Doctorate of Education

Help shape the future of education.

Join the thought leaders in learning

An EdD from Concordia will help you gain critical leadership and decision-making skills through rigorous project-based learning and targeted, 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.

Built on a foundation advancing educational progress, Concordia faculty and alumni are recognized by a shared vision of continuous innovation. Our doctoral students, known for bringing relevant and impactful insights to their workplace, typically field countless dynamic career opportunities upon graduation. 

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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.

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. These options reflect today’s busy lifestyle, so you can balance work, family, and other responsibilities with a desire to move up the education ladder.

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 goal.

"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

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.

  • Alumni Grant equal to 20% off tuition
  • $10,000 AmeriCorps/Peace Corps Alumni Grant
  • $10,000 School District Partnership Grant
  • Lutheran Educator Grant, equal to 20% off tuition
  • $1,200 Educational Resource Scholarship
  • $5,000 Seasonal Scholarship

(This information is for the 2017-18 academic year)

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 – foundational core coursework and writing development classes.
  • Phase II: Specialization Candidacy – complete 18 credits toward your specialization.
    • Administrative Leadership
    • Instructional 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, finalize and defend your dissertation to your committee.

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