For requirements, objectives, or a more detailed description of the program, please see the graduate catalog
As an educator, you know the impact you have on the lives of your students and their families. Effective teaching, and education in general, is the one tool proven to help lift people out of socio-economic challenges and into success, professionally and personally. This is the path you chose to follow for your professional journey, and you have loved every step. However, now is a good time for a course correction toward administration and leadership roles in K-12 or higher education settings with a PhD in Educational Leadership.
Keiser University can help. Our Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership is designed to give you the tools you need to elevate your career and the schools and educational efforts you lead. You’ll cover leadership skills, instructional best practices, emerging technologies, and assessment techniques to help your school, your district, and your community achieve higher learning outcomes for greater overall success.
Up to 18 credits of transfer credit
Leadership and management career opportunities in K-12 and higher education settings.
Financial aid for those who qualify**
** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.
* Time to completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.
Keiser University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership degree prepares educational leaders—teaching and administration professionals—to dynamically improve schools under their guidance and, ultimately, the communities they serve. Coursework for this educational leadership program fosters lifelong learning and values leadership, ethical and informed decision-making, diversity, assessment, program evaluation, effective communication, and technology.
Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the insights and information students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in this education program or one of the dozens of other graduate programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer a flexible learning option through an online delivery format.
Through our PhD in Educational Leadership program, we help aspiring educational leaders gain the skills and expertise needed to advance their careers in any learning environment—from K-12 to post-secondary higher education institutions.
Take your education career to the next level with Keiser’s educational leadership PhD program. This doctoral degree program is designed to help professionals better manage complex educational issues, from literacy initiatives to recruiting, hiring, and retaining valuable teaching professionals to better managing the enrollment process.
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 will be able to:
To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership degree, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Curriculum coursework includes:
Graduate Division Courses
|Ethical and Legal Issues in Education/Leadership||3.0 credit hours|
|Diversity, Ethical Decision Making, 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|
|Educational Leadership Core Courses|
|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||3.0 credit hours|
|Elective||3.0 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||3.0 credit hours|
|Dissertation||12 credit hours (6 courses at 2 credits each)|
Note: Doctoral students must complete two residencies: one in the first year of the program and the second prior to dissertation.
Upon graduation from our on-campus or online PhD educational leadership program, you will have earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Leadership as well as gained the abilities you need to:
Through Keiser’s doctoral program for education leaders, you will gain an in-depth understanding of everything required to lead educational institutions to greater student achievement. You’ll learn how to assess and improve instructional programs as well as how to recruit, hire, and retain educators who share your vision for school success. Coursework covers emerging teaching and learning technologies, insights into diverse cultures, team building, and more to help you prepare for career opportunities in educational leadership, including:
* Keiser’s PhD EdL is a research-centered program. State requirements for obtaining certification for principal and assistant principal roles vary. Check with your state’s educational governing body regarding the knowledge and skill requirements for principal or assistant principal positions before starting your PhD program.
Have you been thinking about pursuing a higher education degree program to help you pursue a leadership and management position within your district? Keiser University can help. Our educational leadership program can help you elevate your career and your future! Learn more about our PhD in Educational Leadership today by Requesting More Info now!
We understand that today’s students have many responsibilities and obligations in their lives. At Keiser, we deliver the same quality education through different scheduling options to accommodate busy schedules. Whether you choose day, evening, or online classes, chances are, you will find a schedule that fits yours and allows you to fulfill one of the most important commitments you can make – a commitment to your education.