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Ed.D. Program Overview


Dr. Peter Burke

“Our students, and their academic success, are first and foremost for all of the doctoral faculty and staff at Edgewood College. Doctoral program professionals create and help maintain a learning community where members work hard at developing a partnership not only with and between the students but also with those external to their learning environment. Life outside of the classroom is balanced with intellectual pursuits to create a satisfying graduate school experience for all.”

Dr. Peter Burke
Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Edgewood College



Courses in the Doctor of Educational Leadership program are offered in two locations - Madison and Wausau.

Two distinct concentrations are offered:

PK-12 Administrative Leadership Ed.D - prepares graduates for positions as principals, superintendents, and other school site district administrators.

Higher Education Leadership Ed.D - prepares graduates for critical positions at 2-year and 4-year institutions as college presidents, student support services administrators, faculty, or in businesses where training and instruction are valued postitions.

Program Highlights

Students progress through the course sequence as a cohort, learning from each other and developing a strong professional bond that continues after graduation.

Students are supported by multiple professionals throughout their educational journey, including a faculty liaison, professional mentor, and an advising community that consists of students, faculty advisors, a writing coach, readers, and working professionals.

Participation of past and present cohorts provide ongoing support and communication for current students, creating a valuable network of professional relationships.

Coursework is completed in six contiguous terms, beginning in the summer and concluding at the end of the spring semester, two years later. 85% of our graduates complete their coursework and dissertation within three years.

The coursework schedule is designed with the working professional in mind. Courses are offered on the weekends with blended learning infused into the curriculum.

Technology is used to enhance face-to-face instruction throughout the program.

Curriculum is integrated with research and writing embedded throughout the coursework.

The Doctor of Education program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the superintendent license and is also NCATE accredited. Edgewood College has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University,” among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes, and a “Best in the Midwest College” by Princeton Review.