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Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (PhD EdL)

Pursue Educational Leadership Roles Throughout Your District and Community!

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Educational Leadership, PhD (EdL)

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.


At a Glance

Credit Hours

60 Credit Hours


20 Courses


30 - 48 Months*

Week Terms

8 Week Terms

Credit Info

Up to 18 credits of transfer credit

Quick Info

Leadership and management career opportunities in K-12 and higher education settings.



Financial Aid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to degree completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Program Overview

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.

Student First Philosophy

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.

Know Your “WHY”
Commit to Graduation

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.

What Can You Expect to Learn

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:

  • Apply leadership theory and ethical, reflective decision-making to manage and administer schools and school systems
  • Employ best 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
  • Create safe, efficient, and effective learning environments
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Advance the body of knowledge through relevant, reflective, action-oriented research and scholarship

Program Prerequisites

  • Relevant master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • No GRE is required for any of Keiser University’s graduate-level degrees in education, including this PhD educational leadership program.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership degree, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Curriculum coursework includes:

  • Foundation 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
    Research Courses
    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 Courses
    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.

    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency One
    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency Two

Career Pathways in Educational Leadership

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:

  • Better manage and administer schools and whole school systems
  • Evaluate instructional practices, techniques, and emerging technologies
  • Communicate more effectively professionally
  • Incorporate diversity to build safe, efficient, and effective learning environments
  • And more!

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:

  • Principal*
  • Assistant principal*
  • District administrator
  • Dean of students or faculty
  • District education researcher
  • Education program researcher
  • Chief academic officer
  • And more!

* 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.

Start Your PhD in Educational Leadership Program Now!

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!

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Keiser Benefits

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.

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Flexibility and Convenience

When you enroll in Keiser University’s programs, you can pursue your educational goals anytime and anywhere you have internet access.
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One Class at a Time

You have the option of taking just one or two classes at a time, allowing you to concentrate on learning while balancing your education with work, family and other responsibilities. With our “students first” focus and small classes, you’ll receive personal attention from your instructors.
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Experienced Faculty

Keiser University’s dedicated, accomplished faculty members are committed to your success. All faculty are prepared and are actively engaged in the fields they teach. You’ll benefit from their wealth of knowledge and real-world experience.
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Dedicated Financial Aid Support

We are here to help guide YOU through the financial aid process to determine what type of aid you may qualify to receive to support your educational endeavors.


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