Seattle University’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership prepares you with the skills you need to further your leadership career. Here you will embark on a reflective study of your own identity as a leader and your sense of self as it integrates with leadership practice in organizations with global perspectives. You will emerge from the EDLR program prepared to lead with a passionate commitment toward transformative social change and personal connections that will serve you throughout your career.
Established in 1976, our program has a distinguished reputation for producing leaders who are making a difference in our world, including chancellors and college presidents, award-winning superintendents and principals and leaders in business, non-profit organizations, healthcare and the government. It is that venerable history and our cohort model matched with specialized concentrations that fosters a strong and invaluable network of skilled leaders from diverse fields of practice and expertise.
A unique feature of our EDLR program is the Thematic Dissertation in Leadership Practice (TDiLP), which leverages cohort teams, working under faculty supervision, to engage in action-based research with a community partner. Together, you and your cohort members will conduct group thematic dissertations that require real-world application of leadership skills while being client-oriented. All dissertations are collaboratively conducted, written and defended. This process has been integral to our graduates being acknowledged as high-level practitioners in their respective fields while contributing meaningful solutions and bases of knowledge to some of society’s greatest challenges.
“a leader who sets the stage for the staff to be brilliant and for the patient to be empowered.”
Emphasis for admission eligibility is placed on prior academic record, your professional/personal recommendations and writing samples—rather than just a standardized test score.
Blended coursework that combines face-to-face sessions, online learning and field experiences makes the EDLR the ideal option for the working professional.
Face-to-face class meetings where you come together with colleagues to resolve case studies allow for professional collaboration. Faculty and fellow graduate students offer you a broad-based knowledge of the field, lifelong friends and fellow colleagues in educational leadership. The cohort models build a sense of connection for alumni and collaborators.
As a graduate student in the EDLR program, you will enjoy complimentary membership in the Carnegie Project on Educational Doctorate (CPED).
You will individualize your doctoral program and expand your professional expertise by selecting one of our collaborative doctoral concentrations. Each concentration typically includes tailored courses and access to a community of scholar-practitioners who are passionate about this leadership. Concentrations include:
> Adult/Higher Education Leadership
> K-12 Leadership
> Leadership Across the Disciplines (health, nonprofit/public admin, theology, etc.)
“The EDLR program has exceeded my expectations in helping me grow as an individual and professional”.
– Dane Fukomoto, Alumnus, Adult & Post-Secondary Leadership
“The EDLR program encourages leaders to engage in critical reflection and to challenge conventional assumption in order to practice one’s profession with purpose, commitment, and through a systemic and reflective lens.”
– Someireh Amirfaiz, Alumnus, Public/Nonprofit Leadership
> Prepared to be an ethical leader in service to your organizations and communities.
> Prepared to be a reflective leader who integrates theory and research for effective practice.
> Prepared to be a competent professional leader in your chosen field.
> Prepared to be culturally competent to lead within an interdependent world.
> Demonstrate ethical standards in all leadership practices.
> Demonstrate responsiveness to the varying needs of communities and organizations and recognize the strengths of working with diverse populations.
> Develop practical leadership skills to build effective team-oriented approaches through collaboration and consensus building.
> Exhibit leadership behaviors such as: effective strategic thinking, problem solving, reflection and community building.
> Develop skills for designing, critiquing and implementing relevant research to affect practice, advance social justice and enact effective change.
> Create responses to changing community, organizational and group environments and problems.
> Create appropriate and unique solutions and develop adaptive learning organizations.
> Demonstrate oral and written communication competency.