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Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) Frequently Asked Questions

Who will benefit from this program?
Administrators in schools, churches, and organizations; teacher leaders; community leaders in organizations that offer educational services, and other specialists may be interested in earning a doctorate in educational leadership.

What is the difference between a Ph.D. and an Ed.D.?
An Ed.D. is for teachers, administrators, or other educators who wants to interact with academic research and make it practical. Both a Ph.D. and an Ed.D. are doctoral degrees. The Ph.D. is a doctorate of philosophy and an Ed.D. is a doctorate of education.

How is the program delivered?
The program can be completed completely online or on-campus at our Portland, Oregon Campus. Most of the classes in the on-campus program are face-to-face, with a few delivered online.

How long will it take to complete the program?
The Ed.D. program takes three to four years to complete.

Am I able to receive a license through the Ed.D. degree program?
This program is not designed to give a candidate a license to become an initial administrator. It is the student's responsibility to contact his/her state's licensing body to determine if earning a doctorate degree fulfills any state requirements for licensure. Oregon candidates seeking an Oregon Initial Administrator License (IAL) must first complete all IAL requirements, including all coursework and the practicum, before matriculating to the Ed.D. Oregon candidates who have an Oregon IAL (and a minimum of three years' experience in this role can be recommended for the Oregon Continuing Administrator License (CAL) upon completion of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Educational Administration. Oregon candidates currently enrolled in the CAL program are eligible to transfer up to 15 credits (18 if Concordia-Portland credits in the past seven years) into the Ed.D. program. Candidates who have completed the Oregon CAL program may transfer up to 15 credits (18 if Concordia-Portland credits in the past seven years) into the Ed.D. Educational Leadership program with a specialization in Educational Administration.

What are the admission requirements for this program?
See our checklist for the admission requirements.

How do I transfer -in credits?
All Candidates
Ed.D. transfer-in credit will be determined by appropriateness to the specialization and reviewed case-by-case if necessary. A total of 15 graduate credits may be transferred into the Ed.D program with the following stipulations:

  1. Up to nine graduate credits from an accredited institution if the earned credits are:
    • Appropriate to the specialization.
    • Completed in the last seven years. Enrollment into the Ed.D. Program must happen within that same seven year time span in order for the credits to transfer.
  2. Up to six graduate credits from an accredited institution for Qualitative Research Methods and/or Quantitative Research Methods course work previously completed if completed within the last seven years. Enrollment into the Ed.D. Program must happen within that same seven year time span in order for the credits to transfer.

 

Oregon and Washington Candidates Only

  • Up to 15 graduate credits from an accredited institution earned in the completion of the Oregon Continuing Administrator License (CAL) may be transferred into the Ed.D Educational Administration specialization if coursework was completed within the last seven years. Enrollment into the Ed.D. Program must happen within that same seven year time span in order for the credits to transfer.

 

Concordia University, Portland Candidates Only

  1. All 18 graduate credits for the Educational Administration specialization earned in completion of the Oregon Continuing Administrator License (CAL) can be transferred into the Ed.D Educational Administration specialization if the program was completed within the last seven years. Enrollment into the Ed.D. Program must happen within that same seven year time span in order for the credits to transfer.
  2. Students who have successfully completed the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership or the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program with a Teacher Leadership strand from Concordia University-Portland within the last seven years will have nine of their credits transfer into the Ed.D. Teacher Leadership Specialization. Enrollment into the Ed.D. Program must happen within that same seven year time span in order for the credits to transfer.
  3. Any Concordia-Portland student who has successfully completed the MAT program within the last seven years will be able to transfer up to six credits into the Educational Leadership specialization. Enrollment into the Ed.D. Program must happen within that same seven year time span in order for the credits to transfer.

 

Note:
Oregon candidates seeking an Oregon Initial Administrator License (IAL) must first complete all IAL requirements, including all coursework and the practicum, before matriculating into the Ed.D. Program.
Oregon candidates who have an Oregon Initial Administrative License (IAL) and a minimum of three years’ experience in this role can be recommended for the Oregon Continuing Administrator License (CAL) upon completion of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Educational Administration.
Oregon candidates currently enrolled in the Continuing Administrator License (CAL) program are eligible to transfer up to 15 credits (18 if Concordia-Portland credits in the past seven years) into the Ed.D. Program. Enrollment into the Ed.D. Program must happen within that same seven year time span in order for the credits to transfer.
Candidates who have completed the Oregon Continuing Administrator License (CAL) program may transfer up to 15 credits (18 if Concordia-Portland credits in the past seven years.) into the Ed.D Program with a specialization in Educational Administration. Enrollment into the Ed.D. Program must happen within that same seven year time span in order for the credits to transfer.
The Concordia Ed.D in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Educational Administration satisfies all CAL requirements, and Oregon candidates who complete the Ed.D Program with a specialization in Educational Administration and have already earned an Oregon Initial Administrator License (IAL) can be recommended for the Oregon Continuing Administrator License (CAL).