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Doctor of Education in Leadership

Cultivate your skills and knowledge to become an ethical and global leader.

The Doctor of Education in Leadership (Ed.D.) is designed for professionals interested in building their leadership skills through scholarship. The program differs from a Ph.D. in that it is practitioner-based and the research you conduct can be applied to your professional work.


Through a diverse learning environment that encourages collaboration and conversation, graduates are prepared to manage people, lead departments, and serve as executives in education, healthcare, business, nonprofits, and more.


Required Orientation

EDD800 Student Orientation (0 cr.)

Required Organizational Leadership Core (12 credits)

EDD802 Leadership Theory (3 cr.)
EDD805 Ethical Dimensions in Organizational Leadership (3 cr.)
EDD855 Organization Development (3 cr.)
EDD856 Organizational Effectiveness (3 cr.)

Required Education Core (15 credits)

EDD810 Communication In Adult Learning Settings (3 cr.)
EDD811 Theories of Adult Learning (3 cr.)
EDD812 Advanced Teaching Techniques for Adult Learners (3 cr.)
EDD813 Advanced Curriculum Design (3 cr.)
EDD814 Assessment: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)

Required Inquiry Core (12 credits)

EDD809 Advanced Research Writing (3 cr.)
EDD821 Techniques for Research (3 cr.)
EDD822 Qualitative Research Design and Methods (3 cr.)
EDD823 Quantitative Research Design and Methods (3 cr.)

Contextual Electives (9 credits)

EDS741 Financial Management (3 cr.)
EDS742 Legal Issues in Education (3 cr.)
EDD816 Seminar: Topics in Education (3 cr.)
EDD818 Knowledge Development: Theory, Formats, and Applications (3 cr.)
EDD824 Leadership in Literature (3 cr.)
EDD826 Non-Western Cultural Thought: An Ethnographic Approach to Research and Leadership (3 cr.)
EDD840 Creativity and Innovation (3 cr.)
EDD850 Social Justice in a Global World (3 cr.)
EDD851 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Higher Education (3 cr.)
EDD852 Policy and Politics in Higher Education (3 cr.)
EDD853 Development and Evaluation of Postsecondary Education (3 cr.)
EDD854 Organizational Learning (3 cr.)
EDD871 Archival Research Methods (3 cr.)
EDD872 Leading Multi-Faith Lasallian Communities (3 cr.)
EDD873 Association for Mission (3 cr.)
EDD874 Lasallian Leadership Traditions (3 cr.)

Required Summative Activities (13 credits)

EDD899 Comprehensive Examination (1 cr.)
EDD830 Dissertation (11 cr.)
EDD834 Proposal Development (1 cr.)
EDD900 Dissertation Defense (0 cr.)

Program Outcomes

Upon completing this program, you will have advanced abilities in:

  • Communicate effectively.
  • Engage in complex critical thinking.
  • Engage others with justice, empathy, compassion, and cultural competence.
  • Become capable contributors to our knowledge.
  • Create and nurture learning organizations.
  • Lead appropriate organizational change.
  • Operate in a complex, global environment.
  • Demonstrate leadership competencies.

Discover and enhance your capacities as a thoughtful and empowered leader with the Ed.D. in Leadership at Saint Mary’s.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is ranked a Best Regional University (Midwest) by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.

1Courses listed may not reflect all current degree requirements as published in Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Course Catalog. Contact an enrollment counselor today for more information about this program.



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