Ph.D. in Educational Leadership – Online
A doctoral degree represents the highest level of achievement in any academic discipline. The online Ph.D. degree in Educational Leadership is research-based, prepares graduates to excel as researchers, educational leaders at K-12 and higher, administrators, and consultants.
Students who choose this path will experience rewarding challenges that will develop deep knowledge, elevate innovation, and provide the practical skills needed to improve districts and institutions. Earning your online Doctorate in Educational Leadership will not only improve your career – it will allow you to change schools and the lives of the students who attend them for the better.
Individualized Online Doctoral Programs
“Our entirely online program provides students with a unique opportunity to pursue a Doctorate in Education according to a highly individualized agenda, learn in small groups, interact extensively with other scholars in a convenient format, and work closely with College of Education faculty on important research.
Collaborating with our expert faculty allows students to accrue knowledge and strengthen their research acumen through interactions with individuals from a diverse set of industries, including the academic, military, and corporate worlds. From the classroom to the culmination of the Ph.D. dissertation, students will develop the abilities needed to respond to emerging problems and opportunities facing schools.” – Dr. Wenling Li
Integrate theory and research in our online Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program while developing the skills and knowledge to meet the growing and changing demands of diverse student bodies.
As you complete an expansive literature review, interact with leading scholars, and delve into research to answer your most pressing academic questions, you will undergo a transformative journey that will make you a world-class educational leader.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits you – right in the comfort of your home.
See the Trident University Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.
Trident University accepts no more than four semester credits of doctoral level credits from regionally accredited doctoral granting institutions provided the transferred course meets the same content standards as the Trident University course.
Note: Students are required to purchase IBM SPSS Statistical Software for the quantitative research courses and dissertation research.
- Educational Technology
This concentration prepares educational leaders to understand and create new technologically and sound pedagogies grounded in innovative research and practice.
- Health Education
The concentration in Health Education prepares students to serve in the field of health education through teaching, research, and service. We will provide a contemporary curriculum that empowers our students to translate knowledge to meet the growing needs of domestic and global health education. Courses include Research in Educational Leadership, Health Promotion, Program Planning, Design and Evaluation, and Health Behavior and Change.
- Higher Educational Leadership
This concentration prepares professionals from community colleges and higher education institutions.
- Teaching, Learning and Development
This concentration prepares professionals from various sectors in pre-kindergarten through high school level teaching.
- 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.
Students demonstrate a synthesis of their doctoral study, knowledge and scholarship with a significant research project that contributes to general principles of knowledge in the field(s) potentially affected by the research. Following the completion of the course work, including the Dissertation Proposal Seminar (DEL 699), you will work on the dissertation and register in subsequent sessions in the dissertation series (DEL 700, DEL 701, DEL 702), and dissertation continuation courses (DEL 703 and above).
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|tuition type||per credit||per course|
|Retired Military / Veteran / Partnership / And Their Immediate Family Members||$870||$3,480|
|Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees||$800||$3,200|
All per semester credit hour costs are for program level (600/700) courses. Students in the dissertation stage register for one course of four semester credit hours per session. In addition, there are dissertation continuation courses which are $800 per course at 0 credit hours.
- Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
- Bounced Check Fee: $30
- Course Material Fee: $0
- Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
- Graduation Fee: $150
- Lab Fee: $59 (optional - for students enrolled in courses with a lab portion)
- Official Transcript Fee: $10 (rush fee $35)
- Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
- Payment Plan Set-up Fee: $30 (non-refundable)
- Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
- Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.
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