Degrees & Programs

Educational Leadership

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Prepare for senior-level leadership positions in K-12 education, including the superintendency. Effective school leaders need the skills and theoretical framework to critically analyze issues of importance to educators in the 21st century. In this challenging program, you'll develop the skills to make data-driven decisions about issues at the school, district, state, and national level.

The 60-hour Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is the right choice if you prefer project-based research to the more theoretical orientation of the Ph.D. program. The rigorous curriculum demands a significant period of sustained study with full access to the intellectual resources of Indiana University. The program was designed with working professionals in mind. It is delivered in a blended learning environment and structured to offer you accessibility to colleagues in the program regardless of their geographic location. 

Classes meet three weekends per semester in Bloomington during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Instruction continues online between the weekend classes. In June of each year, you and your colleagues will participate in an intensive four-day seminar held on the Bloomington campus. The seminar provides a unique opportunity to engage in project-based research with your peers and faculty.

Cohorts are comprised of 10-12 students. A new cohort starts every other fall with the next one starting Fall of 2017. It is possible for students to apply in between cohorts, but it is suggested that those students work on their minor courses first so they can begin their major course work with their cohort.

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (hybrid)/M.S. in Strategic Management (online)

Aspiring superintendents and district leaders can combine the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a master’s degree in strategic management from the IU Kelley School of Business.

In addition to the requirements of the Ed.D., students will take 18 hours of business course work online through Kelley Direct. Courses for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership meet one weekend per month on the Bloomington campus.

Because both degree programs count some hours from each program toward the degree requirements, you can earn both degrees in less time and at less expense.

In addition to the course work outlined for the Ed.S. in Education (Educational Leadership Track), students will also complete the business courses below. See detailed degree requirements for the online M.S. in Strategic Management.

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