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EdD in Education Policy and Leadership

Required Credits:

40 credit hours


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.

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.

Fall 2019 Application Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline

June 28, 2019

Final Application Deadline

July 19, 2019

Class Start

August 26, 2019

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Sample Course Schedule 

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


  • EDU-702 Collaborative Inquiry through Systems Thinking
  • EDU-631 Educational Leadership & Organizational Change
  • EDU-798 Residency (1 of 2)


  • EDU-703 Designing the Problem of Practice
  • EDU-610 Overview of Qualitative & Quantitative Research Strategies*


  • EDU-634 Education and Public Policy
  • EDU-704 Diversity, Inclusion and Equity


  • EDU-790 Quantitative Research in Education
  • EDU-707 Leadership and Learning Sciences
  • EDU-798 Residency (2 of 2)


  • EDU-705 Strategic Resource Management
  • EDU-737 Partnerships


  • EDU-710 Primary Data Collection and Analysis Research Design
  • Electives (3 credits)


  • EDU-898 Doctoral Research
  • EDU-897 Dissertation Practice


  • EDU-899 Dissertation Defense

AU students in front of the capitol building in Washington D.C.

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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