Educational Leadership and Administration, Ed.D.
Graduate Studies

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration (Ed.D.)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in K-12 educational leadership and administration prepares leaders who confront and adapt to challenges in the complex and ever-changing educational environment. The program is built not only upon a theoretical and research base, but also upon an experiential understanding of pedagogy and administrative practice.

Goals of the Program

  • To provide rigorous, integrated preparation on a part-time schedule for educational leaders who can make educational improvements in their workplaces
  • To offer educational leaders the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to apply research theory and professional experience to the solution of educational problems
  • To support educational leaders in their efforts to become skilled in systematic inquiry, deliberate reflection, and focused action
  • To provide an integrated curriculum which serves as a framework for integrating the student’s life experience and vision

Program Delivery

Accelerated, seven-week classes allow you to start the Ed.D. program on Immaculata’s campus in fall, spring, or summer and complete the program in as little as three years. Most classes are offered in the evening in the traditional classroom format. Some are available on Saturdays, or in an online or hybrid format.

You may also choose to study at one of our off-campus locations. If you are interested in starting a cohort at a location near you, please contact us.

The doctoral program is a part-time program. You may decide how many courses you want to take per semester, understanding that there is an eight-year time frame for program completion.


Immaculata University provided me with an excellent student experience as I pursued my doctoral studies with a cohort of strong educators, who have gone on to become the outstanding administrative leaders of our public, parochial, and private school systems. Much of our success should be attributed to the excellent faculty who directed our doctoral studies, as they were delivering practical, hands-on information, giving sound career advice and always going well above and beyond to make sure we achieved our goals. — Joseph J. O’Brien, Ed.D., Executive Director, Chester County Intermediate Unit

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