Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

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The EdD Program will admit for its next cohorts (6 & 7) in summer 2023. The application deadline is December 31, 2022.  
In the South Puget Sound region, many educators find themselves in positions requiring not only teaching expertise, but also leadership skills, policy knowledge, and the ability to affect positive organizational change, often without the background and experience to be successful and confident in such roles.
These individuals are frequently experts in their professional disciplines; however, today’s leaders are required to use skill sets and knowledge that extend beyond that acquired in a master’s degree. Today’s leaders must  possess experience and expertise to employ evidence to improve organizational outcomes, ensure quality teaching for diverse learners, effectively assess programs, and lead local and national accreditation and accountability processes.
These leaders must be effective political advocates, and informed fiscal and human resource managers. They must demonstrate emotional intelligence necessary to successfully lead a diverse workforce, as well as possess professional expertise and high standards of legal, moral and ethical behavior. 
The University of Washington Tacoma addresses these needs with practice doctorate degree, the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership.

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Program design

This is a three-year, 97-credit cohort-based program. For those who wish to earn the P-12 Superintendent Certificate, six additional credits are required in order to meet all state competencies; therefore, 103 credits will be required. Courses are offered two full days, Fridays and Saturdays, approximately once per month, 12 months out of the year (four quarters). Students will engage electronically in between face-to-face Friday and Saturday class sessions. On the tab labeled 'Courses' a drop down menu appears. Select 'Course Scheduling' to review the face-to-face class calendar for the current cohort.

Conceptual Framework

The program is designed to address conceptual issues of the roles educational leaders play in leadership, management/administration and political advocacy. In addition, we will help you develop strength in the dimensions of leadership, diversity, accountability and learning.

Interdisciplinary Learning

The program is designed for interdisciplinary learning in the field of educational leadership. Students will work collaboratively in leadership courses focused on systemic change, diversity and instructional leadership. Students can benefit from cross-disciplinary scholarly discussions. For more discipline specific knowledge, students will choose study areas along disciplinary interests.