Doctorate of Education: Educational Leadership

Doctorate of Education

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in the Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education is a three-year degree program developed in partnership with the Carnegie Foundation. The Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) equips scholar-practitioners with the skills needed to connect research with practice, lead high-performing organizations and contribute to students learning. The program is designed for working professionals, who want to be leaders in a variety of education systems and settings.

Instructional delivery

Year round classes are delivered face-to-face in the classroom, one weekend a month (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Every two months, students complete a class which equals three credits of course study.

Program goals/learning outcomes

Graduates of the Ed.D. program in K-12 Educational Leadership will be:

  • Scholar practitioners able to use self-analysis, inquiry and purposeful reflection to continually improve their own practice.
  • Scholar practitioners, who ask engaging and important questions, formulate appropriate strategies for investigating these questions, conduct investigations with a high degree of competence, analyze and evaluate the results of the investigations, and communicate the results to others.
  • Scholar practitioners who understand the dynamics of educational systems and are able to leverage those systems in coherent, aligned strategies for educational change by creating democratic learning communities that move school systems toward meeting student achievement goals.
  • Scholar practitioners who possess the knowledge and ability to ensure that all students are producing high quality work and achieving at optimum levels by fostering effective curricular programs, student-centered learning environments and accountable school cultures that reflect high expectations for student outcomes.
  • Scholar practitioners who are culturally competent and advocate purposefully for equity in a diverse metropolitan society.
  • Scholar practitioners who inspired shared vision and commitment to high student achievement informed by best practices by developing structures and processes fostering collaboration and inquiry for continuous instructional improvement.
  • Scholar practitioners who are practitioner-researchers who purposefully engage in inquiry and construct knowledge that promotes equity in diverse metropolitan areas advancing the public good.
  • Scholar practitioners who value the application of theory in practice and conduct systemic institutional inquiry, identifying critical issues using data to drive decision-making.

Program of Study

The Ed.D. at Lynn University in the Ross College of Education is a 52-credit program:

  • Leadership theory and practice – 6 courses (18 credit hours)
  • Leadership applied to K-12 settings – 4 courses (12 credit hours)
  • Research methods – 4 courses (12 credit hours)
  • Capstone/Dissertation research – 3 courses (9 credit hours)
  • Complete GSR 501, Graduate Orientation Seminar (one credit).

There are four program themes:

  • Leadership
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Accountability
  • Learning and Instruction

Students enrolled in the Ed.D. program must maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA and achieve a B grade or higher in each course.

Dissertation research IV 3 credits
EDU 804 Dissertation Research IV 3