Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

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 emphasizes practical application and enables students to make meaningful connections to their administrative practice. Courses are scheduled thematically to encourage students to engage in rich exploration of important issues, topics, and considerations for educators working in both public and private school settings.

Classes meet three weekends per semester in Bloomington during the fall and spring semesters. Instruction continues online between the weekend classes. Classes during summer session are held in Bloomington and are scheduled to accommodate professionals working in schools and districts.

Cohorts are comprised of 10-12 students.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall May 2
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Master’s degree from an accredited institution
    3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    4. Completed online application that includes:
      • Personal statement
      • Resume
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    IN Resident$450.93

    *Does not include fees, which will vary depending on the number of credits enrolled. Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

  • Funding
    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why earn your doctorate at the IU School of Education? Ph.D. or Ed.D.—which is right for you? Get answers to these questions and more.

    Read the FAQ

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Our Faculty

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Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Culturally Responsive Leadership, English Learners, Bilingual Learners, Exceptional Needs
(812) 856-2090
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
Legal and policy issues in special education; legal literacy of educators and school leaders
(812) 856-8375
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Associate Professor and Department Chair

Research Areas:
Educational Leadership; Instructional Leadership; Leadership Development; Resource Allocation; School and District Improvement; Improvement Science
(812) 856-8235
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Professor; Director, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP)

Research Areas:
Education policy; school choice; access and equity; research utilization
(812) 856-8389
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Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Principal and superintendent leadership; school finance
(812) 856-1373
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Leadership preparation; principal's role in teacher development and career trajectories; education policy
(812) 856-8254
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Research Areas:
K-12 and higher education law; education policy, education governance, charter schools

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