Educational Leadership Doctoral (EdD) Program Specializations

All students take a set of core classes together over two years. During that time, all students work together in smaller groups within an area of specialization.

We have an integrated doctoral program defined by specializations: Administration; Curriculum and Instruction; Postsecondary Education; and Special Education. (Note: Not all specializations are offered during each admission cycle. Please see the Admission page for more information about which specializations will be admitted during the next cycle.)

  • The Administration specialization is designed primarily for individuals who wish to increase their skills in the leadership and management of educational organizations and the study of educational policy in a K-12 setting.
  • The Curriculum and Instruction specialization focuses on strengthening the leadership of those who seek to impact curriculum, teaching, and learning across an array of educational settings.
  • The Postsecondary specialization emphasizes the development of postsecondary educational leaders equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to leverage and sustain inclusive and transformative learning environments and organizations.
  • The Special Education specialization emphasizes program leadership in school, community, and other agencies serving special needs of youth and adults.

Faculty advisors in each specialization will work with each student to determine the organizational setting in which the student wishes to conduct their dissertation research.