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Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning (EdD)


The Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning is designed to prepare working professionals to lead, teach, and consult in the public and private sectors.  This program will equip individuals with the highest level of scholarship and practical experience relevant to service in traditional public, private, and online education settings, as well as in educational businesses, churches, or non-profit organizations. The EdD Leadership and Learning program consist of 33 core credit hours and the concentration courses are an additional 15 credit hours.


School and Community Leadership (SCL):  Designed to prepare candidates for leadership roles in K-12 public schools, private schools, educational non-profit organizations, or other non-traditional educational settings. In addition to the core curriculum, preparation in this concentration includes advanced research and study in the following areas: human resources in education, finance for educational settings, assessment and evaluation for educational effectiveness, and theories of school and community leadership.

Curriculum and Instructional Leadership (CIL): Designed to prepare candidates to lead curriculum development, innovative learning experiences, and instructional best practices at the highest level. Preparation in this concentration will enhance candidates’ skills and/or potential for positions such as instructional coach, instructional coordinator, curriculum designer, or training development manager.

Career Pathways after Completion

  • Training and Development Manager
  • Instructional Coordinator or Coach
  • Curriculum Director/Coordinator
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • CEO/Executive of Non-Profit Organization
  • Education Director in Religious Settings

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates of the program will demonstrate how to apply leadership principles and lead change in organizations. (Transformative Action)
  • Graduates of the program will be able to articulate instructional theories supporting positive student outcomes, provide effective support and feedback to practitioners, and evaluate teacher effectiveness using a variety of valid and reliable measures. (Instructional Excellence)
  • Graduates of the program will be able to describe research-based elements of effective and innovative learning environments and how these environments can be dynamically adjusted to meet the needs of all learners. (Innovative Learning)
  • Graduates of the program will be able to identify and analyze critical issues of equity and diversity facing organizations to develop leadership recommendations. (Critical Change)
  • Graduates of the program will be able to identify current problems of practice, develop a design for analysis and appropriate methodologies to conduct meaningful research in the field of educational leadership. (Investigating Contemporary Issues)
* Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Anderson University has developed a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning (EdD) with plans to launch this degree program in Fall 2021. During the time pending review and approval by the Commission, the University can provide information on the program and receive applications for admission.


For more information, please visit: AU EdD in Leadership and Learning