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Educational Leadership and Management Specialization Doctor of Education

School of Education

Respond to change as a leader in Education

As an educator, the way you manage a culture of learning and address current educational issues can be vital to making a difference in your school or organization. Capella University offers an online Doctor of Education (EdD), Educational Leadership and Management that can help you grow as an informed decision-maker and innovative leader.

Focus on the leadership and management competencies of successful academic professionals. Gain expertise to address critical, real-world problems. This doctoral program can help you enhance your ability to conduct inquiry and analysis, communicate, and make decisions.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start July 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

EdD—program highlights

Action-research capstone

Build applicable solutions to real-world problems within your own organization.

Application-based curriculum

Create artifacts in your courses and use them as teaching tools in the classroom.

Resources and academic support

Access resources such as our EdD Success Pathways tool and support services to help you succeed throughout your doctoral journey.

Professionally aligned

Developed around nationally recognized standards, the curriculum is professionally aligned to help you achieve your goals.

No residencies

Designed to be completed without residencies or other in-person learning experiences, this wholly online program can help you complete your degree as flexibly as possible.

Emphasis on diversity

Expand your approach to encouraging a culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

25 years of online doctoral experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

Meet your Education faculty

We have more than 200 faculty members who teach in our P-12 programs, many of whom also teach and work in districts across the country, providing authentic experiences around best practices and innovative ideas.

Elena Kays, PhD, MA, BFA

Dr. Elena Kays is the department chair within the College of Business, Technology, Education, and Public Service Leadership at Capella University. She is an award-winning pioneer in the development of innovative online programs, as well as her own groundbreaking research on emergent online environments. Kays is the recipient of the 2010 Blackboard Catalyst Exemplary Course Award and the NUTN 2010 Distance Education Innovation Award for the Educational Leadership and Management EdD courses.

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

Doctoral advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That’s why you’ll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Cost & learning format

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$745 per credit, 64 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

Reduce your tuition by $10K

Enroll in your doctorate degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $10K.

Federal work study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

EdD sample courses

The EdD, Education Leadership and Management coursework covers finance, human resources, operations, change management, decision-making, curriculum and instruction improvement processes, cultural competency, and advocacy. With your doctoral capstone, you'll effect change with a research project that addresses real-world issues in lieu of a dissertation.

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EDD8322 *
Leading and Managing Change

In this course, learners work collaboratively at their capstone sites and review literature to identify problems and discuss potential strategies to bring about improvement. Learners demonstrate inquiry, analysis, communication, leadership skills and the ability to evaluate and interpret needs assessment data. Learners develop a data-informed problem statement acceptable to their site. For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8320. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8320 *
Collaboration in Leading and Managing a Culture of Learning

This course explores the relational side of organizations and individual and group interactions and behaviors. Topics include individual and organizational values and beliefs, development of organizational norms, and the role of strong organizational cultures in achieving organizational goals. Learners assess their own strengths as leaders and influencers and examine the impact of cultural diversity and responsiveness on educational effectiveness. This course builds on previous study of systems principles applied to continuous improvement cycles, the power of collaboration, and the characteristics of learning organizations.  For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8306. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8324 *
Leading and Managing the Application of Organizational Theory

In this course, learners apply the leadership and management competencies gained from previous coursework as they analyze the organizational dynamics of their capstone site. Learners engage with stakeholders, capstone site data, and scholarly literature to build their understanding of the problem, the proposed solution, and the dynamics of effecting change/improvement, leading to a plan of action for their capstone project. For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8322. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8306 *
Systems and Theories of Organizational Dynamics and Change

Learners continue their study of leadership and management principles and skills as they develop further understanding of organizational dynamics. Learners build on previous courses to examine and apply the theoretical bases of systems thinking, action science, and change processes. Topics includeapproaches to program evaluation and the role of ethics in decision-making for change and continuous improvement.  For EdD Adult Education, EdD Curriculum and Instruction, EdD Educational Leadership and Management, EdD Performance Improvement Leadership, and Post-Master’s Certificate in Leadership and Accountability learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8304. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to gaining real-world skills as a thought leader in your school or district.

  • Prepare to lead and manage change in educational organizations.
  • Discover ways to encourage and manage a culture of learning.
  • Foster a culture of diversity as a model for effective inclusion and equity.

  • Demonstrate effective, professional communication techniques.
  • Master the decision-making skills that can lead to solutions based on evidence.
  • Design and apply research to drive innovation and improved practice.

EdD career insights

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EdD professional paths

Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to explore with an EdD specializing in educational leadership and management.

Related job titles to explore*

  • President
  • Provost
  • Vice president for student affairs
  • Director of academic advising
  • Director of adult basic education

Related employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public, private, or charter school
  • State education department
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Adult education program
  • Continuing education program
  • Research and policy organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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