Academic programs
Ed.D. in leadership

Our Doctor of Education in Leadership degree is designed to provide students with the skills needed to manage, maintain and influence organizations, and to succeed in positions of leadership.

This three-year, 48-hour program emphasizes the process of leadership: how to transmit knowledge, how to make sound decisions and how to think critically and analytically about issues from a variety of points of view.

Designed for those interested in critically examining leadership in education, our program provides learning experiences that allow students to research real-world problems of education and leadership. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving and translational research, as well as team instruction and team learning. Students will examine cases built around enduring questions in the field – plugging them into the national conversation and providing the real-world experience that will allow them to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact in their respective careers.

We take great pride in the fact that the graduation rate for the Ed.D. program exceeds 97 percent, and all of our graduates have been placed in school leadership positions.

Curriculum requirements

The Ed.D. in leadership requires a minimum of 48 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Ed.D. in leadership »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Katherine C. Mansfield, Ph.D.
Associate professor
Phone: (804) 828-1940
Email: kcmansfield@vcu.edu