Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.)
Become a transformational leader
Our doctoral program in education is designed to help you become a transformational education leader with dynamic career opportunities. Courses are practical and research-based, providing valuable leadership and decision-making skills through rigorous, project-based learning and purposeful collaboration.
The program can be completed on campus in NE Portland, completely online, or a hybrid combination of both of these options.
If you opt to pursue the program online, Concordia utilizes an innovative virtual residency that you can finish whenever and wherever you like. This offers you the same learning opportunities as our traditional face-to-face residency and connects you with fellow students and mentors.
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.
The curriculum encompasses visionary leadership, instructional improvement, effective management, inclusive practice, ethical leadership, and socio-economic context at the school district level.
The Teacher Leadership specialization develops the knowledge, ability, and capacity to positively impact practice, programs, and policy.
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 candidates for leadership, teaching, and service positions in colleges, universities, community colleges, government agencies, education 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 in schools, businesses, organizations, and churches. Those who aspire to be school principals, professional development leaders, consultants, community and nonprofit organization managers, and seminar/conference leaders would matriculate in this specialization.
Professional Leadership, Inquiry & Transformation
The Professional Leadership, Inquiry & Transformation specialization enables EdD candidates to design and implement a program of study from existing specialization coursework, except for Educational Administration. This choice 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 Leadership, Inquiry & Transformation 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 Leadership, Inquiry & Transformation coursework at the next available course start. Courses in the Educational Administration specialization cannot be selected and no licenses, certification, or endorsements are part of the Professional Leadership, Inquiry & Transformation specialization.