Academic programs

Ed.D. in leadership

NEW: Summer 2018 application deadline extension -
April 1, 2018.

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 collaborative group Capstone study the final year in the program.

The Department of Educational Leadership is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) which ascribes to six critical guiding principles for Ed.D. Programs.

Delivery methods

Students will have the opportunity to choose whether they want to take the Ed.D. program face-to-face or online.

Face-to-face: The face-to-face program is held on the Monroe Park Campus in vibrant downtown Richmond, Virginia. Classes will usually meet one evening every week and five Saturdays a semester.

Online: The online program is administered using BlackBoard Learning Management Software and requires yearly face-to-face summer residencies that are typically held two days in May. Summer residency dates will be announced soon.

Learning communities

The Ed.D. program offers opportunities for students to participate in Learning Communities* in the following areas:

  1. General Leadership
  2. Higher Education Leadership
  3. Special Education Leadership

When applying to the Ed.D. program, students should designate their chosen Learning Community on the Ed.D. application checklist.

*Be advised that a minimum number of students is required to administer a Learning Community.

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 students matriculated into the program.


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Contact us today

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.
Recruitment specialist
(804) 827-2479
Email: SOEinfo@vcu.edu

Program lead

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Whitney S. Newcomb, Ph.D.
Professor and interim department chair
Educational Leadership