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  • Hybrid Philadelphia Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Management (EdD)

    Philadelphia, PA Campus

    Drexel University’s hybrid EdD in Educational Leadership and Management teaches you to navigate and lead in today’s ever-changing educational landscape. Become a change agent for your organization through a mix of foundational leadership and research courses, paired with a choice of 10 concentration options to tailor your degree to your career goals. The program’s hybrid format combines face-to-face learning at our Philadelphia campus with online learning, making the program convenient for working professionals.

    What is a Doctorate in Education?

    If your goal is to work in hands-on administrative leadership roles, an EdD is a great option. Unlike a PhD, which tends to be more research-intensive and designed for those interested in faculty positions, an EdD has a practical focus and looks at real-world applications of your studies. This degree is a good fit for those working in K-12 and higher education, nonprofits, government entities, and corporations that serve the educational community.

    Hybrid Program Features

    • Courses are aimed to develop your personal leadership growth
    • Core courses are taught in-person at Drexel’s main campus in Philadelphia, while concentration courses are completed online
      • 1st Year: Friday and Saturday in person, once a month
      • 2nd Year: Friday OR Saturday in person, once a month
      • 3rd Year: No in-person requirement (all coursework is online)
    • Choose from a variety of concentration options to fit the program to your interests
    • Cohorted program gives you opportunities to network and interact with a community of students that learn and grow with each other

    CPED Program of the year

    Drexel’s EdD in Educational Leadership and Management received the prestigious Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Program of the Year Award in 2019, a distinction that recognizes programs demonstrating excellence, innovation, and impact.

    Concentration Options

    • Athletic Administration
      Covers legal and ethical matters, external funding sources, and additional issues that confront athletic departments in K-12 and higher education settings.
    • Creativity and Innovation
      Provides an in-depth understanding of creativity, enhanced communication, and creative problem-solving; and explores how these may be applied to practical situations in the workplace.
    • Educational Administration (with Pennsylvania Superintendent Letter of Eligibility)
      Examines the impact of education on major social issues and provides the skills and knowledge necessary to develop interdisciplinary models of curricula and teaching strategies.
    • Education Policy
      Engages with policies and policy issues that have an impact on education, those working in it, and those served by it. Includes a heavy emphasis on the roles of ethics and ethical decision-making in policy development.
    • Global & International Education
      Reviews the complex economic, political, cultural, and social structures that shape learning in different parts of the world.
    • Higher Education
      Develops practical skills, using the latest learning technologies, strategies, research, software applications, and management systems for universities and the communities they serve.
    • Human Resource Development
      Produces 21st century leaders with the competencies and capabilities to facilitate workplace learning, performance, and change in any organizational setting.
    • Learning Technologies
      Teaches the skills needed to solve the technological learning challenges facing schools and businesses. Includes a focus on areas such as instructional design, performance support, virtual communities, learning in participatory culture, and e-learning leadership.
    • Nursing Education
      Prepares registered nurses to assume faculty positions while providing a robust interdisciplinary education between Drexel's School of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Those who wish to pursue this concentration must have an RN license.
    • Special Education Leadership
      Provides the unique leadership knowledge and skills needed to successfully direct programs within special education.

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    Why Should You Take a Hybrid Program in Philadelphia?

    Drexel’s hybrid EdD program in Philadelphia gives you the best of both worlds. Your concentration courses are completely online, giving you the flexibility Drexel’s online classes are known for. Your core classes are taught in-person at Drexel’s main Philadelphia campus, giving you the ability to collaborate and learn with your classmates face-to-face. Taking courses on Drexel’s campus also means you have easy access to a host of Drexel on-campus facilities, like the Hagerty Library, the Writing Center, and the Student Recreation Center. You will have online access to these resources as well.

    How to Apply to the Philadelphia Hybrid Doctorate in Education Program

    To apply to Drexel’s hybrid EdD in Philadelphia, you need both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Your master’s degree should be in education (or another appropriate field), and you should have a master’s GPA of at least 3.5. Your résumé should also indicate at least three years of relevant work experience.

    In addition to these academic requirements, you will need to submit a completed application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume, and writing requirements. For a full list of application materials, please visit the Admissions Criteria page.

    Additional EdD Program Options

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses  
    EDUC 800 Educational Leadership & Change 3.0
    EDUC 801 Creative Strategies for Educational Leaders 3.0
    EDUC 804 Program Evaluation in Organizations 3.0
    EDUC 845 Transformative Leadership: Finding One's Source 3.0
    EEDD 888 Educational Leadership for Equity and Social Justice 3.0
    Concentration Course Options (See Below) 15.0-16.0
    Research Courses  
    EDUC 803 Educational Research Design I 3.0
    EDUC 810 Educational Research Design II 3.0
    EDUC 815 Writing for Research, Publication and Funding in Education 3.0
    EDUC 818 Applied Research Study 3.0
    EDUC 835 Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 4.0
    EDUC 836 Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 4.0
    EDUC 837 Advanced Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis 3.0
    EDUC 880 Doctoral Seminar 1.0-1.5
    EdD Candidacy Courses  
    EDUC 997 Doctoral Dissertation 6.0
    Total Credits 60.0-61.5

    Concentration Course Options

    Working closely with your advisor, you'll craft a program concentration most appropriate for your needs and background.

    Athletic Administration   
    SMT 615 Introduction to the College Sport Industry 3.0
    SMT 618 NCAA Compliance 3.0
    SMT 648 Gender Equity in High School & College Sports 3.0
    Select two of the following: 6.0
    SMT 612 Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport  
    SMT 630 Sports Industry Practicum  
    SMT 635 Sport Facilities & Event Management  
    SMT 642 Administration of Interscholastic Sports  
    Total Credits 15.0
    Creativity & Innovation  
    CRTV 501 Foundations in Creativity 3.0
    CRTV 502 Tools and Techniques in Creativity 3.0
    CRTV 503 Creativity in the Workplace 3.0
    CRTV 620 Research Methods and Assessment of Creative and Innovative Thinking 3.0
    CRTV 630 Global Perspectives on Creativity 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Educational Administration (With Pennsylvania Superintendent Certification)  
    EDEX 712 Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education 3.0
    EDAM 817 Curriculum Models 3.0
    EDAM 820 School Superintendency 3.0
    EDAM 824 Parents and Schools 3.0
    EDAM 827 School Superintendent's Internship: Curriculum Models 1.0
    EDAM 828 School Superintendent's Internship: Parents and Schools 1.0
    EDAM 829 School Superintendent's Internship: Budget and Finance 1.0
    EDAM 830 School Superintendent's Internship: Human Resource Development 1.0
    Total Credits 16.0
    Education Policy   
    EDPO 620 Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications 3.0
    EDPO 624 The Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces, Interest Groups, and Politics 3.0
    EDPO 628 American Educational Policy and U.S. Competitiveness 3.0
    EDPO 632 Ethics in Educational Policy Making 3.0
    EDPO 636 Access & Equity in Educational Policy Making 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Global and International Education  
    Select Five:
    EDGI 503 Global, International, & Comparative Education 3.0
    EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education Systems 3.0
    EDGI 510 Culture, Society, & Education in Comparative Perspective 3.0
    EDGI 512 Globalization and Educational Change 3.0
    EDGI 518 Analysis of Policy Issues in Global & International Education 3.0
    EDGI 520 Political Economy of Education Reform 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Higher Education (For those without previous formal study in Higher Education)  
    EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education Systems 3.0
    EDHE 501 Foundations of Higher Education and Governance 3.0
    EDHE 531 Legal Issues & Ethics in Higher Education 3.0
    EDHE 541 Institutional Assessment, Accreditation, and Effectiveness 3.0
    EDHE 621 Neuropedagogy and Assessment 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Higher Education - Alternative Concentration (For those with a strong background in Higher Education)  
    Select Five:  
    EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education Systems 3.0
    EDHE 521 Student Development Theory and Application 3.0
    EDHE 621 Neuropedagogy and Assessment 3.0
    EDHE 622 Neurodiversity in Education and Workforce 3.0
    EDHE 665 Student Success: Learning and Innovative Support Services 3.0
    EDHE 680 Foundations of Evaluation 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Human Resource Development  
    EHRD 500 Foundations of Human Resources Development * 3.0
    EHRD 602 Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning 3.0
    EHRD 611 Organization Development and Change 3.0
    EHRD 612 Strategic Human Resource Development 3.0
    EHRD 660 Principles of Adult Learning 3.0
    Total Credits

    *A 3.0 credit substitute course will be identified to replace AEOD 500 if you've already earned a master's degree in Human Resource Development. 
    Learning Technologies   
    EDLT 537 Technologies for Performance Support 3.0
    EDLT 543
    or EDLT 552
    Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture
    or Instructional Design: Project Management
    EDLT 551 Instructional Design Methods 3.0
    EDLT 554 Learning with Social Media and Mobiles 3.0
    ELL 501 The Purpose and Business of E-Learning 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Nursing Education  
    NURS 591 Foundations of Nursing Education 3.0
    NURS 606 Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition 3.0
    NURS 613 The Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator 3.0
    NURS 615 Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation 3.0
    NURS 616 Teaching Methods in Nursing Education 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0
    Special Education Leadership  
    EDEX 710 School Law & Policy in Special Education 3.0
    EDEX 712 Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education 3.0
    EDEX 714 Development, Supervision, & Support: Special Education Leadership 3.0
    EDEX 716 Organization & Administration of Special Education 3.0
    Supervisor of Special Education Internship Courses  
    EDEX 721 Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Special Education Leadership 1.0
    EDEX 722 Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Instructional Leadership 1.0
    EDEX 723 Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Collaboration & Personnel 1.0
    EDEX 724 Supervisor of Special Education Internship: Finance & Management 1.0
    Total Credits 16.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Master's degree in Education (or another appropriate field) from a regionally accredited institution
      • Master's GPA of 3.5 or above
    • 3 years of work experience relevant to your professional goals
    • Nursing Education concentration only: Current, unrestricted United States RN license

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools), verifying completion of your bachelor's and master's degrees
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Nursing Education concentration only: Copy of your United States RN license
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Writing Requirements

    Personal Essay

    • Discuss your professional goals and aspirations, including how your current skills, along with your study of educational leadership, will support the attainment of these goals. (300 words maximum)

    Problem of Practice

    • In the Drexel EdD program, you'll identify a problem of practice that becomes central to your dissertation research. While the final dissertation topic and document evolve over time, generally, our students arrive with one or more ideas for a problem of practice they have an interest in studying.
    • In this essay, please identify and describe a problem of practice relevant to your current (or a former) professional practice. (750 words maximum)
    • Describe the significance of this problem to the organization.
    • Based on your present understanding of the problem, discuss the potential underlying causes and contributing factors that have created the current challenges.
    • What questions could be explored to learn more about the problem that may help to create potential solutions.

    Writing Sample

    • Provide academic papers from prior coursework or journal articles that cite from peer reviewed articles and demonstrate your academic writing abilities. (5-30 pages)
    • If no prior academic papers are available, please create one on a topic of your choice. (5-8 pages)
    • Alternatively, you may provide a writing sample where you are the solo author—this may be a work-based report that evidences your critical thinking and writing skills.

    Supplemental Documents

    The application process is designed to highlight emerging leaders who can display experience leading teams and groups, strategic planning, and research and development. To make your application more competitive, you're encouraged but not required to submit two or more of the following:

    • A detailed statement discussing your sustained leadership activities
    • A detailed statement discussing your creative activities or products
    • A detailed statement discussing your significant research activities or publications

    Drexel University Employee Applicants

    The EdD program only accepts 5 employees per academic year. Once the application submission cycle is closed, all employee applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made at that time with offers being extended to the top five competitive applications. The Drexel University employee application deadline for Fall 2021 is August 9, 2021.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $1342 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid
    • Additional part-time program fee of $140 per quarter
    • 30% tuition savings available for:
      • Military members serving on active duty or with the National Guard or reserves, veterans, and military dependents
      • Full-time faculty and staff employed at community colleges and their immediate family members
      • Employees and members of Drexel University Online partner organizations and immediate family members
      • Alumni of Drexel University’s School of Education and College of Nursing & Health Professions master’s degree programs
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University
    • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify

    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 11, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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