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Doctorate of Education

Help shape the future of education.

"The personal and professional satisfaction I’ve gotten out of this program is significant. This university experience has probably been the best schooling experience I’ve ever had."

Megan Aichler, EdD '16

Educating a new kind of leader

At Concordia University, our doctoral degree program is designed to prepare candidates to become transformational leaders in education-related fields, ready to make an immediate and long-term positive impact in schools, government, academia, business, and not-for-profit organizations.

Why earn an EdD?

An EdD from Concordia will help you gain critical leadership and decision-making skills through rigorous, in-depth project-based learning and purposeful collaborations. Our doctorate of education is ideal for those who want to interact with academic research and make it practical – in classrooms, school districts, or community agencies and organizations. Candidates in the program include teachers, administrators, social workers, business owners, community advocates, and those who work in non-profits and higher education.

Why Concordia?

Concordia has been preparing leaders in education for more than 110 years. Classes are taught by professors who are dedicated to helping you become the best educator and educational advocate you can be. Through small cohorts, personal instruction, and a supportive community, we help you stay on track and achieve your goals.

Your roadmap for success

The EdD is designed to be completed in three to four years, depending on whether you transfer in credits. The program consists of four phases:

  • Phase I: Core Candidacy – includes core coursework and writing development classes that lay the foundation for the program.
  • Phase II: Specialization Candidacy – complete 18 credits toward your area of specialization.
    • Educational Administration
    • Teacher Leadership
    • Higher Education
    • Transformational Leadership
    • Professional Leadership, Inquiry & Transformation
  • Phase III: Research Candidacy – includes focus on research and writing.
  • Phase IV: Dissertation Candidacy – complete your research topic, write the final chapters of your dissertation, then defend your dissertation to your committee.


Making the EdD more affordable

We offer a variety of scholarships and grants designed to make an education at a small, private liberal arts university more affordable than you think. 

  • Lutheran College or CU Alumni Grant equal to 20% off tuition
  • District Partnership Scholarship:30% off tuition for on campus or hybrid, $10,000 for online
  • $10,000 AmeriCorps/Peace Corps Alumni Grant
  • Lutheran Educator Grant, equal to 20% off tuition
  • $500 Early Enrollment Award
  • Educational Resource Scholarship to help with textbook costs
  • plus private scholarships and federal student loans

When selecting graduate education degrees, more teachers choose Concordia University than any other university in the Northwest.

Your degree your way

The EdD program can be completed online, on-campus in Portland, or through a hybrid option that combines online and on-campus classes – whatever works best for you. These options are designed with today’s busy lifestyle in mind, perfect if you’re already balancing work, family, and other responsibilities, yet have the drive and desire to move up the education ladder.