Purpose of Program
The purpose of the Concordia doctorate program is to practice informed inquiry, engage in scholarly pursuits, and prepare transformative leaders to create, engage in, and effectively manage a variety of professional partnerships. Designed to rigorously prepare candidates to become transformational leaders, the Concordia doctoral program offers an intensive curriculum taught by a faculty of highly regarded scholars from diverse universities and businesses. Courses are seven and a half weeks in length, and are limited to 15 candidates to ensure quality. Candidates can complete the program on campus or online.
The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) currently has five specialization options:
The Educational Administration specialization is designed for chief executives, superintendents, and experienced and certificated principals. It does NOT lead to initial licensure for administrators in the state of Oregon. The curriculum and pedagogy is based at a high organizational functioning capacity, encompassing visionary leadership, instructional improvement, effective management, inclusive practice, ethical leadership, and socio-economic context at the school district level.
The Concordia University Doctoral Program’s non-licensure specialization in Teacher Leadership develops the knowledge, ability, and capacity to positively impact practice, programs, and policy. Teachers are natural leaders. Leadership exists in people, not places or positions. Leadership requires innovative, energetic, and transformational strategies designed to choreograph and orchestrate learning. Teachers are leaders. Teachers embracing leadership will matriculate through powerful learning conditions that are centered on a core of intensive, curriculum-based courses steeped in reflective academic knowledge work, seminal philosophy and theoretical examination, and accepted empirical inquiry. Through professional development, systemic innovation, or program facilitation, candidates who plan on leadership roles in classrooms, grade level, or building positions such as department chairs, instructional coaches, staff developers, teachers on special assignment, data teams, and so on, will want to enroll in the Teacher Leadership specialization.
This program includes an emphasis on both Higher Education Administration and Higher Education Teaching and is designed to prepare leaders for leadership, teaching, and service positions in colleges, universities, community colleges, governmental agencies, educational associations, and other public and private post-secondary educational settings. Graduates may pursue careers in teaching, admissions, student services, student records, intercollegiate athletics administration, campus facilities, university business offices, institutional advancement, institutional research, and other administrative and support services in higher education.
The Transformational Leadership specialization is intended for diverse fields of leadership including school, business, organization, and church leadership and managerial endeavors. Aspiring school principals, albeit without certification, community organizations, non-profits, professional development, consultants, and seminar and conference leaders would matriculate in this specialization.
The Professional Studies specialization enables Ed.D. candidates to design and implement a program of study from existing specialization coursework except Educational Administration. This choice, flexibility, and electivity is intended to better match or fit candidates' purposes, goals, and needs than one specialization alone could. To that end, candidates will apply for the Professional Studies specialization by submitting to the Director of Doctoral Studies a rationale that includes the purpose, goals, and course titles of the 18 credits to be taken. Upon approval, candidates can commence Professional Studies coursework at the next available course start. Courses in the Educational Administration specialization cannot be selected and no licenses, certificatiion, or endorsements are part of the Professional Studies specialization.
The Ed.D. Program is 59 credits.