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.

Founded upon Lutheran values of grace, intellectual curiosity, and open discourse, Concordia fosters student success. Both our faculty and alumni are committed to continuous innovation. Our doctoral students -- known for bringing relevant and impactful insights to their workplaces – are highly sought after upon graduation and typically field numerous career opportunities.

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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 program is designed to be completed in three years:  

  • Phase one: Core – includes core courses and scholarly writing courses
  • Phase two: Concentration – focused study in one of the following concentrations: 
    • Administrative Leadership
    • Higher Education
    • Instructional Leadership
    • Professional Leadership, Inquiry & Transformation
    • Transformational Leadership
  • Phase three: Research – includes research and prospectus writing courses, research methods courses, and dissertation course

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