Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership {21-22}

Program Coordinator: Ximena Suarez-Sousa, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Department of Leadership & Learning

Lommen Hall 211C, (218) 477-2007

The doctorate program in Educational Leadership is designed to develop your leadership skills to meet today’s challenges in education. You will develop in-depth knowledge to be a creative change-agent committed to advocacy, action and equitable education. Conduct applied research to address today’s educational challenges. Enhance your soft skills to promote innovative leadership practices. Grow your professional learning network to encourage collaboration. When you complete your doctorate in Educational Leadership at MSUM you will transform educational institutions by putting theory into practice.

Ed.D. Degree in Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership will be delivered via a cohort model through a combination of online courses, face-to-face summer residencies and other electronic interactive instructional mentoring and communications. Courses in the program’s curriculum will be taught by approved doctoral level faculty and instructors in the College of Education & Human Services. This program is designed to meet the needs of master’s-prepared professionals seeking a terminal degree in leadership. A needs assessment survey and market research has determined regional demand for doctoral offerings, especially within geographically underserved populations. Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) proposes to offer the following degree program designed to meet the career and professional development needs for both P-12 Leadership and Higher Education Leadership professionals. In the EdD in higher education program, you explore governance in present-day postsecondary institutions and strategize for the future using established research and data. Small online and evening courses encourage open dialogue amongst faculty and peers of diverse backgrounds and professions, increasing your comfort in discussing complex topics from a leadership standpoint. You begin the dissertation process at the beginning of your program of study; in your first course, you are introduced to the doctoral dispositions.

Admission Requirements

Information on admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Studies webpage

Student Learning Outcomes

The Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership program is designed to specifically meet the needs of educational practitioners who:

  • seek advanced leadership positions in a range of educational institutions encompassing P-12 through technical/vocational schools and colleges and universities as well as related educational settings.
  • desire to strengthen and apply their knowledge and experiences.
  • broaden and deepen their reflection about values, trends and ethical issues in educational leadership.

This program is designed on the belief that future educational leaders are called to be creative, competent and compassionate change agents who are committed to advocacy, action, and are attentive to social justice issues. Students will receive a solid foundation to lead and transform educational institutions to meet the demands of an ever changing, culturally diverse, and technology-rich society.

Program Goals:

Upon completion of the Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) program in Educational Leadership students will have acquired the ability to:

  • Develop on-going inquiry and innovation around challenges in professional Educational Leadership practice
  • Evaluate, design and apply research methods to make a positive difference in the lives of students, families, and all members of the educational community.
  • Construct, lead and change learning organizations and systems that are purposeful, successful, compassionate and socially just contexts for learning.
  • Develop skills and knowledge needed for the effective leadership and management of complex organizations in a global technological and culturally diverse society.
  • Contrast and compare educational issues that affect the educational enterprise.
  • Design sound, educational policy, funding models and practices using data-driven decision making.
  • Create and sustain a community of leaders committed to collaboration, mutual support and continuous learning.

From the very first course, students examine their own doctoral dispositions and with subsequent summer residencies and milestones, students progressively build confidence in understanding research, writing the results, and defending their dissertations.

Through succeeding summer residencies and online course work, students progressively build research, analysis and writing skills to successfully navigate the dissertation process.

Program Delivery Mode
Online Plus: offered entirely online with face-to-face options available for some/all sections

Core Requirements ( 36 credits )

The curriculum consists of 72 total credit hours for the degree. The core required courses consist of 36 credits, 9 dissertation credits and two required summer one week residencies. 

Enrollment and attendance in two summer residency week-long courses are required. Summer residency courses will be scheduled in advance and will be held on the MSUM campus. Residency is the ideal opportunity to enhance your learning through sustained collaboration with MSUM faculty and other doctoral learners. This course is strategically planned for special presentations, group activities and visits to local schools and colleges, professional exchange forums and extended time for research and proposal development. Summer residency courses are ED 785 and ED 795.


ED 701 Introduction to Advanced Graduate Scholarship and Leadership (3)
ED 704 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3)
ED 705 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3)
ED 727 Educational Law and Policy: Historical, Political and Global Perspective (3)
ED 735 Social Justice, Culture, Diversity and Ethical Practice for Educational Leaders (3)
ED 740 Fiscal Management for Educational Growth and Change (3)
ED 767 Organization and Administration of Educational Leadership (3)
ED 772 Instructional Models for Learners and Leaders (3)
ED 782 Emerging Issues in Supervision and Administration (3)
ED 783 Strategic Assessment and Accountability in Education (3)
ED 785 Building a Compassionate Community of Scholars - 1st summer residency requirement (3)
ED 795 Research Seminar – 2nd summer residency requirement (3)
ED 799 Dissertation (9)

Program Requirements

27 elective or transfer credits with no more than 12 credits at the masters level are also required. Up to 27 credits (maximum of 12 masters credits and/or 27 doctoral/licensure credits) could be transferred and may be applied toward elective credits upon prior approval. The choice of elective and transfer credits must be approved by the faculty advisor prior to enrollment and during the creation of a plan of study.


ED 717 Adult Learners (2)
ED 753 College Student Development (3)
ED 780 Instructional Models (2)
ED 787 Teaching and Learning at the University Level (3)
ED 788 School Finance and Business Management (4)
ED 789 School Community Relations (2)
ED 793 Superintendent Seminar (3)
ED 793 Student Affairs and Higher Education Seminar (3)
ED 793 Community Education Seminar (3)
ED 793 Special Education Director Seminar (3)
ED 793 Services for Principals Seminar (3)
ED 793 Athletic and Activity Director Seminar (3)
ED 794 Elementary Principal Practicum (3)
ED 794 Secondary Principal Practicum (3)
ED 794 Superintendent Practicum (3)
ED 794 Student Affairs and Higher Ed Seminar (3)
ED 794 Special Education Director Practicum (3)
ED 794 Community Education Director Practicum (3)
ED 794 General Leadership Practicum (3)

ED 613 Social, Cultural, Political, and Community Dimensions of Education (4)
ED 630 Leadership, Planning, and Organizational Behavior in Education (3)
ED 631 Educational Law & Organizational Structure of Education (3)
ED 632 Curriculum, Instruction & Learning Theory (4)
ED 634 Personal Communication and Ethics (3)
ED 635 Personnel, Supervision & Staff Development (4)
ED 636 Policy and Educational Finance (2)
ED 640 PreK-12 School Administration (3)
ED 644 PreK-12 School Curriculum (3)
ED 660 Introduction to Student Affairs and College Counseling in Higher Education (3)
ED 662 Administration of Student Affairs and College Counseling in Higher Education (3)
ED 670 Educational Alternatives for Learning (2)
ED 671 Issues in Education (2)
ED 690 Topics in Education (2)
ED 527 Emerging Technologies (2)