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EdD in Educational Leadership and Management

Drexel’s EdD in Educational Management and Leadership prepares professionals for leadership positions in a wide variety of educational environments and addresses the challenges faced by today's schools and organizations. The program’s scholarly platform is based on a philosophy that diverse individuals develop transformational leadership skills appropriate for success in diverse, mainstream educational or business environments.

The EdD Program offers a number of distinctive benefits:

  • The accelerated three-year, part-time program allows students to go to school while working.

  • Students learn in cohorts, exchanging ideas, challenging each other, and networking.

  • Students choose from a list of concentrations to suit their career interests.

  • The rigorous curriculum prepares students for leadership in a variety of organizations in public, private, and business environments.

  • Personalized academic and career advisement helps students identify and work towards their goals.

  • Students have access to the program’s customized portal, which includes online resources and opportunities to connect with other students for academic discourse and social networking.

  • Students graduate prepared to meet the challenges of diverse educational environments and ready to serve in a variety of educational leadership roles.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of their studies, EdD graduates possess the following leadership skills:

  • An ability to create and support communities that are bases for sustainable change
  • Develop the habits of mind and competencies to lead complex organizations, shaped by global forces
  • Develop the abilities to sustain their own leadership growth
  • Utilize the full range of emerging technologies to reach across generations and communicate effectively as well as engage others in meaningful change
  • Exemplify the curiosity, inquiry skills, and scholarly competencies need to investigate an idea and transform it into meaningful action

Within the comparative field of part-time doctorate study, Drexel's EdD program offers an unrivaled path to career advancement. It is ideal for principals, school superintendents, K-12 and higher education administrators, and directors as well as community-based, educational organizers who have already completed a master's degree and seek an academic credential from one of the nation's leading providers of education.

Locations and Delivery Options

The EdD in Educational Leadership and Management is offered:

Both structures allow working professionals to continue their studies, and afford the convenience of part-time study with a collaborative advantage.

EdD Online

Drexel University has been offering online courses since 1996, bringing its recognized faculty and curricula to a worldwide student body. Today, Drexel offers over 100 online degrees and online certificate programs for adults.

Consistently ranked amongst the world's best universities, a top-10 "Up-and-Coming" institution, and winner of the 2010 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education, Drexel University is committed to providing quality education opportunities online by offering a convenient way to earn a reputable, accredited degree with no career interruption, commuting, or fixed class hours.

Drexel online programs offer the very same faculty, curriculum, and degree as Drexel's distinguished on-campus programs.

EdD Executive Blended Format

The EdD program is also taught in an "executive," in-class/online format, with classroom sessions held on Friday (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)/ Saturday (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) three times per quarter. Students enroll in the EdD as a cohort taking courses together allowing for interaction and networking among peers and local leaders.

The executive blended format is offered at Drexel University's Main Campus, Philadelphia, PA.


Drexel’s EdD in Educational Leadership and Management is a selective and highly accelerated program that requires an outstanding level of commitment.

The EdD program's executive and local directors and academic advisors will gauge your eligibility for the program through your application and if necessary, a face-to-face interview. Once you are accepted, an orientation session will introduce you to the program.

You will also receive personal guidance from faculty as well as the EdD program directors and your academic advisor. Together, they will help you navigate the program and support you as you encounter different milestones. At the dissertation phase of the program, you will work closely with your dissertation advisor to help you navigate every step.

In addition to a high-level of support from Drexel faculty and administrators, you will also have access to the EdD program's customized portal, an invaluable online resource of academic tools and information, and an important connection to your fellow students through discussion boards and social networking opportunities.

If you would like to speak to the academic advisor for this program, please visit the Academic Advisor Directory.


Drexel’s EdD in Educational Leadership and Management provides opportunities for students to focus their studies with a concentration in one of the following areas:

Athletic Administration

The Athletic Administration concentration is designed to meet the demands for strong and informed leadership in athletic departments at the K-12 and college and university levels.  The program focuses on the growing depth and breadth of the industry including legal and ethical considerations, the need for external funding sources, and the major issues that confront sport domestically and globally.

Creativity & Innovation

The Creativity & Innovation concentration provides program participants with a deep foundation and contextual background in the field of creativity to address the needs of education and industry. Collaborative creative leadership involved in innovation management is a focus where the vital role of creative strengths in fueling new bottom-line innovations is highlighted. Creativity serves as the stimulus to enhance educational and corporate innovations.

Educational Administration

Students are challenged to develop interdisciplinary models of curricula and teaching strategies, and examine the impact on education of major social issues such as poverty, domestic violence, and drug abuse. An experiential component takes the student into various central office positions for a year-long internship.

For those interested, coursework may lead to the Pennsylvania Superintendent Letter of Eligibility.

Educational Policy

The Educational Policy concentration combines academics with Drexel University's tradition of applied learning. Students engage with policies and policy issues impacting education, those working in it, and those served by it. Policy studies are contextualized within the range of jurisdictional entities from local to national and international settings. Heavy emphasis is placed upon the roles of ethics and ethical decision-making in past and future policy-making.

Global and International Education

The Global and International Education (GIE) concentration is designed for individuals interested in learning about the complex economic, political, cultural, and social structures that shape learning in different parts of the world. Coursework is centered on the analysis of international and comparative education and builds through the study of how culture, society, politics, and economics relate to education. Addresses how the role of state and market forces impact K-12, higher education, government and education special interests abroad.

Higher Education

This path of study covers the historical growth and advancement of colleges and universities in the U.S., including the roles of school boards, community organizations, state boards of education, state government agencies, special interest groups, professional organizations, and unions. Courses examine strategies of success through an understanding of the career patterns of faculty, deans, vice presidents, provosts, and presidents and how decision-making and change are implemented. Within this framework, coursework explores the impact of variables such as the law, politics, and power structures at an educational institution.

Human Resource Development

The Adult Education and Organization Development concentration is designed to produce 21st century leaders with the competencies and capabilities to facilitate workplace learning, performance and change in any organizational setting.

Learning Technologies

The Learning Technologies concentration is designed for individuals interested in leading change through meaningful technology integration in either the business or school environments. The five concentration courses focus on areas in Instructional Design, Performance Support, Virtual communities, Learning in Participatory Culture and E-Learning Leadership. Through this coursework, students learn how to design and incorporate different learning technology platforms into school curriculum and business training settings. Develop learning technology leaders with the capacity to solve learning and performance problems collaboratively through a transformational model of change.

Special Education Leadership

Students are prepared to take on supervisory roles within the education system after gaining the unique leadership knowledge and skills needed to successfully direct programs within special education. Graduates are equipped with the advanced skills, knowledge, and competencies to head programs that meet the needs of students at risk for and with disabilities in a variety of environments.

Career Opportunities

Today’s educational administrators require superior expertise and competencies to lead complex organizations facing 21st century challenges.

The mission of Drexel’s EdD in Educational Leadership and Management is to produce multi-disciplined individuals with the skills and knowledge to lead complex communities. EdD graduates become experts in the instructional, managerial, financial, and strategic aspects of leadership and are comfortable working within a fluid political and multicultural environment, shaped by new technologies. Above all, they are people-oriented leaders with the energy and drive to motivate others to success.

For achievement-oriented students interested in educational management, the EdD provides a path to Superintendent Letter of Eligibility in Pennsylvania. The program also provides a competitive creative career track into leadership roles within public school districts and private institutions, universities and colleges, national and global foundations, organizations, corporations, and government agencies.

The EdD is an expansive, leading-edge program that will prepare you for a full range of educational opportunities connected to human and societal development, with a real understanding of the operations and responsibilities faced by rapidly changing, global learning environments.

If you have any questions regarding the program or application process please email