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Online Education Graduate Degree

Doctor of Educational Leadership



The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program is designed to provide a practice-based doctoral degree for educational leaders who wish to advance their knowledge and skills to address the critical issues and challenges that exist in the field of education.

The unique design of this program recognizes the application of leadership in the daily work of educators in both P-12 and higher education. The program integrates concepts and research that apply to both educational domains and balances the specific perspectives needed to fully understand each unique domain as well. Students will be given the opportunity to focus on a particular educational domain throughout their coursework including the dissertation that best matches individual interests/goals.

To meet the rural, regional, and national needs for highly-qualified educational leaders, this program will be offered online.


At a Glance
  • Next Start Date June 10
  • Credits 58
  • Length Term: 8 weeks
  • Format Online
  • Tuition $550 per credit hour
  • Complete In Total: 2 years

The unique design of this program recognizes the application of leadership in the daily work of educators in P-12 education.

Dr. Jeff Piquette, Associate Dean of CHEN

Program Details

The Doctor of Educational Leadership degree program requires a total of 58 credits, including a
mix of general leadership courses, research courses, electives, and the dissertation.

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    LEADERSHIP COURSE (24 Credits)

    ED 710: Contemporary Theories in Leadership
    ED 711: Issues in Educational Leadership
    ED 712: Ethics in Educational Leadership
    ED 713: Strategic Change in Education
    ED 714: Policy Analysis & Advocacy for Change
    ED 715: Developing Organizational Culture
    ED 716: Advanced Inquiry & Analysis in Education
    ED 717: Distributed Leadership & Organizational Structures



    RESEARCH CORE (9 credits)

    ED 720: Quantitative Research in Education
    ED 721: Qualitative Research in Education
    ED 722: Data-Drien Leadership

    Electives (9 credits)

    ED 730: Contracts & Negotiation
    ED 731: Economics of Human Resources
    ED 732: Advanced Law & Administration

    Doctoral Practicum (4 credits)

    ED 898: Doctoral Practicum in Educational Leadership

    Dissertation Research

    ED 899: Dissertation Research

Upon completion of your Doctor of Educaitonal Leadership degree, you will be able to:

  • Completers are transformative leaders who engage with complex perspectives to strategically promote inclusive, non-oppressive school contexts that serve the best interests of students, families, and communities for a more equitable and socially-just education system and society.

  • Completers are reflective practitioners who seek and embrace critical feedback with the personal insight necessary to continuously improve and are willing to fully dedicate their knowledge, skills, and passion towards becoming critically conscious scholars, researchers, and change agents.

  • Completers are critical consumers of knowledge that base leadership and professional practice as a leader and scholar on historical and cultural awareness, ethics, and professionalism for the communities served.

  • Completers are academic scholars who are able to design and implement scientific inquiry for the development of new knowledge and data-driven decisions to improve practice.

  • Completers are advocates who have the necessary tools for the design, planning, communication, implementation, and assessment of current or proposed policy and how to engage with appropriate entities for effective change.


As a public and non-profit university, CSU Pueblo partners with you to make your education affordable. CSU Pueblo offers one affordable tuition rate, regardless of residency. 

Doctor of Educational Leadership Rate: $550 per credit hour



Everyone deserves affordable education. That is why we offer a number of scholarships to help you achieve your education goals.


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Candidates who complete the Ed.D. could work in a variety of administrative positions in PK-12 education, higher education, in informal education, and in advocacy positions related to PK-12 education as well as higher education.

Regular status will be given to degree-seeking students who meet all of the following requirements:

A Master’s degree & Principal Licensure (or Master’s plus 3 years of professional experience). A letter of interest that outlines the candidate’s reason(s) for applying to the Ed.D. Program and how they expect to both benefit from and contribute to it.

Two recommendations from Individuals who can speak to potential success in this doctoral program.International students whose native language is not English must also meet the English language proficiency standard set forth in the Graduate Admissions section of the CSU Pueblo Catalog.

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CSU Pueblo Online offers quality higher education instruction to students across the nation. With over 500 years of combined faculty experience, you will learn from experts in the field who will help you take your career to new heights.

Jeff Piquette smiling in front of trees Dr. Jeff Piquette Associate Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Nursing
Vicki smiling outside Vicki Boley Assistant Professor of Education


The online Doctor of Educational Leadership program at CSU Pueblo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Learn more about this accreditation by visiting


Frequently Asked Questions


    Is a EdD degree worth it?

    The Ed.D. at CSU Pueblo is designed to address the increasing challenges faced by educators today. The numbers and kinds of unique challenges in education continue to grow, and the world needs educational leaders who are equipped to handle those challenges.  The program at CSU Pueblo is designed to do this for educators interested in making an impact in P-12 education, higher education, and informal educational settings.


    Am I qualified for scholarships

    You may be qualified for one or more scholarships offered by CSU Pueblo. You must have an updated FAFSA on file with Student Financial Services. Visit the Scholarships page for more information.



    Who can I talk to about my financial aid bill?

    It is important to check your PAWS account regularly. Student Financial Services is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is available via phone at 719.549.2753, email at, and take walk-ins.


    How do I get started?

    First, you'll need to complete our online application. Once all required documents are received, an admissions processor will begin reviewing your application. You should receive an admissions decision within two weeks of receipt of all required documents. For more information, contact our Enrollment Counselor at 719.549.2200.

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