Academic programs

Ed.D. in leadership

The Ed.D. in leadership is a 48-hour, 36-month program which centers on action-oriented andragogy and curriculum, includes the application of theory and research, and focuses on addressing practitioners’ problems of practice, culminating in a group Capstone study the final year in the program. The VCU Department of Educational Leadership is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) which ascribes to six guiding principles for Ed.D. Programs:

  1. Is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice.
  2. Prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
  3. Provides opportunities for candidates to develop and demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and build partnerships.
  4. Provides field-based opportunities to analyze problems of practice and use multiple frames to develop meaningful solutions.
  5. Is grounded in and develops a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge, that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.
  6. Emphasizes the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice.

Read the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership handbook [PDF] »

Curriculum requirements

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