Welcome to the Doctor of Education
“Trident’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D. EL) degree provides an outstanding alternative to traditional research-based Ph.D. programs. The Ed.D. program is targeted at practicing professionals, in both traditional and non-traditional settings, who are looking to lead complex learning organizations. It’s a challenging path filled with rewards, designed to shape individuals into innovators and thought leaders who have the know-how and desire to transform educational communities.” – Dr. Heidi Gilligan
The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a post-masters professional practice degree, designed for the working professional. Our 60-semester credit hours degree curriculum requires students to demonstrate their ability to effectively apply expertise and prior experience to the practice of educational leadership in their area of specialization.
See the Trident University Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.
The Doctor or Education program accepts up to 20 semester credits of doctoral level coursework from regionally accredited doctoral granting institutions; subject to approval by the Program Director.
- Higher Education
This concentration is a practitioner oriented program intended for students currently holding leadership positions, or aspiring to obtain a leadership position in a post-secondary education setting. You will learn the conceptual / theoretical, attitudinal, and operation skills to transform and lead change in post-secondary educational systems.
This concentration is intended for students currently holding leadership positions, or aspiring to obtain a leadership position in pre-kindergarten, elementary or secondary education setting. EDD 634 Current Issues in PK-12 Education is a required concentration course. You’ll also take courses like Management of Change in Education, Current Issues in E-Learning, School Reform and Dimensions of Teacher Leadership.
- ePortfolio – To save everything related to the development of your dissertation in a single place.
- 800 Dissertation Tasks Course – Provides a single place to submit, track, and gain approval for completed tasks.
|tuition type||per credit||per course||per year*|
|Retired Military / Veteran / Partnership / And Their Immediate Family Members||$650||$2,600||$10,400|
|Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees||$625||$2,500||$10,000|
- Books and Supplies: $0
- Bounced Check Fee: $30
- Course Materials: $0
- Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
- Doctoral Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
- Food, Housing, and Transportation: N/A
- Graduation Fee: $150
- Lab Fee: $25-69 (for students enrolled in courses with a lab portion)
- Official Transcript: $10 (rush fee $35)
- Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
- Payment Plan Set-up: $30 (non-refundable)
- Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
- Technology Fee: $0
- Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.
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