edd in educational leadership and management

transformational leadership in education.


degree overview


the need for leaders and innovators in the world of education is greater than ever before. become one of these leaders and innovators with the doctor of education in educational leadership and management degree program offered by the california school of education (csoe) at alliant international university. graduates of this program go on to become agents of change in educational organizations and effective theorists prepared to guide the next generation of transformational educators.

starting in 2019, we are offering a direct line from your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree to your edd in educational leadership and management. 


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degree highlights


credential collaboration

if you have already taken our administrative services credential program, you can reduce the coursework needed for this degree even further—from 46 to 34 credits. that means you can get the same quality education in just over 1 year, instead of about 3 years.


hands-on learning

as with all of alliant’s programs, field training is paired with classroom learning. you will learn vital theories while also gaining experience in effectively directing budgets and finances, allocating resources, and managing staff—preparing you to lead in your career as soon as you take your first step off of the commencement stage.


two new tracks 

the bachelor’s track is a 3-to-4-year program specifically designed to train you past a master’s-level education and through your dissertation and to your doctoral degree.

the master’s track is a shorter, more specialized format that is designed specifically for those already in possession of a master’s degree.


two new specializations

our new edd in educational leadership and management degree program format  is offered with two new specialization tracks in social justice studies and k-12/charter school studies; and is only 46 credits long, removing almost a full year from your path to an edd.


small classes, tailored guidance

the dedication from, and interaction with, our faculty is imperative for success. so, we keep our classes small, which means you get big opportunities to connect with your instructor, classmates, and staff. from projects, research, and readings throughout your coursework, to the entire topic of your dissertation, you get guidance from those who have been there before, so you can get where you want to go.


foundational education

since you only need your bachelor’s to enter this program, it contains classes that will teach you the foundations of research, analysis, and writing that you will need for your dissertation, and that you would normally find in a master’s-level program.

“in my experience with alliant it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer—and so, i feel like i got tools through my learning at alliant that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”
evelyn serrano
csoe alumna

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frequently asked questions

  • what is the career outlook for graduates of the edd in educational leadership and management degree program?

    the career outlook for those who have obtained their edd in educational leadership and management is relatively strong, as they will be entering a job market that is actively looking for people with the unique skills they possess as trained educational administrators. with over 18,000 of these positions expected to be needed over the next 8 years, there is a real imperative that there is a fresh pipeline of educational administrators and innovators that possess the knowledge and training needed to lead education into and though the 21st century.

  • what kind of job can i expect to get with this degree?

    graduates of our edd in educational leadership and management online degree program will most frequently work as educational administrators in one capacity or another—from a middle-school principal, to a dean of a large and prestigious university. but that is not all that this degree can lead to. other career options for graduates of this program include: instructional developer and coordinator, educational materials creator and developer, teacher, professor, and policy-maker, just to name a few.

  • what scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. alliant international university is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. learn more in our financial options guide.

  • what does the dissertation process consist of for this program?

    the dissertation process begins after you have successfully completed all required courses and have passed the comprehensive exam. you may conduct a research or an applied dissertation through either quantitative or qualitative research methods after consultation with the course instructor for dissertation plan. if you follow the dissertation guided process, you should be able to complete their dissertation at the end of the dissertation preparation course, in the 3rd year of the program.

  • when does the edd in educational leadership and management degree program start?

    the online edd program in educational leadership and management is an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. you can find a copy of our 8-week term academic calendar here.

  • how long does it take to complete the edd in educational leadership and management?

    bachelor's track - this degree is a 61-credit program and takes a minimum of 3 years to complete, across 9 terms and a dissertation preparation and creation period.

    master's track - this degree is a 46- or 34-credit program and takes a minimum of 2 years to complete, across 6 terms and a dissertation preparation and creation period.


program campus locations

the edd in educational leadership program is offered online only. click the image below to learn more about online programs.


why alliant

at alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. our vision is an inclusive world empowered by alliant alumni.


why csoe

at csoe, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals.


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