Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EDL) is a three-year degree program designed for working professionals who aspire to be critically conscious educational leaders who address issues that perpetuate inequities in educational settings. Students strengthen their skills for leading groups in high-performing schools, districts, universities, and other educational organizations and applying relevant research to improve their professional practice. Candidates for this program must have earned a master’s degree and have at least three to five years of work experience in a related field.

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Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership

Curriculum Overview

The program is designed for working professionals with classes offered at times that minimize conflict with work obligations.  USC Rossier offers this program on the USC campus in Los Angeles, California and at the USC Orange County Center in Irvine, California.

Four concentration areas are offered at the USC campus:

  1. Educational Psychology
  2. Higher Education Administration
  3. K-12 Leadership in Urban School Settings
  4. Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies (TEMS)

The Orange County site, pending sufficient interest, is only available for the first year, core coursework.

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The Admissions Committee seeks candidates whose academic background, work experience, leadership abilities, and communication skills meet the demands of the program and show promise for a successful career as an educational leader.

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