Application Deadline: December 11, 2023
Next Start: January 2, 2024
If you’re an aspiring leader who wants to earn your terminal degree to lead strategically, ethically and create meaningful change, Spalding University’s online Doctorate of Education in Leadership (EdD: Leadership) is designed for you.
Our online EdD: Leadership program is a collaborative, interdisciplinary and globally conscious program for current and future leaders aspiring to use their influential voices to innovate and create sustainable, transformational change.
This mission-driven program is designed to address modern-day issues and lift you to the highest levels of leadership and education. Courses are intensive and delivered one at a time, allowing you to earn your terminal degree in just two years while continuing to work full-time.
With your EdD in Leadership, you will stand out as an exemplary practitioner of ethical organizational leadership, an extraordinary team builder, a systems thinker and a driver of change and innovation in a global economy.
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You’ll benefit from our program’s integrated and flexible format for instruction that promotes best practices in business, social services, the arts and higher education. Dynamic learning, rigorous and cutting-edge research and collaborative study underscore our educational process. You’ll connect with students from a diverse, cross-sectional cohort of professionals at a university with an outstanding reputation for quality education and a legacy of service.
Advanced Leadership Concepts in Practice
This course focuses on the interdisciplinary study of systems and on the systemic thinking that 21st-century leaders must adopt to lead effectively in a diverse world and global economy. Students learn how the current emphasis on the interdependence of individuals, groups, structures and processes contrasts sharply with the 19th- and early 20th-century philosophy that individuals and organizations thrive as independent agents. Students also analyze a case study to identify and articulate the underlying leadership problem(s).
Global and Cultural Perspectives
This course examines effective, ethical, creative and transformative ways of implementing organizational and community change. Students learn how a leader can drive and shape an organization to embrace, foster and promote individual and collective innovation. Further, students explore skills and strategies to systematize operations and confirm digital access and appropriate infrastructure for an organization to thrive in a global marketplace. In addition, through written and other forms of assessment, students demonstrate accountability in the mindful use and application of transformative processes, just as students learn strategic planning, the importance of team building and the significance of creating partnerships. Students also analyze a case study to identify and articulate the underlying leadership problem(s).
Organizational Innovation and Change
This course promotes a global understanding of the philosophical and civic traditions of leadership as the ethical construct of diverse practices in myriad organizations, institutions and societies. Students gain greater awareness of the cultural contradictions that influence contemporary organizations, especially in U.S. society, and learn to identify Western views of morality as well as ethical business practices in a competitive and diverse world marketplace. This course also focuses on ethical, mindful and legal decision-making based on compliance, regulations and customs in a global marketplace. Students demonstrate their learning via written assessments, oral presentations and other appropriate means of evaluation. This course moves away from the traditional construct of leadership as the manifestation of a single role and instead explores the more substantive concept of leaders’ relationships to internal and external constituents, as well as to cultural mores and constraints. In this course, students also enroll in and complete the required research ethics online course and must pass the assessment related to the course. Students must pass the quiz to pass EDD 905. Students also analyze a case study to identify and articulate the underlying leadership problem(s).
The purpose of this course is to educate doctoral-level students in the use of the scientific approach in research and to ensure informed decision-making grounded in empirical research. By critiquing research studies, students develop the knowledge, skills and aptitudes that characterize the disciplined researcher who conducts and applies qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed-method studies. This course challenges students to think systematically-yet-creatively about inquiry and about how inquiry aligns with an organization’s foundational design and performance-improvement principles. This course also promotes inquiry that informs ways in which leaders conceive, develop, implement and evaluate interventions (programs, products, systems and aids) to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
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. Typical leadership roles in the education sector include principal, superintendent, chancellor, dean, provost, education consultant, thought leader, department leader or faculty member. Other sectors include:
Live and work in Kentucky? Learn more about the opportunities available for EdD holders in Kentucky.
Spalding was the first university to be certified as a Compassionate College in the Charter for Compassion. Its Catholic heritage welcomes all and emphasizes the cultural understanding, diversity and dignity of everyone.
Develop leadership skills that are applicable to your organization’s goals, whether in the private, public, government or nonprofit sector.
Learn at a university rooted in quality learning, diversity, ethical leadership and a socially conscious legacy of service.
We created this program for aspiring leaders who want to advance their organizations to the next level. If you want to lead strategically and ethically, Spalding’s online EdD: Leadership program may be the right choice for you to advance your career and use your influential voice for good.
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An online doctor of education (EdD) program prepares students for leadership roles, and it focuses on both conducting and applying research (whereas PhD programs focus on conducting research). An EdD degree can be applied to multiple industries like business, education, nonprofit organizations, social work, public health and more.
Nope! This degree can be applied to the education industry and beyond. It is designed for students who want to pursue leadership roles in a variety of industries and disciplines including, but not limited to:
The EdD: Leadership program is flexibly designed for working professionals and can be completed in two years. Courses are delivered one at a time. Each term is 8 weeks long, and students complete 10 courses in 10 terms.
Our online EdD: Leadership program costs $840 per credit hour, for a total program investment of $50,400 (plus applicable fees). Financial aid is available to our online students.
Yes, this program is designed for full-time working professionals but requires dedication. Plan to allocate 20-25 hours each week to stay on track with coursework and projects.
Spalding University and the EdD: Leadership program are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
You will learn from doctorally prepared instructors who are also practicing organizational leaders and bring real-world perspectives to the classroom. As trusted Spalding University faculty members, they are committed to your success.
There is no GRE/GMAT required. To apply, you must complete an interview with a member of the Ed.D. faculty and submit the following:
No two leaders are built the same. Personality traits, career histories, and organizational culture shape how a leader sets goals, communicates with employees, and pursues success.
To stay ahead of the curve, businesses must embrace disruptive innovation, changing their strategies and services as their client base evolves. Regardless of industry, developing an innovation strategy is the key to building and maintaining a successful business.
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To proceed with either the BSN to MSN FNP or the BSN to DNP FNP, you are required to have a bachelor’s degree and hold your RN license.
If you don’t meet these requirements but would still like further information, please contact us.
To proceed with the EdD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Leadership, you are required to have a master’s degree.
If you don’t meet this requirement but would still like further information, please contact us.