Educational and Organizational Leadership, EdD

The Mid-Career Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Mid-Career) prepares school leaders to be strategic decision makers at their institutions and guiding voices in education policy and practice. The Mid-Career program curriculum fosters a deep understanding of educational organizations, instruction, and learning as it intersects with the rapidly changing demands of education leadership. A typical student brings 10 to15 years of experience to the seminar table, drawn from experiences in public, private, and parochial schools. This mix is vital to the cohort and is the backbone of the curriculum. Taking an inquiry-based leadership perspective toward the ongoing transformation of public and private education, students become experts in:

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Leadership
  • Evidence-based Leadership

Support for students does not stop at graduation. The program is deeply committed to continuing to help alumni promote their ideas in the world, connect them with others who can solve practical problems, and advance their careers.


A total of 27 course units are required to graduate.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCourse Units
EDMC 601 Leading Teams and Fostering Learning Communities 0.5
EDMC 602 Social Foundations of Education 0.5
EDMC 604 Online-Research and Writing 1.5
EDMC 612 Introduction to Education Research 0.5
 Course Units3.00
EDMC 605 Frameworks for Understanding Literacy, Teaching & Learning 0.5
EDMC 606 Exploring Frameworks for Learners and Learning 0.5
EDMC 607 Qualitative Research Methods I 0.5
EDMC 608 Quantitative Methods I .5
EDMC 609 Leadership and Literature 0.5
EDMC 610 Public Leadership: Philosophy 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Qualifications Evaluation  
EDMC 611 Understanding Race and Politics 0.5
EDMC 613 Quantitative Methods II 0.5
EDMC 614 Qualitative Research Methods II 0.5
EDMC 615 Public Leadership: History 0.5
EDMC 616 Leadership Seminar: Theory & Cases 0.5
EDMC 617 Exploring/Enacting Leadership for STEM 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Second Year
EDMC 701 Proseminar I (Research Methods) 0.5
EDMC 702 Leadership and Emotional Intelligence 0.5
EDMC 703 Public Poliy Workshop I 0.5
EDMC 704 Online-Research and Writing 1.0
EDMC 705 Public Leadership: Social Contexts 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Premliminary Examination due  
EDMC 718 Instructional Technology 0.5
EDMC 719 Leadership for Humanities 0.5
EDMC 707 Educational Brand Management 0.5
EDMC 708 Research Proposal & Instrument Design I 0.5
EDMC 709 Online-Research and Writing 0.5
EDMC 717 Organizational Theory 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Oral Proposal held  
Year Two Benchmark Exam held  
EDMC 711 Engaging the Polis and Public of U.S. School Reform I 0.5
EDMC 713 Research Proposal & Instrument Design II 0.5
EDMC 710 Organizational Diagnostics 0.5
EDMC 714 Creating Contexts for Teacher Learning and Leadership 0.5
EDMC 716 Online-Research and Writing 1.0
 Course Units3.00
Third Year
EDMC 801 Proseminar II: Data Analysis and Reporting 0.5
EDMC 803 Dissertation/Research 2.5
 Course Units3.00
EDMC 812 Engaging the Polis and Public of U.S. School Reform II 0.5
EDMC 805 Inquiry Seminar 0.5
EDMC 806 Advanced Issues in Educational Leadership I 0.5
EDMC 807 Dissertation/Research 1
EDMC 811 EBL Capstone-Data Informed Inquiries 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Final Defense held  
Public Leadership Requirement due  
EDMC 808 Leading Instructional and Curricular Change 0.5
EDMC 809 Advanced Issues in Educational Leadership II 0.5
EDMC 810 Dissertation/Research 2
 Course Units3.00
 Total Course Units27.00

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.