Prepare to lead change in P–12 educational organizations through your own doctoral research. This online PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration is one of very few online programs to be state-approved, a requirement for principal or superintendent licensure in a number of states. The specialization is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) and is one of several programs that make up Capella's Professional Education Unit, which has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
By choosing an emphasis in School Leadership or District Leadership, you'll focus your studies on strengthening the research, leadership, management, and problem-solving skills needed to be an ethical and innovative principal or superintendent in today's P–12 environment. Upon successful completion, you'll have the knowledge and skills needed to lead at the school or district level and will be prepared to pursue licensure as a P–12 principal or superintendent.
School Leadership emphasis
The School Leadership emphasis is intended for professionals who want to build their knowledge and skills as school principals who provide vision, guidance, and oversight within a school. The curriculum focuses on the principal's role in articulating, developing, and implementing a school vision that aligns with and supports district priorities. You'll assess issues associated with procuring and managing school funds; evaluate research-based approaches for supervising and evaluating teachers and managing the school learning environment, school operations, and resources; examine the role of technology in supporting instructional programs and school operations; and apply best practices for communicating and collaborating with school stakeholders.
District Leadership emphasis
The District Leadership emphasis is intended for professionals who want to build their knowledge and skills as superintendents who provide vision, guidance, and oversight across a district. You'll evaluate the cultural, social, economic, political, and legal contexts of district leadership; assess the strategic planning and processes associated with managing district operations and resources; explore ways to leverage data to make informed district decisions; and apply best practices for communicating and collaborating with district stakeholders.
The Building Blocks of Your PhD
Your PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.
View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, colloquia, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.
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With your PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration from Capella, you'll learn to facilitate the development of a shared vision of learning, promote the success of all persons, and lead the development of a culture of learning. Additionally, you'll be able to manage effective learning environments, effectively collaborate with multiple stakeholders, and lead the field of education in an ethical manner. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.
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Common jobs with an online PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration include school leadership, principal, assistant principal, superintendent, assistant superintendent, curriculum director, assessment and compliance coordinator or faculty member. Potential workplaces include: P–12 public school, P–12 private school, alternative school, land-based or online college or university, school district office, and state education department.