PHD in Educational Leadership Program - Keiser University
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Educational Leadership, PhD (EdL)

Keiser University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership degree prepares reflective scholars and capable professionals who apply theory, method, and research to dynamically improve schools under their leadership and, ultimately, the communities they serve. The program fosters lifelong learning and values leadership, ethical and informed decision-making, diversity, assessment, program evaluation, effective communication, and technology.

Program Objectives

Keiser University’s PhD in Educational Leadership program enables students to contribute to the education profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research. Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Apply leadership theory and ethical, reflective decision-making to manage and administer schools and school systems;
  • Evaluate and apply best practices in instruction using effective teaching practices, emerging technologies, and assessment techniques to achieve optimal educational outcomes;
  • Create a shared vision of a learning culture by understanding and responding to the political, social, economic, legal and cultural environment;
  • Respond to diverse communities of interest to create a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment;
  • Continue to renew and develop expertise in the field of leadership demonstrated by effective written, spoken, and digital communication;
  • Advance the body of knowledge through relevant, reflective, action-oriented research and scholarship.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

Master degree from an accredited institution.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership degree, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Fifty-four of the program hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:

Graduate Division Courses

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (60.0 credit hours)

Foundation Courses (15.0 credit hours)
Ethical and Legal Issues in Education/Leadership 3.0 credit hours
Policy, Politics, and Community Relations 3.0 credit hours
Leading Technology Innovation 3.0 credit hours
Funding of Educational Institutions 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum Design 3.0 credit hours
Leadership Core Courses (12.0 credit hours)
Leadership: Theory and Management 3.0 credit hours
Leadership: Assessment and Program Evaluation 3.0 credit hours
Leadership: Reform and Innovation 3.0 credit hours
Leadership: Human Resources and Professional Development 3.0 credit hours
Elective Courses (6.0 credits required)
Management of Distance Education 3.0 credit hours
Designing Training and Performance Solutions 3.0 credit hours
Differentiated Instruction 3.0 credit hours
Classroom Management 3.0 credit hours
The Profession and Practice of Adult Education 3.0 credit hours
The Foundations, Theory, and Practice of Adult Education 3.0 credit hours
Research Courses (15.0 credit hours)
Quantitative Research I 3.0 credit hours
Quantitative Research II 3.0 credit hours
Qualitative Research 3.0 credit hours
Mixed Methods 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Research: Pre-Proposal and Literature Review
(Pre-requisites: RSM700, RSM800, RSM810, and RSM811)
RSM820 is scheduled as the last course and is not scheduled with any other course
3.0 credit hours
Dissertation Courses (12.0 credit hours)
Dissertation 2.0 credit hours

Residency Requirement

Doctoral students must complete two residencies: one in the first year of the program; the second prior to taking RSM820.

DOPR Doctor of Philosophy Residency One
DOPR2 Doctor of Philosophy Residency Two


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