Online Doctorate of Education in Leadership

Spalding University’s online Doctorate of Education in Leadership (EdD Leadership) program is an interdisciplinary, collaborative and globally conscious program for current and future leaders who aspire to use their influential voices to innovate and create sustainable, transformational change.

Earning your EdD in Leadership affords you a wide variety of career options. Graduates from our program carry out our mission to serve others in a variety of industries, organizations and disciplines. 

Education Sector Leadership Roles
Typical leadership roles in the education sector include principal, superintendent, chancellor, dean, provost, education consultant, thought leader, department leader or faculty member. 

Business Sector Leadership Roles
Graduates with an EdD in Leadership can pursue positions such as chief learning/education/executive officer, or step into positions in human resources leadership, employee development and training, consultancy, thought leadership or public affairs.

Nonprofit Sector Leadership Roles 
Nonprofit leadership positions often include director or administrator titles as well as roles in fundraising, development, association leadership, arts and cultural organizations or think tanks.

Public Sector Leadership Roles
Graduates can take their terminal leadership degree into public roles as government officials, into military and veterans affairs, public health or policy leadership.

EdD Leadership Program Outcomes

Advanced Leadership Concepts in Practice
Evolve your leadership approach through the analysis of traditional and modern theory and personal development.

Global and Cultural Perspectives
Develop a sophisticated awareness and understanding of the cultural differences in local, national, and global contexts to inform evolved leadership practice.

Organizational Innovation and Change
Use proven methods and systems thinking to facilitate innovation and influence organizational transformation.

Research-Informed Decision-Making
Apply research best practices and methodologies to support impactful, data-driven decisions, demonstrated in a final capstone project.

Online Master of Social Work

Earning your MSW affords you a wide variety of career options. According to the CSWE, examples of careers for MSW graduates include agency executive director or administrator, school social worker, youth services advocate, medical social worker, family social worker, substance abuse counselor and clinical social worker. The CSWE reports that 9 in 10 social workers recommend a social work degree to others.

Work Environment

Social workers held more than 700,000 jobs in 2020, with employment distribution as follows:

  • Child, family and school social workers - 335,300
  • Healthcare social workers - 184,900
  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers - 124,000
  • Social workers, all other - 71,400

The largest employers of social workers were as follows:

  • Individual and family services - 18%
  • Local government, excluding education and hospitals - 14%
  • Ambulatory healthcare services - 14%
  • State government, excluding education and hospitals - 14%

Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

Job Outlook

Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12% from 2020 to 2030, which is faster than the average for all occupations. On average, nearly 80,000 openings for social workers are projected each year over the next decade.

Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

Online Master of Science in Nursing–Family Nurse Practitioner

Spalding University’s online Master of Science in Nursing–Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) clinically prepares and actively supports busy nurses through a thoughtfully constructed and flexible online format. When you enroll in the family nurse practitioner online program at Spalding, you join a service-oriented, faith-based community at a school that is recognized as a top university in the nation.

Nurse practitioner (NP) climbs to #3 in the 100 Best Jobs list from U.S. News & World Report.
There are many benefits of becoming a family nurse practitioner, including a new level of independence and career fulfillment, opportunities to pursue a more traditional work schedule and an increased salary. Perhaps even more importantly, you can improve the health outcomes for patients and families through education and preventive care and meet the increasing demand for primary care providers in underserved regions.

52% Projected Job Growth 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the overall employment of NPs will grow 52% by 2030. Growth will occur due to a retiring workforce, an increased emphasis on preventive care and growing demand for healthcare services from the aging population.

$111,680 Median Annual Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median salary of well over $100k for some NPs, with others earning substantially more, depending on tenure and work environment.

MSN-FNP Program Outcomes

Evidence-Based Family Practice
Integrate research, critical thinking and data to make informed care decisions.

Advanced Nursing Science
Build essential knowledge in the foundational science of primary care family practice.

Professional Role Development
Apply skills through experiential learning, along with discussion and assignments that support the integration of theory as well as professional ethics and values.

Health Promotion and Advocacy 
Influence the health and well-being of patients from all backgrounds, with context to cultural factors and socioeconomic causes of healthcare disparities.

MSW Program Themes

Integrative Social Work Foundations

Understand how social change occurs, what roles social workers can play in change processes, and how social workers engage diversities and differences across systems.

Advancing Social Justice

Build the tools to promote social and economic equity through examination of social justice frameworks and policy analysis.

Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice

Apply theory and skills that are essential to well-reasoned, justice-promoting decisions as a social work practitioner.