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.
Social justice is interwoven in every aspect of our doctoral program, from admissions to course work to the dissertation process. In the first year, we talk about leadership through the lens of self. What biases are you bringing from your own life to your leadership experience? In the second year, we examine organizational structures and how they work. How do we practice social justice within these structures? By the third year, we’re looking at the global society. How do we now become leaders of social justice for the world?
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:
Blended coursework that combines face-to-face sessions, online learning, and field experiences make the EDLR program the ideal option for the working professional.
Come together with colleagues to resolve case studies that allow for professional collaboration in our cohort-based program. 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.
Seattle University College of Education is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED): 100 colleges and schools which have committed resources to work together to prepare educational leaders to become well-equipped scholarly practititioners who provide stewardship of the profession and meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.
All doctoral students will participate in the Thematic Dissertation in Leadership Practice (TDiLP), which is informed by cooperative comumity-based research and based on CPED working principles and design concepts. The group dissertations connect EdD research and inquiry with real-world leadership practice to bring about productive commmunity change.
Without SU, “I would not have become the leader I am today. What I learned is that when we dream big, and when we decide that the pathway to get there is through the strengths we do have – that is when big things happen.”
> 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.
The EDLR program has exceeded my expectations in helping me to grow as an individual and professional.Dane Fukomoto Alumnus, EDLR (Adult & Post Secondary Leadership)
The EDLR program encourages leaders to engage in critical reflection and to challenge conventional assumptions in order to practice one’s profession with purpose, commitment, and through a systemic and reflective lens.Someireh Amirfaiz Alumnus, EDLR (Public/Nonprofit Leadership)