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Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)


The Doctor of Education at Edgewood College offers a unique educational experience that cannot be matched by other area colleges. The program was designed through the collaborative efforts of faculty, school administrators, teachers, two- and four-year college and university faculty and administrators, and other educational and business leaders from across the state and the Midwest. The program is a standard of excellence for the preparation of educational leaders who work in PK-12 settings, in agency or government training, and in institutions of higher education.

Grounded in a strong knowledge base, our students engage in research that is meaningful, relevant, and directed toward the improvement of the schools, districts, institutions of higher learning, and agencies for which they work. Professional practice is assessed in authentic work settings. Our program is infused with content mastery, collaborative experience in school districts, post-secondary institutions, and educational agencies, and the ethical foundations of change that benefit teaching and learning at all levels and in a variety of educational settings.

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 - offered in either a Face-to-Face or Fully Online format - 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 positions.

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


Thank you, Edgewood, for helping me to attain the pinnacle of my educational aspirations. Thank you for preparing me for greater ministerial work in the vineyard of life. More importantly, thank you for enabling me to become an agent of change capable of positively affecting that which I would normally only complain about.
William McCoy, Ed.D. '10, Director, BELIEF, Northern Illinois University