Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership
Building upon its fully accredited status by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and program approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the School of Education at Concordia University Irvine is offering a Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership program, with its first cohort group beginning in January 2014.
- Blended Delivery System. The Ed.D. program provides an accommodative learning environment for students to interact with fellow students and with their instructors, both in person and online. Enjoy the personal nature of face-to-face with the ability to interact in an online environment.
- Focused 3-year Path to Graduation. The structural design of this doctoral program allows for graduation in as few as 33 to 36 months.
- Streamlined Dissertation Tract. This Ed.D. program has been designed to guide students through the dissertation process while completing their coursework. Senior faculty support doctoral students through the use of small group seminars that start as soon as students begin the program.
- Cohort Membership. The graduate program enables students to support and learn from other students, raising expectations that ALL but the occasional student will complete the program successfully.
- Small Cohort Size and Groupings. This doctoral program limits the number of students within a cohort to maintain a student to teacher ratio that is advantageous for active learning. Online learning groups are strategically arranged to facilitate interaction and learning among students and faculty.
- High Degree of Interaction with Faculty. The doctoral program is structured to enable frequent real-time interaction among students and instructors, in face-to-face and online settings.
- Experienced, Christian Educators. Concordia University has a strong faculty of educators who are faithful to the university’s mission to “empower students. . . for lives of learning, service, and leadership.”
- Rigorous and Integrated Curriculum. The Ed.D. curriculum gives students the knowledge-base to thrive in a competitive environment. Cultivating skills from a variety of disciplines, the program strives to foster systems thinking and to develop student abilities to lead and manage learning organizations.
- Scholarly Research. The doctoral program encourages research that utilizes theory and applied research to develop student abilities to generate new knowledge and to apply knowledge and skills to successfully lead diverse learning organizations.
- Ethical Leadership. The leadership of the Graduate School of Education promotes student analysis and application of ethical standards to build a shared vision in educational settings.
- Educational Trips. This Ed.D. program includes educational trips that enhance student understanding of policy, law, and practice to effect change in dynamic and diverse educational settings while building a sense of community among students and faculty (Trips to: Washington, DC and People’s Republic of China).
- Competitive Cost. The Concordia Ed.D. is competitively priced near or below other Ed.D. programs in the region. Tuition costs are also “locked” (no annual increase) for three years.