation.


A different Ed.D. specific to schools

School Superintendents play an essential role in K-12 education here in Illinois and around the country. The USF Ed.D. program is designed for educational professionals. The superintendent is the educational organization’s top executive, the CEO in the school district.  With the skill, experience, and knowledge of a USF degree, you will implement a school board’s vision by making day-to-day decisions about educational programs, spending, staff, technology, facilities, and more.

Superintendent Endorsement on the ISBE Professional Educator License

(36 semester hours)

EDEL 800 Dynamics of Organizational Change (3)
EDEL 811 Overview of the Superintendency (3)
EDEL 820 School Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability (3)
EDEL 825 The Superintendency: Politics & Ethics (3)
EDEL 830 Administration and Management of Educational Facilities (3)
EDEL 835 School District Finance & Business Management (3)
EDEL 840 Advanced Legal Issues for School Districts (3)
EDEL 845 Human Resource Administration and Collective Bargaining (3)
EDEL 850 The Instruction Program (3)
EDEL 860 Governance of the School District (3)
EDEL 870 The Superintendency Internship I (1-3)
EDEL 871 The Superintendency Internship II (1-3)

Optional if needed:
EDEL 818 Dissertation Experience: Advanced (3)
This course may be taken and repeated as needed to complete the dissertation.

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