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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Empowers K-12 Leaders

Wilmington University’s doctorate in educational leadership degree is designed to create innovative scholar-practitioners. Accredited by CAEP, WilmU's College of Education uses courses grounded in reality to prepare capable leaders and artful change agents, well equipped to address the challenges facing today’s American schools.


A Doctorate in Education with Three Pathways of Study

The Teacher Leader track is the only program of its kind in the region and supports the role of advanced practitioner in the K-12 classroom. The School Leader track inspires candidates to problem-solve and enrich interactions among faculty and leadership on the school level. The District Leader track studies impactful change across the K-12 spectrum.

Complete Your Educational Leadership Ed.D. in Three Years

Busy educators can’t always set aside years at a time for advanced study. WilmU’s flexible Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program uses skillfully designed curricula, a hybrid online/face-to-face schedule and accelerated learning options to provide doctoral study with no career disruption.

Learn From and Alongside Engaged Education Leaders

You will address a real issue in education leadership through a practice-based action research project, with guidance from faculty who are engaged, subject matter experts. The cohort model used in this Ed.D. degree program fosters collaboration with fellow candidates who will form a regional network of education leaders you can call upon during your career.


The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program at Wilmington University is CAEP Accredited The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


Choose from three concentrations, based on your career goals:

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Building Leadership
  • District Leadership
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Total credits vary based on concentration selected.
49-51 total credits

$1,896 per course

Cost of a typical 3-credit doctoral degree course taken at our
Wilson Graduate Center or online. Wilmington University tuition is based on cost-per-credit.
You only pay for the courses you need to complete your doctoral degree.

Career and industry outlook for
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership graduates.

11.7% projected job growth

8,320 annual openings

Earn your doctorate from the school chosen by many top teachers throughout the area. WilmU is the leading choice, chosen by 56% of Delaware’s elementary education teachers and 91% of Delaware’s K-12 school leaders.

The Educational Leadership doctoral program allowed me — a classroom teacher — to work closely with administrators, an opportunity I would not otherwise been able to experience. I learned a great deal about their perspective when making school decisions, and have since been able to relate that perspective to teachers in my own district when administrative decisions are under discussion. — Jessica Hawk-Ippolito
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Jessica Hawk-Ippolito Testimonial

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