Educational Leadership program prepares leaders for real-world inquiry, giving graduates the ability to effectively use data and information to lead successful organizations. The doctoral program consists of a core curriculum in leadership studies, courses in a professional concentration, intentional internships and independent studies all organized to meet the needs of our students. We believe this individualized approach to learning contributes to the program's high completion rate, with 85% of our EDLR students completing the program.
After an intensive summer introduction for the new cohort, participants in the doctoral program are involved in seminars that focus on the Leader as Self, Leader in Organizations, and Leader in a Global and Interdependent World. Students also engage in year-long projects, culminating in an oral leadership defense.
The EDLR at SU includes a capstone Thematic Dissertation in Practice research component, requiring each student to conduct inquiry relevant to information needs of a learning organization. Students form thematic dissertation groups led by at least one doctoral faculty mentor and organized around broad, complex, organization-based issues or problems relevant to leadership. Lines of inquiry are tied to the professional concentration areas supported by the EDLR Program: K-12 leadership, Adult/Postsecondary/ Higher Education, Spirituality, Public/Non-Profit Leadership. The research concludes with a culminating project-based dissertation and leadership defense.
Offering professional formation for practicing leaders, the concentration areas provide a variety of choices that allow participants to build upper-level skills aligned with their professional goals. Research in an area of concentration that is most meaningful to the student leads to real-life skill development.