Teaching, leading, and mentoring people puts you in a position to affect education in community organizations, community colleges, or universities. The USF Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership will help you build the skills you need to flourish in these roles.
Our Ed.D. program Leadership, Learning, and Stewardship offers meaningful skills and perspectives on educational, social, political, and organizational leadership.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program at the University of St. Francis brings together practitioner-scholars to support doctoral candidates in learning and scholarship. The program is a combination of research, experiential learning, and shared knowledge about the key skills needed to lead, inspire, and educate.
Experienced faculty provide personalized guidance throughout the program, with face-to-face class meetings that are enhanced and supplemented by online instruction.
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The following concentrations are available for this program:

The University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (ihbe.org). College of Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (ncate.org) and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (isbe.net).

Postgraduate students will be considered for admission to the university after completing the program application and additional admission requirements noted. All admission requirements are subject to final approval by the dean of the college.

  • Letter of Application
  • Official bachelor’s and master’s degree transcripts
  • Verification of a graduate G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of ISBE General Administrative or Principal endorsement or equivalent from another state (Superintendent concentration only)
  • Letter of Recommendation from Supervisor
  • Interview

Applicants may request that transfer credit from an accredited doctoral program approved by the Illinois State Board of Education be accepted.

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