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EdD degrees offered in Online formats

Beginning in Fall 2021, students will creatively problem-solve today’s most pressing issues in teaching, learning and development. The online Doctor of Education in Leadership program is a 48 credit-hour, three-year, cohort-based learning experience, offering students an opportunity to develop and transform educational processes, practices and organizations, implement design thinking principles, applied research methodology and emerge as a scholar-practitioner. Each fall and spring scholar design teams, including content experts and students, engage in the process of design thinking, research and developing a problem-based dissertation. Doctoral students, along with members of the scholar design team will receive individual and ongoing support throughout the Ed.D. experience. During the application process, students will select an area of concentration; Curriculum & Instruction or Education Administration (Missouri Advanced Superintendent Certification).

Faculty in the Leadership Ed.D. program utilize open educational resources (OER’s), eliminating the cost of textbooks and providing access to the most current research. As a part of the School of Education’s Digital Initiative students will access all program materials via an iPad, which may be purchased through the university, or on a comparable device of their own.

All courses will be asynchronous, with planned synchronous sessions tailored to facilitate the course outcomes, as student engagement is a recognized best practice.

Program Overview

Program Outcomes

  • Develop and transform educational processes, practices and organizations.
  • Implement design thinking principles and applied research methodologies.
  • Emerge as a scholar practitioner.


Application Criteria

Strong applicants for the Leadership Ed.D. program will meet the following criteria:

  • 3.0 GPA in earned graduate degree
  • Experience as educational leaders to include teaching, administration, non-profit, or corporate work experience
  • Excellent academic and personal expression skills

Application Timeline for Fall 2021

January 1- March 31: Complete the Lindenwood University online application, the Leadership Ed.D. Supplemental Application, request four references (at least two from individuals with a doctoral degree), resume and submit official graduate transcripts to Lindenwood Graduate Admissions representative, Angela Adams no later than March 31 to be considered for the fall cohort.

April 1-15: The Leadership Admissions Team will review and score all applicant materials. Writing will be assessed using the following questions:

  • To what extent is the applicant's writing style concise, organized?
  • To what extent does the applicant's essay reflect a solid command of grammar, spelling and fluency?
  • To what extent does the applicant answer the question posed and align experience with philosophy?
  • To what extent does the applicant distinguish their self from other applicants?
  • To what extent does the applicant incorporate research to support the Problem of Practice in the context of ethics, equity and/or social justice? A Problem of Practice is a persistent, contextualized, and specific issue embedded in the work of a professional practitioner, the addressing of which has the potential to result in improved understanding, experience, and outcomes” (The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, 2019, para. 13).
  • To what extent are the citations and references formatted per APA 7th edition guidelines?

April 16-30: Selected applicants will receive email instructions to complete a video response to six questions related to theory, research and practice. The response video should highlight the applicant’s content specialization, ethical decision making and the applicant’s problem of practice. Videos will be submitted through a Lindenwood University Admissions link no later than April 30.

May 1-15: Members of the Leadership Admissions Team will score the applicant’s video response for clarity and content.

June 1: Applicants offered admission will receive letters of acceptance with a link to complete the Leadership Ed.D. onboarding no later than July 15.

August: Classes begin!

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