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School districts and other education K-12 organizations need senior leaders with a deep understanding of education policies and education system improvement. With its location in D.C., AU is well-positioned to help students learn how senior leaders can use federal and state policies, educational research, and organizational leadership to make an impact in the field. In alignment with the School of Education’s vision of preparing the next generation of highly effective education leaders, the EdD in Education Policy and Leadership program will complete the School’s spectrum of programming for education professionals.

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Required Credits

40 credits beyond an approved masters degree

Program Goal

Graduates of the EdD program will be equipped with the skills every education leader needs to be effective, including strategic budgeting, collaborative inquiry, talent management, partnership building, learning science, and program evaluation. After completing their coursework and their Problem of Practice (PoP) dissertation, students will have the policy, leadership, and research skills necessary to serve in senior positions in school district central offices, independent schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and more.

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Consortium Member 2019

The EdD program at American University is proudly part of the The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). The vision of the CPED is to inspire all schools of education to apply the CPED framework to the preparation of educational leaders to become well-equipped scholarly practitioners who provide stewardship of the profession and meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.

Spring 2020 Deadlines

Online EdD classes for the Spring 2020 term begin on January 13, 2020. Online EdD applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be emailed directly to RSVP for an individual and group interview. All applicants must complete both an individual and group interview. Interview dates are listed below.

Individual Interview 1
September 23-25, 2019
Individual Interview 2
November 11-13, 2019
Individual Interview 3
December 2-4, 2019
Group Interview 1
September 23, 2019
Group Interview 2
November 12, 2019
Group Interview 3
December 4, 2019

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Information Webinar Sessions

Join our admissions team for a chance to learn more about our EdD in Education Policy and Leadership program. Ask any questions you might have around the application process or program requirements, meet a faculty member from the program and more.

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Course Schedule

To complete the online Doctorate in Education program, students must earn 40 credits beyond an approved masters degree, which includes two (2) required D.C. residencies, encapsulated in the EDU-798 course.

Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

  • EDU 734: Education Policy
  • EDU 702: Collaborative Inquiry Through Systems Thinking
  • EDU 798: Residency (1 of 2)

Semester 2

  • EDU 703a: Designing Your Problem of Practice
  • EDU 703b: Personal Leadership
  • EDU 710: Applied Research Methods I

Semester 3

  • EDU 704: Social Justice & Anti-Racism
  • EDU 711: Applied Research Methods II

Semester 4

  • Elective 1
  • EDU 707: Learning Sciences
  • EDU 708: Building Teams & Growth Culture
  • EDU 798: Residency (2 of 2)

Semester 5

  • Elective 2
  • EDU 737: Political Navigation—Boards, Partners, Political Mapping

Semester 6

  • EDU 705: Strategic Resource Management—Budget & Human Capital
  • EDU 715: Strategy
  • EDU 716: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Semester 7

  • EDU 898: Doctoral Research
  • EDU 897: Doctoral Practice

Semester 8

  • EDU 899: Doctoral Defense

Who should choose this degree?

Students will be trained to be savvy users/consumers of research who solve problems of practice and work to continually improve upon them. Students are comprised of leaders who want to dive deeper into root cause analysis and system thinking.

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