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 6010 Leading Teams and Fostering Learning Communities 0.5
EDMC 6020 Social Foundations of Education 0.5
EDMC 6040 Online Research and Writing 1.5
EDMC 6120 Introduction to Education Research 0.5
 Course Units3.00
EDMC 6050 0.5
EDMC 6060 Exploring Frameworks for Learners and Learning 0.5
EDMC 6070 Qualitative Research Methods I 0.5
EDMC 6080 Quantitative Methods I .5
EDMC 6090 0.5
EDMC 6100 Public Leadership: Philosophy 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Qualifications Evaluation  
EDMC 6110 Understanding Race and Politics 0.5
EDMC 6130 Quantitative Methods II 0.5
EDMC 6140 Qualitative Research Methods II 0.5
EDMC 6150 0.5
EDMC 6160 Leadership Seminar: Theory & Cases 0.5
EDMC 6170 Exploring/Enacting Leadership for STEM 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Second Year
EDMC 7010 Proseminar I (Research Methods) 0.5
EDMC 7020 Leadership and Emotional Intelligence 0.5
EDMC 7030 Public Policy Workshop I 0.5
EDMC 7040 Online Research and Writing 1.0
EDMC 7050 Public Leadership: Social Contexts 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Premliminary Examination due  
EDMC 7180 Instructional Technology 0.5
EDMC 7190 0.5
EDMC 7070 0.5
EDMC 7080 Research Proposal & Instrument Design I 0.5
EDMC 7090 Online Research and Writing 0.5
EDMC 7170 Organizational Theory 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Oral Proposal held  
Year Two Benchmark Exam held  
EDMC 7110 Engaging the Polis and Public of U.S. School Reform Landscape I 0.5
EDMC 7130 Research Proposal & Instrument Design II 0.5
EDMC 7100 Organizational Diagnostics 0.5
EDMC 7140 Creating Contexts for Teacher Learning and Leadership 0.5
EDMC 7160 Online-Research and Writing 1.0
 Course Units3.00
Third Year
EDMC 8010 Proseminar II: Data Analysis and Reporting 0.5
EDMC 8030 Dissertation/Research 2.5
 Course Units3.00
EDMC 8120 0.5
EDMC 8050 0.5
EDMC 8060 Advanced Issues in Educational Leadership I 0.5
EDMC 8070 Dissertation/Research 1
EDMC 8110 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Final Defense held  
Public Leadership Requirement due  
EDMC 8080 Leading Instructional and Curricular Change 0.5
EDMC 8090 Advanced Issues in Educational Leadership II 0.5
EDMC 8100 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 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.